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Our long term mission is to reduce inequities for stigmatized youth. To accomplish this, we conduct research in 3 domains:

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1. Understand the unique experiences of youth with more than one stigmatized identity

Examples: discrimination, bullying, living in a transphobic society

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2. Determine how stigmatized youth's unique experiences affect their mental health + wellbeing

Examples: internalized transphobia, social isolation

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3. Identify methods of improving services and environments for stigmatized youth

Examples: effective gender-affirming care training methods, adding inclusive spaces to schools

Our Current Studies

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Gender-Affirming Psychotherapy Study (GAPS)

Transgender youth often struggle to find therapists who understand their specific needs and provide adequate support. To help close some of the "GAPS" in therapists' training, we have created a virtual training to teach therapists how to best serve transgender youth based on input from transgender youth, their caregivers, and mental health provider experts.

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Improving Methods of Providing Affirming Care to Transgender Students (IMPACTS)

Transgender students face discrimination and other difficulties at school.  Many school staff want to learn how to support transgender students but few have the necessary resources and knowledge to adequately support them. We have created an online training program for school staff, based on input from transgender students, their caregivers, and school staff. 

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