Principal Investigator/Project Director

Bradley Boekeloo
Director, UMD-PRC
Emailboekeloo@umd.edu

Expertise: LGBTQ+ health and mental health; STD/HIV prevention; health disparities; minority health  

Executive Advisory Board

Barbara Curbow
Former Chair, Department of Behavioral and Community Health
Email: bcurbow@umd.edu

Expertise: cancer prevention and control; medical treatment decision making; health disparities; health communication

Robert S. Gold
Chair, Department of Behavioral and Community Health
Emailrsgold@umd.edu

Dushanka Kleinman
Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Email: dushanka@umd.edu

Expertise: oral health disparities, health literacy, and strategies to integrate oral and general health as well as primary care with public health and social services

Center Executive Committee

Evelyn King-Marshall
Deputy Director – Center OperationsUMD-PRC
Email: eckm@umd.edu

 

Elizabeth Aparicio
Deputy Director - Clinical Traning and Intervention, UMD-PRC
Emailaparicio@umd.edu

Expertise: LGBTQ youth in foster care and experiencing homelessness; mental health services research; intersection of family violence, mental health, and sexual and reproductive health

 

Jessica Fish
Deputy Director - Research and Evaluation, UMD-PRC
Emailjnfish@umd.edu

Expertise: LGBTQ youth and young adults; LGBTQ youth development; substance abuse; mental health; LGBTQ-related health disparities; LGBTQ people in families; community programs for LGBTQ youth

Mia Smith-Bynum
Deputy Director - Community Engagement, UMD-PRC
Emailmsbynum@umd.edu

Expertise: adolescent mental health, racial & ethnic identity, racism and health disparities, African American family process

Cynthia Baur
Associate Director – Translation and Communication, UMD-PRC
Emailhealthliteracy@umd.edu

Expertise: health literacy; health communication; e-health; health information technology; provider-patient collaboration

Robert S. Gold
Associate Director – Training, UMD-PRC
Emailrsgold@umd.edu

Barry Portnoy
Associate Director for Research, UMD-PRC
Email: barrylynn1@verizon.net

Expertise: health policy; cancer prevention; dietary intervention 

Min Qi Wang
Associate Director - Dissemination, UMD-PRC
Emailmqw@umd.edu

Expertise: public health and IT; data analysis

Community Advisory Board

Wendy Bostwick, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Wendy Bostwick is an Associate Professor in the Health Systems Science Department, College of Nursing, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Wendy conducts research related to health disparities among sexual and gender minority populations, with a focus on mental health and substance use among bisexual women. She has been engaged in women’s health activism, research and advocacy for over 20 years. Her research incorporates multiple methods including survey research, qualitative interviews, and electronic diaries. Her current work explores how microaggressions associated with race, gender, sexual orientation and their intersection may affect mental and physical health among bisexual women and men. 

John-Michel Brevelle

Sexual Minorities Program Manager, Maryland Department of Health

Jean-Michel Brevelle has been an activist fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV for over 30 years. He devotes much of his time to providing capacity building training and technical assistance to improve HIV prevention services for LGBTQ communities and people living with or at risk for HIV. He sits on several Community Advisory Boards for current HIV research initiatives and is the Co-Chair of the Transgender Response Team.

Caitlin Clark, PhD

Research Associate, GLSEN

Dr. Clark is a developmental psychologist committed to creating positive change for LGBTQ youth through applied research. Clark is a research Associate at GLSEN, a national organization working to ensure safe and affirming schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Guin Davis, M.A.

Educational Consultant

Born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, Guin Davis attended American University for their Masters in Philosophy & Social Policy. During their time there they began working in public health and reproductive rights and continued a career in advocacy for disenfranchised communities. They began teaching philosophy at Prince George’s Community College in 2018, and worked with various public health agencies at the same time. They currently work as a consultant and capacity builder for local businesses and agencies throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Francesca Gaiba, PhD

Associate Director, Institute for Sexual Health and Gender Minority Health

Dr. Gaiba is research associate professor and the associate director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University. Dr. Gaiba brings a commitment to racial and LGBT justice and their intersections to her scholarship and academic work. She has published op-eds in Time, The Hill, Rewire, RoleReboot, Medium, and TruthOut.

Paz Galupo, PhD

Professor of Psychology, Towson University 

Dr. Galupo (she / her / they / them) is a professor of Psychology at Towson University. Dr. Galupo's research interests focus on understanding the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity as they are negotiated in the context of social and personal relationships, with a particular focus on bisexual / plurisexual and transgender experience. Dr. Galupo serves as the editor-in-chief for both the Journal of GLBT Family Studies (2013-present) and the Journal of Bisexuality (2015-present). Dr. Galupo is the Editor for Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (2019-present; the official journal for APA’s Division 44).

Sarah Gilden, LCPC, NCC

Owner, Outside the Box Counseling, LLC

Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board-Approved Supervisor in Maryland and a National Board Certified Counselor. For the past 6 years she has worked at her private practice, Outside the Box Counseling, in Rockville, MD. Sarah’s specialty area is working with LGBTQ clients on issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, with an interest in social justice and diversity issues. She is a member of WPATH, the American Counseling Association, the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling, and the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland.

Ezra Halstead, M.A.

Director of Education and Outreach, Free State Justice

Ezra Halstead is the Director of Education and Outreach at FreeState Justice. In their position, they work to build connections and resources through client advocacy, community organizing, education, and outreach to achieve equity for vulnerable LGBTQ+ Marylanders. Outside of their work with FreeState, they were a Law and Policy Committee Member of the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission and a Core Team Member of Trans Healthcare Maryland, a trans-led group that aims to unify the transgender community of Maryland for the purpose of extending competent, accessible, and affirming healthcare to everyone in the state.

Paul Heins

Associate Conductor, Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC

Paul Heins joined the GMCW artistic team in the 2014-15 Season. One of his chief responsibilities is the direction of the GenOUT Chorus, established by GMCW in January 2015 for LGBTQ and allied youth, ages 13-18. Under Dr. Heins’ direction, the GenOUT Chorus has performed at Lincoln Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, The Kennedy Center, and the White House, and in 2016 made its debut GALA performance in Denver. Paul was previously the director of the Concert Choir at Georgetown University, where he also taught music theory, piano, and introduction to voice, and served as music director for the university’s opera and musical theater productions. He is also the past director of the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington.

Christi McGeorge, PhD

Professor, North Dakota State University 

Dr. Christi McGeorge has been a faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University since 2003. Dr. McGeorge’s research has focused on the influence of heterosexism and homophobia on clinical practice and training, gender equity in therapy, gender equity in higher education, feminist theories, and societal perceptions of single parents.

John Pachankis, PhD

Susan Dwight Bliss Associate Professor, Yale University 

John Pachankis directs Yale’s LGBTQ Mental Health Initiative, which serves as a home for scholarship devoted to understanding and improving the mental health of LGBTQ populations in the US and around the world. He has published 100+ scientific papers on LGBTQ mental health and stigma and recently co-edited the Handbook of Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Sexual and Gender Minorities published by Oxford University Press. You can learn more about his research at esteem.yale.edu.

V. Paul Poteat, PhD

Associate Professor, Boston College

Dr. V. Paul Poteat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at Boston College. His research focuses on the school-based experiences of sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth. His research on Gender-Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) has identified individual- and group-level mechanisms by which these school-based extracurricular groups empower and promote resilience among youth from diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and published in journals in the fields of psychology, public health, and education.

Researchers

Rodman Turpin
Investigator - Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UMD-PRC
Emailrturpin@umd.edu

Expertise: Black sexual minority men; mental health; racism; homophobia; HIV/STI; HIV-related healthcare and prevention; Syndemics; Quantitative data analysis including latent variable modeling and structural equation modeling

Richard Shin

Richard Shin
Investigator - Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, UMD-PRC
Emailrqshin@umd.edu

Expertise: Social justice counseling; Critical consciousness measurement; Intersectionality; Systemic discrimination; Heteronormativity; Implicit bias among mental health professionals; Resiliency factors of urban youth of color

Jie Chen
Investigator - Health Policy and Management, UMD-PRC
Emailjichen@umd.edu

Expertise: health economics, mental health disparity, health care system, health policy, aging research.

Mia Smith-Bynum
Investigator - Family Science, UMD-PRC
Emailmsbynum@umd.edu

Expertise: adolescent mental health, racial & ethnic identity, racism and health disparities, African American family process

Barbara Curbow
Investigator - Behavioral and Community Health, UMD-PRC
Email: bcurbow@umd.edu

Expertise: cancer prevention and control; medical treatment decision making; health disparities; health communication

Min Qi Wang
Investigator - Behavioral and Community Health, UMD-PRC
Emailmqw@umd.edu

Expertise: public health and IT; data analysis

Evelyn King-Marshall
Investigator - Behavioral and Community Health, UMD-PRC
Email: eckm@umd.edu

Jessica Fish
Investigator - Family Science, UMD-PRC
Emailjnfish@umd.edu

Expertise: LGBTQ youth and young adults; LGBTQ youth development; substance abuse; mental health; LGBTQ-related health disparities; LGBTQ people in families; community programs for LGBTQ youth

Elizabeth Aparicio
Investigator - Behavioral and Community Health, UMD-PRC
Emailaparicio@umd.edu

Expertise: LGBTQ youth in foster care and experiencing homelessness; mental health services research; intersection of family violence, mental health, and sexual and reproductive health

 

Typhanye V. Dyer
Investigator - Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UMD-PRC 
Email: typhanye@umd.edu

Expertise: Syndemics, infectious disease, intersectionality, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, racial/gender disparities, stigma, discrimination, substance abuse, mental health, drug dependence.

Sharon Desmond

Sharon Desmond
Investigator - Behavioral and Community Health, UMD-PRC
Email:
desmond@umd.edu

Expertise: minority health, community-based participatory research, campus-community partnerships for health

Natasha Williams
Investigator - Family Science, UMD-PRC
Email:
 will22@terpmail.umd.edu

Expertise: mental health disparities, LGBTQ+ mental health, LGBTQ+ people of color, mental health treatment access

Mona Mittal
Investigator - Family Science, UMD-PRC
Email: mmittal@umd.edu

Expertise: reproductive health, psychological trauma, intergenerational cycle of violence, inimate partner violence

Community Partners and Organizations

Community Partners

Michael Vigorito, LMFT, CGP, CST
Sexual Health Training and Consulting Services
Websitewww.michaelvigorito.com
Email: mv@michaelvigorito.com

 

 

Sean Lare, LCSW-C
Transgender Training and Consulting Services
Websitewww.seanlare.com
Email. counseling@seanlare.com

 

Community Organizations

The Fenway Institute
University of Maryland Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Equity Center University of Maryland Health Center
Behavioral health System - Baltimore Society for Public Health Education Human Rights Campaign
Maryland Department of Health Maryland Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling Reach Health Services
Center for Healthy Families www.thecenterforhealthyfamilies.com/

Outside the Box Counseling

Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland Sexually Transmitted Infections Community Coalition University of Maryland Center for Health Equity
University of Mayland Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Center Staff

Hannah Tralka
Faculty Research Assistant
Email:
 htralka@terpmail.umd.edu

Natasha Williams
Communications Lead & Graduate Research Assistant
Email:
 will22@terpmail.umd.edu

Expertise: mental health disparities, LGBTQ+ mental health, LGBTQ+ people of color, mental health treatment access

John Salerno
Graduate Research Assistant
Emailjsalerno@umd.edu

Expertise: LGBTQ+, Latinx, and immigrant youth and young adults, health disparities, migration trauma, mental health, sexual health, intersectionality, minority stress, prevention science

David J. Hawthorne
Graduate Research Assistant
Email: davidjh@umd.edu