Minority Stress & Trauma Lab

We are researchers affiliated with Syracuse University who are interested in better understanding LGBTQ+ individuals living in New York. We are recruiting folks who identify with diverse sexual identities (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, asexual, pansexual, demi-sexual, same-gender-loving) and gender identities (e.g., trans, nonbinary, gender fluid, agender, cisgender). Specifically, the purpose of our research study is to identify ways that LGBTQ+ folks living in New York have been affected by trauma, including their coping strategies, mental health, and help-seeking experiences.    

We are recruiting participants to take part in our online research study, consisting of a brief (5-minute) screener to determine eligibility. After, eligible participants will be invited to the main study, which involves a 45-60-minute online survey. Thus, the entire research study will be completed online and take approximately 65 minutes total. You must be at least 18 years old to participate.    

By participating in this paid study, you will be entered into a raffle to win one of 4 $25 Amazon gift cards (for an alternative payment method, please email study staff at [email protected]). Should you be chosen as a winner (1.1% chance of winning), you will be sent the gift card via the email address you provide in the compensation survey.  You can also earn $10 if you are eligible and participate in a 45-60-minute online survey immediately following the screener survey.     

Please complete the following brief (< 5 minutes), online Eligibility Screening Questionnaire at your earliest convenience to confirm eligibility for this study. You can click the following link (or “cut and paste” the link into your preferred Internet browser): https://bit.ly/36jNfN6    

Thank you again for your interest in our study! Please feel free to pass along this announcement to other LGBTQ+ people who might be interested in participating in our study. Please contact Dr. Jillian Scheer, the study Principal Investigator, at [email protected] if you have any questions.    

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Supporting Trans Justice

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Trans Survey

We’re proud to announce that the U.S. Trans Survey is now open and ready for you to take! Whether you pledged to take the survey or not, you can take the survey today!!

As trans people, we know that we’ve accomplished incredible things together as a community. Join thousands of other people folks around the country in sharing your experience to create a clear picture of what it’s like to be trans in the United States.

If you are trans and plan to take the survey, here’s what you need to know:

  • The survey is open to people of all trans identities (binary and nonbinary), ages 16 and older, living in the United States and U.S. territories, regardless of citizenship status.
  • If you pledged to take the survey, you are not obligated to take the survey. Participation is voluntary. When you click on the link to start the survey, you will be asked to consent to take the survey.
  • The U.S. Trans Survey is an anonymous survey. Your response will be kept confidential and will not be used to identify you.
  • The time required to take the survey may vary, but make sure to set aside at least 60 minutes to take the survey.
  • The survey will be available in both English and Spanish.
  • Please let your trans friends and siblings know about the survey too!

The U.S. Trans Survey is being conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality in partnership with the National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, [email protected] Coalition, and National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance.

If you have any questions, please reach out at [email protected]

Again, thank you so much for being part of this important survey. We're excited to see the results!

Click here to take the survey now!

With love and solidarity,

The U.S. Trans Survey Team

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Women with Multi-Gender Attraction Study

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University of Rochester research study with transgender and gender diverse teens

Are you a teen (or the parent of a teen) who identifies as transgender, nonbinary, or gender-diverse (i.e., non-cisgender)? Have you (or your teen) experienced suicidal thoughts or behaviors in the past year? You and your parent (or you and your teen) may be eligible to participate in a paid research study aimed at understanding how parent-teen relationships impact suicidal thinking among TGD (transgender and gender diverse) teens! Please contact our study team at [email protected] or visit our webpage at http://www.psych.rochester.edu/MHFC/TGNC-Teen-Study/ to learn more.
 
*Families must live in New York State for the duration of the study. Study is funded by the American Psychological Foundation and has been approved by safety and ethics committee at University of Rochester (RSRB STUDY00005555).​​
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The Impacts of School Experiences and Environment on LGBQ+ Identity Development

Eligibility: anyone who is 18 years or older, identifies as LGBQ+, and attended high school in the U.S is welcome to participate in the survey.  

The survey should take between approximately 15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and the survey can be closed at any point without any penalty to you. Additionally, you are free to skip any questions while completing the survey. Your answers will remain completely anonymous. There are no identified risks to participating in this study 

Potential benefits for participating include reflecting on your own experiences and growth, as well as contributing to a growing body of research about how to develop an affirming school environment.

To take this survey please click this link: https://und.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_elc2aPKXOfSSY9U 

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The LGBTQ+ Families and Schools Study

LGBTQ+ parents and caregivers and youth with at least one LGBTQ+ parent or caregiver, we want to hear from you!

You can help GLSEN, Family Equality, and COLAGE inform education policymakers and the public about what’s really going on in our nation’s schools for families like yours by completing the LGBTQ+ Families and Schools Study Survey.

The LGBTQ+ Families and Schools Study will be an important tool for fighting anti-LGBTQ+ bias in K-12 schools across the nation. The information gathered from this survey will help GLSEN, Family Equality, and COLAGE to inform education policymakers and the public about the right of all students to be treated with respect in their schools.

Students, if you have one or more LGBTQ+ parent(s) or caregiver(s) and attended high school or middle school sometime during the last school year (2021-2022), and are at least 13 years old, tell us about your experiences in school. (If you did not complete the entire school year you can still participate in the survey.) The survey is completely anonymous. Participants have a chance to win one of 20 $50 e-gift cards.

Click here to take the student survey

LGBTQ+ parents, if you are a parent or caregiver of a student who attended elementary, middle, or high school sometime during the last school year (2021-2022), and identify as LGBTQ+, tell us about your experiences with your child’s or children’s school. (If your child(ren) did not complete the entire school year, you can still participate in the survey.) The survey is completely anonymous. Participants have a chance to win one of 20 $50 e-gift cards.

Click here to take the parent survey


If you have any questions about the survey, contact Dr. Joseph Kosciw, Director of the GLSEN Research Institute, at [email protected].

A report of findings from the LGBTQ+ Families and Schools Study will be available in Fall 2023.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action Program has funded an international study to understand the experiences and needs of transgender and gender diverse young people in the United States as compared to the Netherlands. This study is a partnership between Children’s National Hospital (Washington, D.C.), VU University (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), and US and Dutch experts in trans health and equity. The study is open to transgender and gender diverse youth who are 11-16 years old. The study is conducted fully online and takes a total of about 3 hours to complete, split across 3 shorter sessions. Families are compensated $200 for their time. The questions included in the study focus on strengths, areas of challenge, and hopes for the future. The ultimate goal of this work is to inform improved care for youth in the United States, including greater access to the supports youth may need. Youth and families are currently invited to join the study from the United States and from the Netherlands. To learn more, please contact the US research coordinator, Abby Fischbach [email protected]

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Healthy Minds Program

Our lab is seeking paid volunteers for a study which examines how mindfulness practice may reduce stress and improve well-being among emerging adult (age 18 - 29) sexual and gender minorities of color. 

The study is conducted entirely online and through the Healthy Minds Program, a mobile application loaded with educational content and guided mindfulness exercises. Volunteers are asked to participate in two Zoom calls, a baseline survey, five days of mindfulness practice and brief "daily diary" surveys each evening, and a follow-up survey. Eligible participants can earn up to $47 for compliance with the protocol. Their responses will be deidentified and kept confidential.

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Research Study with Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth

Are you a teen (or a parent of a teen) who identifies as transgender, nonbinary, or gender-diverse (i.e., non-cisgender)? Have you (or your teen) experienced suicidal thoughts or behaviors in the past year? You may be eligible to participate in a paid research study aimed at understanding how parent-teen relationships impact suicidal thinking among TGD (transgender and gender diverse) teens! Please contact our study team at [email protected] or visit our webpage at http://www.psych.rochester.edu/MHFC/TGNC-Teen-Study/ to learn more

*Families must live in New York State for the duration of the study. Study is funded by the American Psychological Foundation and has been approved by our safety and ethics committee at University of Rochester (RSRB STUDY00005555).​

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