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College of Nursing

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Liam C. Hein, PhD, RN, FAAN

Title: Associate Professor
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-7683
Fax: 803-777-3771

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 625
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States

Liam Hein


Dr. Hein is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. he completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Health Disparities in Underserved Populations, at the University of Illinois, Chicago, College of Nursing.  he received his PhD and his MSN-FNP from Vanderbilt University.  His BA in psychology was completed at The University of Akron.


Dr. Hein teaches Nursing 700 Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing; NURS 791 – Seminar in Clinical Nursing Research and; Nursing 801 – Theory Analysis in Nursing Science.

Research (Concept Areas)

  • Health Equity
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Health Disparities and Health Policy
  • Empowerment
  • Resilience

Dr. Hein is a leading scholar on LGBTQ health in South Carolina, and is nationally and internationally recognized. he was the initiator and primary author of the first nursing White Paper denouncing reparative therapy, which was adopted as policy by the International Society of PsychiatricMental Health Nurses (ISPN) in 2009. He was the first recipient of the ISPN Diversity Award for contributions to LGBTQ health. In 2013 he received the Palmetto Gold Award from the SC Nurses Foundation for excellence in nursing, specifically for educating students about LGBTQ health. he was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2014. His work has been cited within and outside of nursing. Dr. Hein was invited to the White House by HHS Secretary Sebelius, for a briefing of 150 LGBTQ leaders on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and returned in 2014 for a follow-up briefing. 

Dr. Hein serves on the Advisory Board of the Harriet Hancock LGBTQ Center in Columbia and is the fifth nurse to ever serve on the Board of Directors of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality in its 35 year history. During his tenure, the board of GLMA submitted amicus briefs influencing appellate and U.S. Supreme Court decisions, regarding law and policy related to LGBTQ health.


Dr. Hein’s dissemination activities have included presentations at local, regional, national and international professional conferences as well as presentation of findings to collaborating agencies and community stakeholders. Dr. Hein’s work on the Board of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality was interprofessional and collaborative. GLMA’s work on behalf of LGBTQ health promotion has influenced federal, state and administrative law.

Professional Service

Leadership history
American Academy of Nursing - Chair, LGBTQ Expert Panel (2017 & 2018)
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion (2018 & 2019) 
National League for Nursing – Diversity Strategic Action Group (2014)
International Society for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
Chair, Research Council (2010-2013)
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality
             Vice President – External Affairs (2015-present)
             Board of Directors (2012-2018) 

Professional Practice

ER practice as an RN and NP (levels I to III, rural/ urban, public and private).

Research Studies (Selected)

  • Support groups and the sexual orientations - together or separate? The consumer perspective. Hein –PI. USC Office of the Provost – Clinical Incentive Grant - $14k. 4/12-5/13.
  • Where Did you Sleep Last Night? -  Survival Strategies of Female Homeless Adolescents. Hein - PI. Lesbian Health fund - $8k.  11/07-6/10.
  • Transitions from Homelessness: LGBTQ Adolescents.  NINR 1T32NR007964-01 -$2k. Hein - Study PI; Dancy - T32 PI.  4/07-7/07
  • Survival Among Male Homeless Adolescents. Hein - PI. Sigma Theta Tau, Iota.  $2k. 2005.

Publications (Selected)

AAN LGBTQ Expert Panel.  (2015). Reparative Therapy Position Statement. Nursing Outlook, 63(3), 368-369.

Hein, L. C., & Scharer, K. M. (2015). A modern history of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 29, 49-55. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2014.10.003. 

Hein, L. C., & Levitt, N. (2014). Caring for transgender patients. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, 12(6), 28-36. doi:10.1097/01.NME.0000454745.49841.76. {Awarded the Bronze Award for “Best Feature Article” by the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors.}

Hein, L. C. & Scharer, K. M. (2013). Who Cares If It's a Hate Crime?   LGBTQ Hate Crimes - Mental Health Implications. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 49(2), 84-93.   Early View 12 Sept. 2012. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00354.x.

Damas, T., Hein, L.C., Powell, L. C., and Dundon, E. (2012). Child & Adolescent Sexual Development and Sexual Identity Issues. (E. Yearwood, G. Pearson, & J. Newland, Eds.) Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing (peer reviewed). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Chapter 5.

Hein, L. C. & Berger, K. C. Commentary. Gender Incongruence in Children: Let’s Think This Through. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. In Press.

Hein, L. C. (2011). Survival Strategies of Male Homeless Adolescents Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17(4), 274-282.First published on May 4, 2011 as doi:10.1177/1078390311407913.

Hein, L. C. (2010). Where did you sleep last night? Homeless male adolescents: Gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual compared. [Electronic Version]. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 10, Article 9 from Available February 17, 2010.

Hein, L. C. & Matthews, A. K. (2010). Reparative therapy: The adolescent, the psych nurse and the issues. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 23(1), 29-35. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2009.00214.x   [Accepted 5/18/08. In print Feb. 2010].

Hein, L. C., Powell, L., & The ISPN Diversity and Equity Committee. (2009). International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Position Statement on Reparative Therapy. Electronic Publication – ISPN. Available at:   Accepted by ISPN Board of Directors 1/12/09.


Hein, L. C. (2014, Sept. 11). LGBTQ Hate Crimes in South Carolina. Contributed Oral Presentation. GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality. Baltimore, MD. 

Hein, L. C. & Scharer, K.  (2014, March 29). The Composition of Support Groups in the LGBTQ Community – Input from Consumers. Contributed oral presentation. International Society of Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nurses. Greenville, SC.

Tavakoli, A., Culley, J., Hein, L. C., Frazier, B. & Williams, A. (2013, October 20-23). Using SAS to Examine Social Networking Difference between Faculty and Students. Poster Presentation. SouthEast SAS Users Group Conference. St. Pete Beach, FL.

Hein, L. C. (2013, September 19). Support Groups in the LGBTQ community - What's the Best Make-up? The Consumer Perspective. Poster Presentation. 2013 Annual Conference of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Denver, CO.

Hein, L. C. (2013, April 19). Support Groups and the LGBTQ Sexual Orientations - Together or Separate? The Consumer Perspective. 2013 International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) Conference. San Antonio, Texas.

Frazier, B. Culley, JM, & Hein, L. (2012, April 20). Nursing Education and Social Media Policies. Discovery day at the University of South Carolina. Columbia, SC.


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