Check out what our lab members have been involved with lately!
- Join the Affirm Lab at the 2021 ABCT Convention in New Orleans from November 18-21! Perhaps you’ve wondered, “Does stigma moderate the efficacy of mental health interventions among marginalized groups?” Dr. Maggi Price and Nathan Hollinsaid will share recent scholarship as part of a symposium with exactly that title! While you’re there, visit one (or all) of Nathan’s three first-authored posters. Nathan will be presenting ongoing research on “Structural Transphobia and the Availability of Gender-Affirming Mental Health Providers,” “State-Level Anti-Black Cultural Racism and Black Youth’s Mental Health,” and “Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 on Transgender and Gender Diverse People.”
- Congratulations to Dr. Maggi Price for receiving a new grant from American Psychological Foundation! It funds the Aim One of “GAPS,” which intends to create a community-based and empirically-informed training for mental health providers in affirming care with transgender and nonbinary youth.
- We are excited to announce that our new study “IMPACTS” has recently received funding from Boston College School of Social Work’s Center for Social Innovation and the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society. Tune in to Affirm Lab News and our social media accounts to hear more about the progress we are making on this new study!
- YGC2 paper was published on July 27th to the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.
- Nathan Hollinsaid has been invited to present findings from two recent projects at the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Future Directions Forum from June 17-19.
- We recently welcomed three new members to the lab: Halina Tittmann, Gabi Ortiz, and Nicole DeSantis! Halina will be working as an undergraduate research assistant, Gabi is Dr. Price's Ph.D. student, and Nicole will be our new graduate assistant after Colleen Johnston graduated from the lab. We are so excited for them to join us!
- Congrats to our Affirm Lab undergraduate research assistant Eddy Jiang who has been accepted to the Boston College Master of Arts (M.A) in Mental Health Counseling!
- Thanks for BC’s Undergraduate Research Fund, we were able to secure the summer salary for Eddy Jiang and another incoming research assistant Halina Tittmann!
- Affirm Lab PI Dr. Maggi Price will be presenting at the NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health on April 14th at 1:45-2:45pm. She will speak to why psychotherapies are less effective for girls living in communities with high sexism. This link allows one to watch the presentation live. See here for the preprint of Dr. Price's paper, "Cultural Sexism Moderates Efficacy of Psychotherapy: Results from a Spatial Meta-Analysis.
- Dr. Maggi Price received the BC Research Incentive Grant for the Summer of 2021 to fund a study focused on developing a provider training in gender-affirming mental health therapy, meaning therapy that affirms transgender and gender diverse youth's (i.e., young people whose gender differs from the societally-defined norms of their birth-assigned sex) gender identities and expressions, empowering them to combat and cope with gender-related stress or discrimination.
- Congrats to Affirm lab graduate Nathan Hollinsaid, who has accepted an offer to join the Clinical Psychology Program at Harvard University as an incoming doctoral student!
- Nathan Hollinsaid presented his paper, "The Effectiveness and Acceptability of Empirically Supported Treatments in Gender Minority Youth Across Four Randomized Controlled Trials" at a Clinical Research Meeting within Boston Children's Hospital.
- Affirm Lab PI Dr. Maggi Price helped write APA (American Psychological Association) resolutions on sexual orientation change efforts and gender identity change efforts and they were adopted the new Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Sexual Minority Persons!
- Dr. Maggi Price was featured in the Boston College Chronicle. When asked to give an example of how this lab could make a difference in improving therapy for stigmatized youth, she said, “We’re preparing to launch a project focused on developing a clinical training in gender-affirming mental health therapy, meaning therapy that affirms transgender and gender-diverse youth’s gender identities and expressions, empowers them to combat and cope with gender-related stress and discrimination, and acknowledges that they deserve to live in a society without these pressures. We are excited to someday offer this training to BC students who are training in or providing clinical services (therapy, nursing, etc.) so that as graduates they will be equipped to provide culturally responsive and supportive care to a wide variety of clients, including transgender folks.”
- Affirm Lab member Nathan Hollinsaid served as a panelist for “LGBTQIA+ Community Voices: Reflections on Healthcare Experiences,” an event hosted by the Harvard Medical School SGM Health Initiative. Watch Nathan’s appearance here.
- Dr. Maggi Price served as a panelist for "Struggling to be Proud and Thriving: Supporting the Well-being and Mental Health of LGBTQ+ College Students," a JED foundation webinar. You can watch the webinar here.
- Congrats to Nathan Hollinsaid, along with co-authors Emma Bokhour, Gabrielle Kaufman, Dr. Christy Olezeski, and Dr. Maggi Price (senior author), whose poster “A Qualitative Analysis of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Gender Minority Adolescents” has been accepted for (virtual) presentation at the 2020 APA Convention. The poster received a $100 award from the APA Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) Section on LGBT Issues.
- Nathan Hollinsaid and Dr. Maggi Price (faculty mentor) were recipients of the Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. The grant, which included a $1,500 faculty stipend for outstanding mentorship, was used to support Nathan's honors thesis.