Gender Non-conforming Children and Their Families


Our research focuses on the emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing of transgender and gender non-conforming children and their families. Primarily using data from The TransKids Project, a longitudinal study examining such youngsters and their families, our current studies are examining the wellbeing of these children's mothers, and predictors of it. On of our chief collaborators is Katherine Kuvalanka, PhD, from Miami Univeristy of Ohio. Her website can be found here.

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One of the lab's research assistants, Sam Allen, who is a doctoral student in the Department of Family Science recently shared his research at two conferences in the spring. Queer Speculations, the Eighth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium, held at the University of Maryland, focused on the various speculative practices of queer theory and includes work from faculty and students. Sam presented “Gender Nonconforming Children and Their Parents: Speculating a New Type of Queer Family” as part of a concurrent session, Familial Speculations: New Norms and Alternative Narratives of Parenting, Childhood, and Youth. Sam also presented at the 3rd Annual LGBT Research Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “The Emotional Wellbeing of Mothers of Gender Nonconforming Children: Predictors, Moderators, and Reflections” was presented as part of a session focused on Building Social Supports for LGBTQ Populations. 

Sam's masters thesis focused on the mothers of transgender and gender nonconforming children. Sam plans to continue his studies on sexual minority populations, particularly transgender youth and their families who are racial minorites and/or low-income.