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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Liam C. Hein, PhD, RN, FAAN

Title: Director of Faculty Fellow and Academy Programs and Associate Professor
Department: Advanced Professional Nursing Practice & Leadership
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-7683
Fax: 803-777-3771
Liam Hein


Dr. Hein is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a Senior Fellow for Health Equity with the Atlantic Institute, Oxford, England, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Disparities in Underserved Populations, at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  Dr. Hein received his PhD and MSN-FNP from Vanderbilt University.  His undergraduate study was completed at The University of Akron.


Dr. Hein has taught Nursing 700 - Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing; NURS 779 – Health Policy;  NURS 791 – Seminar in Clinical Nursing Research; and Nursing 801 – Theory Analysis in Nursing Science.

Research (Concept Areas)

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

Dr. Hein is a leading scholar on LGBTQ health and policy 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 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) in 2009. He was the first recipient of the ISPN Diversity Award for contributions to 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 currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Harriet Hancock LGBTQ Center in Columbia, SC.


Dr. Hein’s dissemination activities have included presentations at local, regional, national, and international professional conferences as well as to collaborating agencies and community stakeholders. 

Professional Service


  • American Academy of Nursing - Chair, LGBTQ Expert Panel (2017 & 2018); AAN
    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 (2015-2016)
                   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)

  • The Partners in Advocacy for Transgender Health (PATH) study. USC Nursing. $6,500. 5/2019-5/2020. Hein -PI
  • Support groups and the sexual orientations - together or separate? The consumer perspective. USC Provost – Clinical Incentive Grant - $14k. 4/12-5/13. Hein –PI.
  • Where Did you Sleep Last Night? - Survival Strategies of Female Homeless Adolescents. Hein - PI. Lesbian Health fund - $8k. 11/07-6/10. Hein –PI.
  • Transitions from Homelessness: LGBTQ Adolescents. NINR 1T32NR007964-01 -$2k. 4/07-7/07. Hein - Study PI; Dancy - T32 PI.
  • Survival Among Male Homeless Adolescents. Sigma Theta Tau, Iota. $2k. 2005. Hein - PI.

Publications (Selected)

  1. *Dickson, L., Bunting, S., *Nanna, A., *Taylor, M., Hein, L., & Spencer, M. (2020). Appointment of a healthcare power of attorney among older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) adults in the southern United States. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 0(0), 1049909120979787. doi:10.1177/1049909120979787
  2. Jones, K., Hein, L. C., & James, L. (2020). A nursing leadership practicum in the time of COVID19: A southwestern university experience. Nurse Leader, doi: 10.1016/j.mnl.2020.06.010. Advance online publication.
  3. Hein, L. C., *Stokes, E., Greenberg, C. S. & Saewyc, E. M. (2018). Policy Brief: Protecting vulnerable LGBTQ youth. Advocating for ethical health care. Nursing Outlook, 66(5), 505-507. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2018.08.006
  4. Hein, L. C., *Stokes, E., & Keepnews, D. (2018). Position Statement. The American Academy of Nursing opposes prevention and limitation of transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military.  Nursing Outlook, 66(5), 508-511. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2018.08.005.
  5. Matthews, P. A., Blok, A. C., Lee, J. G. L., Hitsman, B. L., Sanches-Johnsen, L., Watson, K. S., Breen, E., Ruiz, R., Scout, NFN, Simon, M., Fitzgibbon, M., Hein, L. C., & Winn, R. (2018). SBM Recommends Policy Support to Reduce Smoking Disparities for Sexual and Gender Minorities. Translational Behavioral Medicine. e-first 27 January 2018
  6. AAN LGBTQ Expert Panel.  (2015). Reparative Therapy Position Statement. Nursing Outlook, 63(3), 368-369.
  7. 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.
  8. 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].
  9. 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. 
  10. 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.
  11. Hein, L. C. & Berger, K. C. Commentary. Gender incongruence in children: Let’s think this through. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 25(4), 237-240. doi: 10.1111/jcap.12014
  12. 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.
  13. 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 images/SNRS/Files/SOJNR_articles2/Vol10Num01Art09.pdf. Available February 17, 2010.
  14. 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  

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