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Military Acceptance Project
First-ever Department of Defense-supported examination of active duty LGBT service members’ behavioral health needs. Research includes qualitative interviews and quantitative surveys with LGBT service members from each of four military branches (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines), and will include recommendations to the Department of Defense regarding improving the health and well-being of LGBT service members.

  • Phase I: A diverse sample of active duty service members across branches of the military recruited for life history calendar interviews on experiences with military related minority stressors. Service members spanned the spectrum of LGTBQ+ identities serving across the globe. Transcripts are being analyzed for major themes across study participants.
  • Phase II: A diverse sample of 480 (LGBT n=240, cisgender heterosexual n=240) active duty service members across four military branches will be recruited through respondent driven sampling (RDS). Service members will participate in an online quantitative survey created from the interviews in Phase I. Individual in-depth surveys, questionnaires, and egocentric social network structures will be elicited and combined across reports to generate a sociometric network map within each service branch.

The Trevor Project
An evaluation of the Trevor Project (TTP), a crisis service provider for sexual minority adolecents (SMA) and young adults, and the enhancement of a theoretical model of suicide prevention tailored for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals.

This Phase 2 of the TTP involves recruitment of a diverse sample of 200 LGBT adolescents ages 14-17. Participants will be interviewed at baseline, and then a follow up every three months through month 12. This will have repeated measures of key constructs (gay-related stress, mediators, moderators, and suicidality outcomes). Longitudinal quantitative methodology including individual growth-curve modelling and mediation analysis will be implemented, which are rarely used to examine longitudinal suicide risk among SMA.

Proud and Empowered!
An LGBT-affirming intervention developed for LGBT adolescents experiencing disparities in behavioral health outcomes, seeking to to address problems such as depression, anxiety and trauma symptomatology by focusing on the underlying mechanisms of change, minority stress.

A Longitudinal Investigation of Minority Stress in a Diverse National Sample of Sexual Minority Adolescents
The goal of this 5-year grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is to determine how different trajectories of minority stress experienced throughout adolescence may predict behavioral health outcomes for sexual minority adolescents (SMA). In collaboration with our team at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), we will follow 1,500 adolescent (age 14-17) participants for four years, incorporating the fundamental tenets of developmental psychopathology and minority stress theory. The study will be one of the first to determine in a national sample how minority stress may influence health across the course of adolescence and into young adulthood.

Substance Use and Technology: Testing an Innovative Method for YMSM Recruitment
National Institute on Drug Abuse funded study which examines the feasibility of using geosocial networking applications (e.g., Grindr, Tinder, Hornet) to recruit probability samples of 18-24 year old sexual minority men. The study involves the recruitment of half the sample using venue-based stratified probability sampling and half the sample using geosocial networking application probability sampling. Ultimately the study compares sample characteristics (i.e., demographics, mental health, and substance use) and recruitment methodology cost and recruitment efficiency, in order to make suggestions for future research with this population.

Talk 2UR Brain
Department of Defense-sponsored study assesses the efficacy of neurofeedback training for symptomatic reduction in veterans with PTSD. In collaboration with Tel Aviv University, we have developed a virtual reality-setting coupled with an EEG to record participant brain waves during neurofeedback sessions. During training, participants learn internal strategies for downregulating their amygdala, a region of the brain shown to be highly correlated with PTSD symptoms and PTSD onset following traumatic experiences.

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH): The Impact of Early Medical Treatment in Transgender Youth
The Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Program (LEAH) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is one of seven interdisciplinary training programs funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The CHLA LEAH program is dedicated to training future leaders in adolescent health with the goal of reducing health disparities, as well as improving health equity and services delivery for adolescents. CHLA LEAH fellows participate in mentored, hands-on, and educational trainings in adolescent health, focusing on interdisciplinary practice, leadership skills, research, public health, advocacy, and policy. Training focuses on five key adolescent health disciplines: medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology and social work.

The first U.S.-based, national multi-site observational study examining the physiological and psychological outcomes of existing medical treatment protocols for gender dysphoria, including puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones in early and late pubertal transgender and gender non-conforming youth.