Jae A. Puckett, Ph.D.
Trans-ilience: The Transgender Stress and Resilience Research Team is led by Dr. Jae A. Puckett, an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Puckett relocated to MSU from the University of South Dakota (Fall 2018), where the research team was previously organized.
My research focuses on the unique stressors that impact transgender and gender diverse individuals, the impact of these stressors on health outcomes (including mental health, substance use, and sexual health), and ways that resilience is experienced in the lives of transgender and gender diverse people. The research team uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches to answer research questions in these areas.
Our research group is dedicated to conducting research that is relevant and impactful for the communities that participate in this work. As such, we make sure to incorporate community members throughout the research process. This includes as members of the research team, as well as through our collaborations and the community advisory board that is central to our work. We also strive to bridge research and activism and use research to contribute to positive social change for transgender and gender diverse people.