Research

We have a variety of on-going research studies and collaborations described below. For more information about our community-engaged approach or our overall research philosophy, see here.

Research Studies

Here are our current and past research studies. Click on each for more details about who is leading the study, the current state of the project, and key information about the methods and findings. 

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Trans Resilience & Health in Sociopolitical Contexts

A collaborative study of how place and sociopolitical events relate to health and resilience for transgender individuals.

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Stress & Resilience Measurement Development Study

A study to develop measures of stress and resilience that accurately reflect the lived experiences of transgender and gender diverse people. 

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Trans Health Study

This study entailed two sections: a unique daily diary study of stress, mental health, and sexual risk behaviors; a one-time survey about stress, mental health, and coping.

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Predictors of Prejudice Against Transgender People

A study on what factors predict prejudice towards transgender and gender diverse people. 

Collaborations

Our group is interested in collaborating with community organizations and with other trans-affirming researchers. If you are interested in learning about our partnerships or joining our work, please reach out to Dr. Jae Puckett at pucket26@msu.edu.

Dr. Zachary DuBois

University of Oregon

We frequently collaborate​ with Dr. Zachary DuBois, a biocultural anthropologist at the University of Oregon. Our joint projects have focused on: prejudice towards transgender and gender diverse people; validation of a scale measuring gender embodiment for trans-masculine people; minority stress and resilience for transgender and gender diverse people. 

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Trans Collaborations 

Ongoing projects with Trans Collaborations are focused on developing and validating affirming mental health practices with transgender and gender diverse clients. We also currently have a grant under review to implement community based, peer-led support initiatives for managing stress post-COVID for transgender communities. 

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Infographics

We are dedicated to making sure our research reaches those who may find it useful. Often academic articles are not accessible and may not convey information in a concise manner. We've put together some infographics to share our past study findings, which are available below. 

This infographic details suggestions for how to improve healthcare and alleviate barriers reported by participants in our Trans Health Study. 

This infographic details rates of discrimination and forms of coping that may impact mental health.

This infographic shares suggestions from participants regarding how to improve healthcare experiences for transgender people. 

This infographic shares findings about what forms of social support are most important for mental health outcomes, as well as resilience. 

This infographic details findings from a study with sexual minorities about decentering as a cognitive coping strategy to manage internalized stigma.

Check out our infographics page for more!

Other Work from the Team:

Team members are involved in many other projects, collaborations, or independent work as well. Here are some highlights of other work from the team: 

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Publications:

Puckett, J. A., Glozier, W. K., Kimball, D., & Giffel, R. (2021; invited submission). A systematic review of sexuality measurement in transgender and gender diverse populations. Psychology of Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity, 8, 276-291. https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000523

Puckett, J. A., & Matsuno, E. (2021). Research on evidence based practice with transgender adults: A commentary on “A Systematic Review of Recommendations for Behavioral Health Services for Transgender and Gender Diverse Adults.” Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 28, 202-205. https://doi.org/10.1037/cps0000018

Kurth, A. E., Puckett, J. A., & Anderson-Carpenter, K. D. (2021). A qualitative analysis of the Texas Privacy Act (Senate Bill 6). International Journal of Transgender Health, 22, 440-453. https://doi.org/10.1080/26895269.2021.1905580

Puckett, J. A. (2021). Mental health. In A. E. Goldberg & G. Beemyn (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies (Vol. 2, pp. 521-528).

 

Puckett, J. A. (2021). Gender minority stress. In A. E. Goldberg & G. Beemyn (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies (Vol. 1, pp. 315-319).

Puckett, J. A. (2019; invited submission). An ecological approach to therapy with gender minorities: Special issue commentary. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 26, 254-269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2019.08.002

Puckett, J. A., Barr, S. M., Wadsworth, L. P., & Thai, J. (2018). Considerations for clinical work and research with transgender and gender diverse individuals. the Behavior Therapist, 41, 253-262.

Puckett, J. A., Mereish, E. H., Levitt, H. M., Horne, S. G., & Hayes-Skelton, S. A. (2018). Internalized heterosexism and psychological distress: The moderating effects of decentering. Stigma & Health, 3, 9-15. https://doi.org/10.1037/sah0000065

Presentations: 

Puckett, J. A., Glozier, K., Kimball, D., & Giffel, R. (August, 2021). Sexuality in transgender and gender diverse populations. Symposium at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association.

Puckett, J. A. (August, 2021). Engaging in culturally responsive TNB focused research: Lessons, commitments, and practices. Symposium at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association.

Puckett, J. A. (March, 2021; invited). Visibility, identity, and resilience: Shedding light on the experiences of transgender individuals. Invited presentation at the Michigan State University LBGT Resource Center Trans Day of Visibility Student Research Symposium.

Puckett, J. A. (November, 2019). Advocacy in action: Psychologists’ role in advocacy to improve the health of marginalized populations. Panel discussion at the annual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Puckett, J. A. (March, 2017). Trans advocacy: Bridging research and activism to encourage social change. Moderator of plenary at the University of South Dakota’s Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies conference.

Puckett, J. A. (invited; September, 2016). Clinical and sociopolitical issues facing LGBTQ clients: Mental health professionals as allies and change agents. Invited presentation at the annual South Dakota Psychological Association Conference.