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! 

My name is Taylor and I am a sophomore studying psychology at Michigan State University. I am from Bay City, MI, where I was previously employed at McLaren Hospital. 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. Pronouns: he/him/his

Ash Boss (they/them/their) is a senior at Michigan State University majoring in both psychology and gender studies, with a specialty in LGBTQ+ studies. After graduation, Ash is planning on moving to the Seattle area to work with queer and trans youth in advocacy and educational roles. Through the experience gained in this lab, they hope to understand the effects of oppression on trans individuals and how to provide support for them to succeed in life, whatever that looks like to them. Outside of professional settings, Ash loves to longingly look at pictures of Mount Rainier, play JRPGs, and crying at pictures of their cats.

Nina (she/her/hers) is a senior studying Psychology at Michigan State University. She is hoping to pursue a graduate degree in School Psychology. She wants to incorporate inclusive educational and emotional support with students from marginalized groups, specifically those in the LGBTQ+ community. She hopes that from participating in this research lab, she will be equipped with the best possible knowledge for providing the support needed for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Her interests include music, game nights, and her pet goats back home in Florida.

Zoe is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology at Michigan State University. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Psychology after graduation, with research in LGBTQ or racial minority fields. Zoe is a volunteer at the Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention (SACI) program at MSU.

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.

Terra Wilder Dunn (she/her) is a senior cognitive neuroscience undergraduate at MSU. Terra is interested in sensory processing and decision making but also identity, behavioral, ethical, and political interdisciplinary niches. Terra vaguely enjoys video games and enjoys a variety of music.

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.