I am collaborating with the Center for Collegiate Mental Health and researchers out of Penn State University to examine the mental health of trans and genderqueer college students. We are interested in understanding how trans and genderqueer individuals experience counseling vis-à-vis anxiety and depression symptom reduction.
My team and I are currently working on several exciting projects. I have teamed up with researchers and therapists dedicated to serving the sexual minority Mormon community to examine the impact of lifestyle choices on the mental health of sexual minority religious individuals. In particular, we are looking at individuals who are single and celibate, single and not celibate, in a mixed orientation relationship, and in a same-sex relationship. We are interested in how individuals in each of these groups differ from one another in demographic characteristics and mental health outcomes. We are also interested in creating profiles if possible for each relationship choice to understand what characteristics are likely to lead individuals to be satisfied with their relationship choice.
I also operate a lab at Rhodes College that is dedicated to understanding the intersectional nature of faith, sexuality, and gender, and their influence on mental health. Using data from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, we are currently examining how the influence of individual, congregational, and denominational variables on attitudes toward homosexuality and religiosity.
Projects consistently change. For the most up to date information on my research, contact me here.