Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide among Sexual Minority Youth. This project establishes a longitudinal cohort study of risk and protective factors for suicide for sexual minority youth in three U.S. cities. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

The Role of SOGI-Focused School Policies, Programs, and Practices on Student Well-Being (SOGI-3P). This project uses population-based data from several states to examine the role of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) focused school policies and practices on student health and achievement. Funded by the New Ventures Fund.

The Generations Study: Identity Stress and Health in Three Cohorts of Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals. This project incorporates a national survey with in-depth life history interviews to understand the link between minority stress and health for three cohorts of LGB in the United States. Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.


Projects led by trainees in Dr. Russell’s lab

Sexual Minority Youth Alcohol Use: Risk and Protective Factors. This project is led by Jessica Fish, a postdoctoral fellow in the SOGI: Health and Rights Lab. It explores mechanisms that increase risk for excessive alcohol use and alcohol use disorders among LGBQ youth and young adults to inform prevention and intervention efforts focused on reducing LGBQ youth alcohol use and alcohol use disorders. Funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Correlates of Couples’ Sexual Communication: A Meta Analysis. This project is led by Allen Mallory, a graduate student in the SOGI: Health and Rights Lab. The goal of this meta-analysis is do a systematic review of research on couple sexual communication outside of STIs and condom use. This will help to better understand factors that improve or hinder couple’s discussions about their sexual relationship.