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Despite recent social and legal advances, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people continue to be disproportionately affected by mental and physical health problems.  The mission of my program of research is to improve the lives of sexual and gender minority populations, particularly emerging adult LGBTQ subgroups.  My research is guided by syndemic theory, which posits that multiple epidemics, which are exacerbated by structural inequalities, synergistically interact to compromise the health of LGBTQ people.  My work is comprised of four foci: intimate partner violence (IPV), consensual non-monogamy (CNM), health-risk behaviors, and collective trauma.  The overarching goal of my research is to better understand how behaviors, identities, and contexts interrelate to influence mental and physical health outcomes.  Learn more about my lines of research using the links below.

Intimate Partner Violence

Learn more about my program of research regarding intimate partner violence among young gay and bisexual men.

Consensual Non-Monogamy

Learn more about my studies of CNM relationships among young gay and bisexual men.


Health-Risk Behaviors

Learn more about my studies of condomless sex, substance use, and mental health problems among young gay and bi men.

Collective Trauma

Learn more about my studies of trauma among LGBTQ people following the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in 2016.

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