Megan Visser is a sociology Ph.D. candidate at UC San Francisco and a spiritual care professional.


I am a Sociology PhD candidate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California San Francisco, completing dissertation research in 2022.

My current research explores how social practices and communities influence resistance to the effects of systemic oppression on health. My dissertation aimed to understand how religious and spiritual practices have shaped the everyday lives of Women of Color with a chronic health condition. Another current project focuses on end-of-life decision-making for people exiting chronic homelessness. My past research projects have focused on emotional resilience of frontline abortion care providers, multi-cultural community engagement in ethics of clinical research, and Womanist/Black feminist contributions to the principle of respect for autonomy in medical care.

I am also ordained clergy (Unitarian Universalist) with over a decade of experience as a religious professional and a seminary educator. I currently serve the Unitarian Universalist congregation of Santa Clarita Valley, and will begin a chaplan residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and California Rehabilitation Institute in Los Angeles, CA.