A large part of the Prevention Research Center involves conducting research examing mental health and health care issues that plague and are unique to the LGBTQ+ population. Below you can find a list of the PRC's projects as well as projects from partners of the PRC. Please contact the Primary Investigator (PI) if you have any questions.
National survey assessing mental health care needs and experiences in care for LGBTQ+ individuals. The survey will oversample for individuals identifying as LGBTQ+ to ensure adequate representation. The survey will explore questions related to discrimination, experiences in mental health care, and sexual/gender identity.
The purpose of this study is to examine the protections for sexual and gender minorities in the institutional policies of mental health professional organizations. Through template analysis of the accreditation standards and ethical guidelines for nine mental health professions, we document differences in non-discrimination language, professional development expectations, training program competencies, and service delivery protections as they relate to sexual and gender minorities. Recommendations for the inclusion and enumeration of SGM identities to follow.
This project involves the analysis of several secondary datasets containing sexual identity and mental health-related measures. Using these datasets, we will produce research aimed to answer questions related to mental health among sexual minority populations.
This study seeks to evaluate the quality and implementation of an evidence-informed LGBTQ cultural competency training for mental health care providers.
The purpose of this study is to assess the LGBTQ+ cultural competency skills of mental health clinicians who will receive the SGDLC training versus a control group of clinicians who will not. Another key aim of the study is to develop an evaluation tool for assessing LGBTQ+ cultural competencies among mental health professionals.
The goals of this program are to (1) develop educational and mentoring experiences for all undergraduate and graduate students that will improve their ability to conduct mental health research with the LGBTQ+ population: (2) to provide programs and mentoring to assist LGBTQ+ student and faculty scholars navigate a career path in academia; and (3) to develop and disseminate best practices in the mentoring of LGBTQ+ scholars.
This assessment will determine the current needs for LGBT clients and providers, resources available for LGBT clients and providers, and gaps in practice and research that the UMD-PRC can address.
Using population-based data, this study seeks to document sexual orientation and gender identity differences in mental health and health care access and experiences in the United States.
This project uses two national surveys of state-approved mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities to examine the availability of LGBT-specific mental health and substance abuse treatment in the United States.
The IMPACT DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) Coalition aims to provide a holistic health and wellness system to strengthen and support LGBTQ persons of color in healthy decision making, especially in regard to sexual health. Our UMD-PRC team works to explore and identify LGBTQ healthcare barriers and challenges, and implement and evaluate a LGBTQ healthcare cultural competency program in the DMV area.
This mixed-method project examines LGBTQ youth-serving community based centers around the country to document their service provision efforts and impact.
Funded by the Lesbian Health Fund (GLMA) this project explores the potential protective effects of positive parental messaging regarding sexual minority girls’ sexual minority identities and whether these practices buffer the negative effects of LGBQ-related discrimination on mental health and substance use.
This project is an evaluation of a mental health and acculturation intervention to improve wellbeing and integration, and increase high school success and higher education pursuit among Latinx immigrant youth attending high school.
This project is a mixed-methods study that includes a cross-sectional examination of Latinx LGBT youths’ mental health and victimization experiences using state and district data, and a qualitative study that seeks to explore mental health and victimization among Latinx LGBT immigrant youth.
In collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health, the UMD-PRC will conduct a multiphase evaluation of the Sexual Health in Recovery (SHIR) program, a treatment program among numerous drug addiction facilities throughout the state of Maryland. The SHIR curriculum aims to increase diagnosis and treatment of HIV, increase retention in substance abuse treatment, and reduce co-existing risky sexual behaviors and drug relapse.
SGM Youth Substance Use: Subgroup differences, risk, and protective factors
PI: Jessica Fish, Team: external collaborators
This study (1R03DA046827) examines how sexual and gender minority youth experiences of distal and proximal minority stressors are associated with substance use (i.e., alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and polysubstance use) and the potential protective influence of family and teacher support.
Population Health Trends among Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Adults
PI: Jessica Fish, Team: external collaborators
This project explores trends in mental, behavioral, and physical health among heterosexual and sexual minority adults from the early 2000s to 2015 using three population-based datasets.