Meet our Research Team! 

Trans-ilience: The Transgender Stress and Resilience Research Team includes various undergraduate and graduate students interested in transgender health research. See below to learn more about members of the research team! 

Current Research Assistants

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Rin Nguyen (Any Pronouns) is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Michigan State University. Rin’s research interests revolve broadly around LGB and transgender and gender diverse (TGD) issues, with an emphasis on mental health disparities and discrimination. In addition, Rin is also interested in topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) (e.g., sexual health, sexual assault, domestic violence, body image). Rin looks forward to a future career in academia incorporating clinical work, research, and teaching. Outside of the lab, Rin can generally be found doing a variety of arts (e.g., drawing, painting, dancing, playing the violin, etc.), binge-watching anime, cheating on Minecraft, and building a hamster kingdom.

Rin Nguyen

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My name is Taylor and I'm a  junior majoring in psychology and minoring in LGBTQ+ studies. I'm from Bay City, MI, where I was previously employed at McLaren's Adult Psychaitric Facility. After my undergraduate degree, I will be attending medical school to study child and adolescent psychiatry. 

Being a part of this team will further my dreams in empowering LGBTQ+ youth and advocating for equality. In my free time, I enjoy serenading my pet cats, Peanut and Blue Cheese.

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Taylor Anderson

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Maryam Razzaq is currently working on a Graduate Certificate in Medical Neuroscience at Michigan State University, where she recently graduated from with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology.  Her research interests include highlighting barriers transgender and gender nonconforming individuals face with healthcare professionals and how they can be overcome. At the moment, she is working on a study that examines the mental and physical health of trans individuals in different geopolitical locations. In her free time, Maryam enjoys photography, spending time with her friends and family, and obsessing over her cat.

Maryam Razzaq

Cyn Brown (they/them/their) is a third-year student majoring in Neuroscience & Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Given Cyn’s multifaceted background and diverse skill set, they hope to bring a unique perspective to psychological research. Cyn’s research interests are broad, but presently center on queer and trans health. In their free time, Cyn enjoys spending time with their delightful partner, appreciating and creating art, direct action, ballroom dancing, adventuring, and lusting after menswear they can’t afford.

Cyn Brown

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My name is Kaelan Camp (he/him/his) and I’m a Senior at Michigan State University majoring in Psychology with minors in Gender and Women’s Studies and Educational Studies. I am from Traverse City, MI. After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school to pursue a degree in School Psychology. I hope to create a more inclusive educational setting for students coming from marginalized groups, as well as educating staff on issues within these groups. I have a specific interest in the advocacy of students with cognitive and physical impairments, and students within the LGBTQIA+ community. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my dogs and traveling out west to hike in the mountains!

Kaelan Camp

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Rowan Giffel (they/them) graduated from Michigan State University in 2019 with a BA in English, an additional major in psychology, and a minor in LGBTQ+ and sexuality studies. They hope to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community through research and art with the focus of many of their projects being on representation, reclamation, and socioeconomic inequalities. In their spare time, Rowan writes and plays instruments.

Rowan Giffel

Past Members

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Ash Boss (they/them): research team member 2018-2019

Ash Boss

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Nina Brown (she/her/hers): research team member 2018-2019

Nina Brown

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Bella Andrus (she/her/hers): research team member 2018-2019

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Zoe Xu (she/her/hers): research team member 2018-2019

Zoe Xu

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Terra Wilder Dunn (she/her): research team member 2018-2019

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