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
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
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!
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
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.”
The Affirm Lab's very own Dr. Maggi Price was recently featured in an article published
by BCSSW News, and in another introducing new faculty!
Affirm Lab PI Dr. Maggi Price and lab members Emma Bokhour, Gabrielle Kaufman,
McKenzie Sheridan, and Nathan Hollinsaid presented findings from their paper "The
Experiences of Gender Minority Youth and Their Caregivers in Mental Health Treatment:
A Qualitative Analysis" at the 2020 APA Convention. Their presentation was part of a
symposium on "LGBTQ-Affirming Therapy." Watch the video to the right!
In other exciting APA convention news, Nathan Hollinsaid, and coauthors Emma Bokhour,
Gabrielle Kaufman, Dr. Christy Olezeski, and Dr. Maggi Price, presented their poster
"A Qualitative Analysis of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Gender Minority Adolescents"
at the Division 17 poster session.
Affirm lab graduate Hilary Skov started her doctoral training in School Psychology at Tulane
University in August 2020. She will be working with Dr. Sarah Gray in the Child and Family
Lab on research focusing on the psychosocial and physiological consequences of exposure
to early life stress and trauma, and how parent-child interactions can promote resilience to
these stressors. Like the Affirm Lab, the Child and Family Lab also integrates
narrative measurement to understand both the experience of each child and how parents
and caregivers perceive their child’s experience.
Affirm lab graduate McKenzie Sheridan has begun work on her Clinical Psychology PsyD at
William James College. She is entering as an advanced standing student in the children and
families of adversity and resilience concentration and will be completing 2nd year
coursework. McKenzie’s internship for this year will be at Trauma and Family Integration, LLC
based in Lowell, MA providing in-home therapy to families and individual tele-
psychotherapy to adults in their outpatient clinic. McKenzie has begun work on her Doctoral
Project which will be focused on the trauma experiences of sexual and gender minorities of
color. Additionally, McKenzie has joined the Rainbow Alliance and will serve as a graduate
assistant to the Workforce Development office at William James.
August 30th - McKenzie Sheridan’s M.A. degree in Mental Health Counseling is officially
conferred by Boston College.
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.