The SOGI: Health and Rights laboratory focuses on the role of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in human health, development, and rights. Our projects focus on the links between SOGI and health/well-being, with an emphasis on how prejudice and stigma shapes daily life. Our research includes attention to the unique vulnerabilities and strengths of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) people across the lifespan, yet most of our studies focus on adolescents and healthy development.
- 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 Communities for Just Schools 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.
- The Crossroads Collaborative: Youth, Sexuality, Health, and Rights. This project combines local and national studies, research training, and strategic communications for YSHR, and is funded by the Ford Foundation.
Undergraduate research assistants wanted to support the research of the SOGI: Health & Rights lab.
Research assistants may volunteer or sign up for course credit; a small number of positions may be available for pay. Research tasks will include data entry, basic data summary analysis and reporting, library research / literature searches and bibliographic database management, and some data analysis (depending on interests and experience). Past experiences including library searches, bibliography software, Microsoft Excel and Word, and statistical analysis software are desirable but not necessary. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential. Interested students at different experience levels are encouraged to apply – no prior experience is required.
If you are interested, please send the following information by email to:
- Name / contact information
- Class and major / minor
- Description of prior research experience, if any
- Description of interest in the projects of the lab
- Interest in course credit, work for pay, or both / either