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Welcome to the Sexuality, Health, and Gender Lab at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science!

The overarching goals of the lab are:

1) to advance our understanding of the health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations across the lifespan;

2) to develop, test, and disseminate interventions to improve health and wellbeing in these populations.

We are particularly interested in identity-specific risk and resilience processes as they relate to mental health, substance use, and sexual health.


Much of our work focuses on bisexual, pansexual, and queer (bi+) populations, because they are at increased risk for mental health and substance use problems relative to both heterosexual and gay/lesbian individuals, and they experience unique stigma-related stressors that other sexual minority individuals do not.

We use a range of methods to accomplish these goals including: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods; cross-sectional, longitudinal, and experience sampling methods; individual and dyadic analyses; and surveys, interviews, and clinical trials.

At its core, our work is informed by our passion for and commitment to social justice and health equity.

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