Research that helps LGBTQ people
Can we strengthen LGBTQ people’s resilience?
Exposure to anti-LGBTQ messages puts LGBTQ people at risk for psychological problems, such as depression, suicide, and substance abuse. We develop approaches to help LGBTQ people strengthen their ability to overcome the negative impact of societal stigma. Our online interventions can help hard-to-reach LGBTQ individuals, such as youth, people in rural areas, and people not connected to local LGBTQ communities. Our research shows that participating in our activities for less than an hour can reduce internalized stigma!
How can law enforcement respond to LGBTQ community needs?
Based on information we gathered about LGBT people’s positive and negative experiences with law enforcement, we developed and evaluated training for police officers. The training was effective, and we found that LGBTQ people respond positively to law enforcement who are respectful and caring and who intervene when anti-LGBTQ harassment occurs.
Can we improve therapy for LGBTQ people?
Therapy can be an opportunity for LGBTQ people to receive healing and affirmation or it can be a negative experience due to therapist bias or lack of guidance on how to provide effective therapy for LGBTQ clients. We study LGBTQ people’s responses to therapy and, drawing on our research findings, we train therapists to provide evidence-based, LGBTQ-affirming therapy.