Our research cuts across a variety of areas, but is built around understanding the effects of stigma on transgender and gender diverse individuals, as well as the ways that people cope with and are resilient in the face of these social stressors. Below you can find out more information about our current research studies.
Principles of Care
In this project, the research team is working with Trans Collaborations, a community-based partnership that originated with community members in Lincoln, NE and Drs. Debra Hope and Richard Mocarski, who are researchers at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Kearney, respectively. Through our joint research, we are working to create Principles of Care that can be used by mental health professional working with transgender and gender diverse individuals. Often times, these clients receive substandard or even marginalizing mental health services. We seek to change that through developing community driven guidelines to better inform therapists working with this community. Over the coming year, we will be using these guidelines to inform a cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention and will evaluate this intervention.