Donovan Ackley III, Ph.D.

Peer support specialist, religious studies scholar

Donovan Ackley III, Ph.D. (formerly Heath Adam or Heather Ann) is an independent consultant on trauma-informed peer support curricula. Formerly Director of Training & Curriculum at the U.S.-Canadian peer support non-profit Trans Lifeline, he spent two decades as a professor of Religious Studies and of Gender and Sexuality Studies (University of Redlands, University of California at Irvine, Azusa Pacific University). He is the author of Women, Music and Faith in Central Appalachia (2001) and of chapters in Women of the Mountain South: Identity, Work, & Activism (2015), Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family and Themselves (2014), The Encyclopedia of Appalachia (2006), and Creation and The Environment: An Anabaptist Perspective on a Sustainable World (2000). Dr. Ackley was formerly known as Heath Adam and as Heather Ann.