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 gender non-binary college students. We are interested in understanding how trans and gender non-binary 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 several well known LGBTQ and
religious researchers 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 strong of a relationship sexual orientation discordance (lack of agreement between sexual attraction, behavior, and/or identity) has with mental health outcomes. We are also examining how religious attitudes, practices, and worldview may affect attitudes toward homosexuality and mental health treatment seeking.
Projects consistently change. For the most up to date information on my research, contact me here.