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The Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Health (SOGI Health) Research Group

Supporting the Development and Health of LGBTQ Young People

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The Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Health (SOGI Health) Research Group is affiliated with the Department of Family Science and the University of Maryland Prevention Research Center. The research group convenes faculty, students, and community partners in an effort to better understand and support the positive development and health of LGBTQ young people.

Department: Family Science
Room Number: 1142W
Director: Jessica Fish 

Office Phone Number: (301) 405-4008
Email: jnfish@umd.edu 
 

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People: Jessica Fish (PI), Mia Smith-Bynum (co-I), Natasha Williams, Zack Berman

Funding: Lesbian Health Fund (GLMA); The Maryland Catalyst Fund (UMD)

This project explores the potential protective effects of positive parental messaging regarding LGBTQ+ identities and whether these practices buffer the negative effects of LGBTQ-related discrimination on mental health and substance use.

MDH

People: Jessica Fish (PI), Bradley Boekeloo (co-I), Cynthia Baur (co-I) 

The Implementing Tobacco Control Strategies to Achieve Health Equity: Engaging LGBTQ Communities in Maryland project aims to reduce tobacco-related health disparities in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) communities in Prince George’s and Montgomery County by developing comprehensive strategies in collaboration with groups that are inclusive of and reach LGBTQ communities. The UMD team will work in partnership with local community organizations, health departments, and state tobacco and control officials to develop, disseminate, and evaluate LGBTQ-inclusive tobacco prevention and control efforts in PG and Montgomery County. 

COVID-19

People: Long Doan (PI); Liana Sayer (co-I); Jessica Fish (co-I)
Funding: National Science Foundation (SES-2029963); University of Maryland Vice President for Research 

The Assessing the Social Consequences of COVID-19 (ASCC) study examines the impacts of COVID-19 and social distancing efforts on behavior, time spent with others, use of technology, and mental and physical wellbeing, with a particular interest in how these effects vary by gender, sexuality, family structure, race/ethnicity, and immigrant status.

Publications:  

  • Fish, J. N., +Salerno, J., +Williams, N. D., Rinderknecht, G., +Drotning, K. J., Sayer, L., & Long, D. (2021). Sexual minority disparities in health and wellbeing as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic differ by sexual identity. LGBT Health,8(4), 263-272. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/lgbt.2020.0489. PMCID: PMC8213002. 
  • +Salerno, J. P., Doan, L., Sayer, L., +Drotning, K., +Rinderknecht, G., & #Fish, J. N. (in press). Changes in mental health and well-being are associated with living arrangements with parents during COVID-19 among sexual minority young persons in the US. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000520
  • +Drotning, K., Doan, L., Sayer, L. C., Fish, J. N., & ·Rinderknecht, G. (in press). Not all homes are safe: Family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Family Violence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-022-00372-y 
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People: Jessica Fish (PI) 

Funding: MPRC Seed Grant 

This project seeks to identify how LGBTQ-focused state-level policies are associated with systematic differences in health (e.g., substance use, mental health) and related experiences (e.g., victimization). Studies also seek to identify how trends in health-related outcomes may differ depending on various policy characteristics. 

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People: Jessica Fish (M-PI), Ryan Watson (University of Connecticut)

Funding: NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (1R03DA046827)

This study 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. 

Publications: 

  • Mereish, E. H., ·Parra, L. A., Watson, R. J., & Fish, J. N. (2022). Subtle minority stress and depressive symptoms among sexual and gender minority adolescents of color: Mediating role of self-esteem and sense of mastery. Prevention Science, 23, 142-153. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-021-01294-9 
  • Poteat, V. P., Fish, J. N., & Watson, R. J. (2021). Gender-sexuality alliances as a moderator for the association between victimization, depressive symptoms, and drinking behavior among LGBTQ+ youth. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 229(B), 109-140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.109140. PMCID: PMC8665138 
  • Poteat, V. P., Watson, R. J., & Fish, J. N. (2021). Teacher support moderates associations among sexual identity outness, victimization, and academic performance among LGBQ+ youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 50, 1634-1648. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01455-7. PMCID: PMC8350887 
  • Watson, R. J., Fish, J. N., Poteat, V. P., Wheldon, C. W., +Cunningham, C. A., Puhl, R., & Eaton, L. A. (2021). Teacher support, victimization, and alcohol use among sexual and gender minority youth: considering ethnoracial identity. Prevention Science. 22, 590-601. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-021-01216-9. PMCID: PMC8195836 
  • Watson, R. J., Fish, J. N., Denary, W., +Caba, A., +Cunningham, C., & Eaton, L. A. (2021). LGBTQ state policies: A lever for reducing SGM youth substance use and bullying. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 221,108659. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-021-01216-9. PMCID: PMC8026721 
  • Watson, R. J., Fish, J. N., +McKay, T., +Allen, S., Eaton, L., & Puhl, R. M. (2020). Substance use among a national sample of LGBTQ adolescents: Intersections of sex assigned at birth and gender identity. LGBT Health, 7(1), 37-46. https://doi.org/10.1089/lgbt.2019.0066. PMCID: PMC6983732. 
  • Watson, R. J., Fish, J. N., Poteat, V. P., & +Rathus, T. (2019). Sexual and gender minority youth alcohol use: Within-group differences in associations with internalized stigma and victimization. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48(12), 2403–2417. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-019-01130-y. PMCID: PMC6872943. 
  • Wheldon, C. W., Watson, R. J., Fish, J. N., & Garamel, K. (2019). Cigarette smoking among youth at the intersection of sexuality orientation and gender identity. LGBT Health, 6(5), 235-241. https://doi.org/10.1089/lgbt.2019.0005. PMCID: PMC6909748.
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People: Bradley Boekeloo (PI), Jessica Fish (co-I), Elizabeth Aparicio (co-I), Richard Shin (co-I), Mia Smith-Bynum (co-I), Rodman Turpin (co-I) 

The core research project is a randomized control trial focused on refining, evaluating, and disseminating selected resources for assessing and improving the experiences of LGBT people engaged in mental health care services. Want to know more, check out the University of Maryland Prevention Research Center.  

 

Publications:

  • Fish, J. N., King-Marshall, E. C., Williams, N. D., Aparicio, E. M., Tralka, H. M., & Boekeloo, B. O. (In press). What motivates community mental and behavioral health organizations to participate in LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000641.                                        
  • Fish, J. N. & Mittal, M. (2021). Mental health care providers are essential to the public health workforce and need support in the wake of COVID-19. Public Health Reports, 136(1), 14-17. https://doi.org/10.1177/0033354920965266. PMC7856369                                      
  • Turpin, R., Williams, N., Akré, E. R., Boekeloo, B., Fish, J. N. (2022). Trends in health care access and experiences: Differential gains across intersections of sexual identity and sex post-marriage equality. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health15, 5075. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095075. PMC9101359
  • Fish, J. N., Turpin, R., Williams, N. D., & Boekeloo, B. O. (2021). Sexual identity differences in health care access and satisfaction: Findings from nationally representative data. American Journal of Epidemiology.190(7), 1281-1293. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwab012. PMC8522766  
  • Turpin, R., Williams, N. D., Akré, E. R., Boekeloo, B. O., & Fish, J. N. (2021). Differences in health care access and satisfaction across intersections of race/ethnicity and sexual identity. Academic Medicine, 96(11), 1592-1597. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000004243. PMC8867382   
  • Williams, N. D., Akre, E. R., Turpin, R., Boekeloo, B. O., & Fish, J. N. (2022). Sexual identity differences in mental healthcare need and access: Findings from nationally representative data. Psychiatric Services73, 456-459. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.202100045. PMC9213076                                                                                                                  
Jessica Fish, faculty member of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland
Jessica Fish (she/her/hers)

Assistant Professor, Family Science
Core Research Scientist, University of Maryland Prevention Research Center

Dr. Jessica Fish is a human development and family science scholar whose research focuses on the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority (i.e., lesbian/gay, bisexual, and transgender) people and their families. Broadly, Dr. Fish studies the socio-cultural and interpersonal factors that shape the development and health of sexual and gender minority youth and adults. Her overarching goal is to identify modifiable factors that contribute to sexual and gender minority health disparities in order to inform developmentally-sensitive policies, programs, and prevention strategies that promote the health of sexual and gender minority people across the life course.

 

Post Docs

Meg
Meg Bishop (they/them)

Meg Bishop, M.A. is a doctoral candidate in the department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin and an incoming NIAAA F32 postdoctoral candidate in the department of Family Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. Meg leverages approaches at the nexus of developmental psychology, public health, and demography to examine the developmental and cultural contexts that support LGBTQ+ youth to thrive across the life course. Currently, Meg is exploring how the developmental timing of sexual identity formation processes is changing across socio-historical time, and how this timing relates to minority stress and mental health both during adolescence and into adulthood. Meg hopes their research will be used to inform programs and policies aimed at eliminating inequities experienced by sexual and gender minority people.

 

Graduate Students

Natasha Williams, Graduate Research Assistant of School of Public Health from the University of Maryland
Natasha Williams, MS, LMFT (she/her/hers)

Natasha Williams is a Chicago-based doctoral candidate in Family Science whose research focuses on the mental health of LGBTQ+ people. Specifically, she explores the mental health experiences of Black queer folx as well as factors that influence access to affirming mental health care. Natasha holds a license to practice marriage and family therapy and works part-time doing program evaluation for progressive, mission-driven organizations. She has been the TA or instructor of record for courses in statistics; family inequality; human sexuality; and behavior disorders. She holds an M.S. from Purdue University Northwest and a B.S. from Florida State University. In her free time, Natasha enjoys spending time outdoors, experimenting with global cuisines, reading fiction, and watching football. 

 

Zack Berman, graduate student of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland
Zack Berman (he/him/his)

Zachary Berman is a second-year Couple and Family Therapy Masters student from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He earned a B.A. in Psychology and Criminology with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland in 2013. As an undergraduate, Zack worked as an intern investigator for the Washington, D.C. Public Defender Service, a research assistant in the Stereotyping Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Laboratory (SPIRL), and a senior staff writer for UMD’s student-run newspaper The Diamondback. After graduation, Zack worked for five years as a rehabilitation counselor for Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc. He was eventually promoted to Site Administrator of the Foundations Day Program, where he worked daily with clients suffering from a broad range of severe mental illnesses. He also taught the agency’s “Secondary Trauma and Self-Care” training to new employees. Zack’s research and clinical interests include sexuality, meta-communication, adolescence, and the influence of the criminal justice system on families. Outside of work and school, Zack is a musician and an author. He regularly performs in venues around the D.C. area and recently had his first novelette published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. In June of 2018, Zack helped to raise around $6000 for Planned Parenthood by performing as one of the core musicians in a special benefit show. Unfortunately, his dog Misty will not be attending school this year.

 

Kaitlin Grant McGirr
Kaitlin Grant McGirr (she/they)

Kaitlin is a first-year student on the Couple and Family Therapy Master’s program at UMD from Austin, Texas. As an undergraduate, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Supporting Teachers And Ready Students (STARS) Lab. She also had the opportunity to work on and present a systematic review student poster about recent family therapy techniques for families with sexual minority youth. She now works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the SOGI Health Lab. Her research interests broadly include LGBTQIA+ issues, social class disparities, gender identity, multi-ethnic families, and non-traditional family structures. Some of her hobbies outside of school include collecting vinyl records, visiting art exhibits, trying local food and coffee places, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her cat. 

 

Samantha
Samantha Moran, LMSW (she/her/hers) 

Samantha is a Family Science doctoral student from Long Island, NY. She holds a B.S. in Family Science and Sociology from Towson University and an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. During her M.S.W program, Samantha was a clinical behavioral health intern at Chase Brexton's Center for LGBTQ Health Equity. Currently, she is a Project Manager in the Psychology Department at UMBC where her research team develops and conducts trainings on various maternal and child health topics including substance use, mental health, parenting, and substance-exposed newborns. Samantha's research interests include the experience of sexual and gender minority youth in the context of the school system, and the importance of creating safer environments, inclusive curricula, and supportive measures that empower teachers and staff to affirm students. In her free time, she enjoys live music, long walks, reading thrillers, and visiting new coffee shops. 

 

Sara
Sara Laszaic (she/her) 

 Sara is a graduate student in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with a concentration in clinical behavioral health. She connected with the SOGI Health Lab in June 2021 through the UM Scholars Program: a collaborative research-focused partnership between UMCP and UMB.  Sara is currently working on the LGBTQ youth disclosure project. She is also a research assistant at the UMB School of Social Work where she is contributing to the Trauma Adapted-Family Connections neglect prevention intervention. Sara is an Army veteran and former police officer who plans on specializing in adult trauma within the first responder and veteran populations. 

 

 

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Pond (they/them/theirs)

Pond is a first year Family Science PhD student from Austin, Texas. They earned their B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences at Texas State University. During their Masters program, Pond worked as the lead Research Assistant for Supporting Teachers And Ready Students (STARS) Lab and Learning in Context (LinC) Lab to gain experience in multiple aspects of early childhood development research. Additionally, they virtually interned at Action Research, a research organization located in New York, as a qualitative analysis intern and evaluated programs implemented to support foster youth
transitioning into adulthood. Pond is currently working on two projects in the SOGI lab. The first project is examining socialization messages exchanged between heterosexual parents and sexual minority youth. The second project aims to understand how fathers communicate to sexual minority youth about their identity. Pond’s research interests include how transgender parents, specifically seahorse dads, navigate parenting roles after birth; in what contexts does gender dysphoria show up in parenthood; and what socialization messages are transgender parents sending to their children about gender.

 

Undergraduate Students

Carter
Carter (any pronouns) 

Carter is a Junior undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. They are a dual degree in Public Health Science and Family Science and recently received their honors citation upon completing the two-year program with ILS. They have been a research assistant on a project to code forty life interviews of incarcerated fathers, and they volunteer with OneTentHealth to conduct free HIV testing for vulnerable wards of DC. In their free time, they enjoy cooking foods from their diverse background and spending time with their small, black cat, Fig. 

 

 

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Leah Young (she/her)

Leah is a junior at the University of Maryland who is pursuing a dual degree in Community Health and Psychology. During her time at Maryland she has volunteered for health equity advocacy organizations such as Free The Vaccine. Leah has also interned at a public health
nonprofit organization where she led a survey development project and did independent research about HIV disparities in Washington DC. Her research interests include studying the emotional well-being of those in ethically non monogamous relationships, their sexual health behaviors, and how psychology of interpersonal relationships theories can be applied to them. In addition, she is also interested in what the implications are for child development when growing up with non monogamous parents. In her free time, Leah likes to see old foreign films, visit art museums, and take naps with her cat, Oscar.

 

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Tsion Ayele (she/her)

Tsion is a public health science student at the University of Maryland. In her previous roles, she has created drug prevention curriculums and led summer workshops for adolescent youth in D.C, wards 1 and 2. She has also been involved in other research projects on campus, such as CEEJH, an environmental justice center aimed at providing education and reliable data for local communities. Currently, she is working as an undergraduate research assistant at the SOGI Health lab. Tsion’s research interests include increasing mental health resources for vulnerable youth and working to decrease the prevalence of substance abuse amongst young people. In her free time, she likes to go on hikes, learn new yoga poses, try new recipes, and spend time with friends. 

Student Research Opportunities

I welcome the opportunity to work with graduate and undergraduate students interested in the intersection between sexual orientation, gender identity, and health. Volunteer and credit-based research assistantship positions are available in my research lab. I will be on leave Fall 2022 and will not be taking new undergraduate student researcher assistances until Jan 2023.  

If you are a prospective graduate student interested in working with me, please contact me at jnfish@umd.edu. 

Fish, J. N., +Williams, N. D., McInroy, L. B., Paceley, M. S., ‡Edsall, R. N., ‡Devadas, J., †Birnel Henderson, S., & †Levine, D. S. (2022).  Q Chat Space: Assessing feasibility and acceptability of an internet-based community support program for LGBTQ youth. Prevention Science, 23, 130-141. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-021-01291-y. PMCID: PMC8420963 

Fish, J. N., Turpin, R., +Williams, N. D., & Boekeloo, B. O. (2021). Sexual identity differences in health care access and satisfaction: Findings from nationally representative data. American Journal of Epidemiology.190(7), 1281-1293. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwab012. PMID: 33475134 

Fish, J. N., +Bishop. M. D., Russell, S. T. (2021). Developmental differences in sexual orientation and gender identity-related substance use disparities: Findings from population-based data. Journal of Adolescent Health, 68 (6), 1162-1169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.10.023. PMCID: PMC8154626 

Fish, J. N., & Mittal, M. (2021). Mental health care providers are essential to the public health workforce and need support in the wake of COVID-19. Public Health Reports, 136(1), 14-17. https://doi.org/10.1177/0033354920965266

+Layland, E. K., Exten, C., +Mallory, A., +Williams, N. D., & #Fish, J. N. (2020). Suicide attempt rates and associations with discrimination are greatest in early adulthood for sexual minorities across diverse race groups. LGBT Health, 7(8), 439-447. https://doi.org/10.1089/lgbt.2020.0142. PMCID: PMC7757577 

+Williams, N. D., & #Fish, J. N. (2020). The availability of LGBT-specific mental health and substance abuse treatment in the United States: Findings from two national surveys. Health Services Research, 55(6), 932-943. http://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6773.13559. PMCID: PMC7704474 

+Bishop, M. D., Fish, J. N., Hammack, P. L., & Russell, S. T. (2020). Sexual identity development milestones in three generations of sexual minority people: A national probability sample. Developmental Psychology, 56(11), 2177-2193. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dev0001105. PMCID: PMC8216084 

Fish, J. N., McInroy, L. B., Paceley, M. P. +Williams, N. D., †Henderson, S., †Levine, D. S., & ‡Edsall, R. N. (2020). “I'm kinda stuck at home with unsupportive parents right now”: LGBTQ youths' experiences with COVID-19 and the importance of online support. Journal of Adolescent Health, 67(3), 450-452. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.06.002. PMCID: PMC7309741

Fish, J. N., & Exten, C. E. (2020). Sexual orientation differences in alcohol use disorder across the adult life course. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 59(3), 428-436. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2020.04.012. PMCID: PMC7483372. 

Fish, J. N., Russell, B. S., Watson, R. J., & Russell, S. T. (2020). Parent-child relationships and sexual minority youth: Implications for adult alcohol abuse. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 49(10), 2034–2046. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-020-01299-7. PMCID: PMC7487049. 

Phillips II, G., +Felt, D., Fish, J. N., +Ruprecht, M. M., Birkett, M., & Poteat, V. P. (2020). A response to Cimpian and Timmer (2020): Limitations and misrepresentation of “mischievous responders” in LGBTQ+ health research. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49, 1409-1414. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-020-01746-3. PMCID: PMC7310577 

Fish, J. N., & Russell, S. T. (2020). Sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts are unethical and harmful. American Journal of Public Health, 110(8), 1113-1114. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2020.305765. PMCID: PMC7349462. 

+Krueger, E. A., Fish, J. N., Hammack, P. L., Lightfoot, M., +Bishop, M., & Russell, S. T. (2020). Comparing national probability and community-based samples of sexual minority adults: Implications and recommendations for sampling and measurement. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49, 1463-1475. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-020-01724-9. PMCID: PMC7305965. 

Fish, J. N. & +Krueger, E. (2020). Reconsidering approaches to estimating health disparities across multiple measures of sexual orientation. LGBT Health, 7(4), 198-207. https://doi.org/ 10.1089/lgbt.2019.0182. PMCID: PMC7301314. 

Fish, J. N., +Moody, R. Grossman, A. H., & Russell, S. T. (2019). LGBTQ youth-serving community-based organizations: Who participates and what difference does it make? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48(12), 2418-2431. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-019-01129-5. PMID: 31606828

Fish, J. N. (2019). Sexual orientation-related disparities in high-intensity binge drinking: Findings from a nationally representative sample. LGBT Health, 6(5), 242-249. https://doi.org/10.1089/lgbt.2018.0244. PMCID: PMC6645197. 

Fish, J. N., Turner, B., Phillips, G., & Russell, S. T. (2019). Cigarette smoking disparities between sexual minority and heterosexual youth. Pediatrics,143(4): e20181671. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-1671. PMCID: PMC6565340

New Project Aims to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Maryland’s LGBTQ Community

The UMD Prevention Research Center will partner with local community organizations, health departments, and state tobacco and control officials on an intervention to prevent tobacco use among LGBTQ people in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.

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Gender Affirming Policies Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth’s Health

The science is clear: transgender and gender diverse youth who have access to gender affirming care, particularly in schools, have better mental health and academic outcomes. Gender affirming care includes access to medical and school resources, a new statement of evidence from the Society for Research in Child Development says. 

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UMD Research

University of Maryland New Directions Seed Grants Support New Research

The University of Maryland has announced seven New Directions awards to support research across the College Park campus. The projects span a broad range of disciplines and topics, ranging from the documentation of community heritage to the discovery of atomic catalysts.

 

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UMD study says gender-affirming policies benefit student mental health

Gender-affirming policies can improve students’ mental health, according to a report co-led by Jessica Fish, a University of Maryland assistant professor in the family science department. “The science is quite clear: youth who are able to access gender-affirming treatments, and youth who are able to participate in sports that align with their gender identity … tend to fare better in their mental health and overall well-being,” said Fish, co-lead and deputy director for research and evaluation at the University of Maryland Prevention Research Center.

 

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UMD Prevention Research Center hosts lecture on LGBTQ+ safety in schools

The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center hosted a webinar to share the work of the Stories and Numbers Project, a collaboration that promotes the safety and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ youth in schools.

 

Dr. Fish

Family Science Assistant Professor, Jessica Fish, Publishes Three Papers, and Receives Several Grants and Awards for LGBTQ+ Mental Health Research

Dr. Jessica Fish, an assistant professor in the Department of Family Science, has been busy. In recent months, she has published a slew of articles on LGBTQ+ mental health and substance abuse and has received multiple research grants from institutions like the National Institutes of Health.

 

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Editorial: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Change Efforts are Unethical and Harmful

Two experts in LGBTQ and young adult mental health, Dr. Jessica Fish (UMD SPH) and Dr. Stephen T. Russel (UT, Austin) describe the serious harms that LGBTQ youth experience from so-called “conversion therapy” efforts in a new editorial published in the American Journal of Public Health.

 

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Don Milton and Jessica Fish Receive Seed Grants for COVID-19 Research

Don Milton, professor of environmental health, and Jessica Fish, assistant professor of family science, each received seed grants from the UMD Division of Research for COVID-19-related research. 


 

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UMD Prevention Research Center Appoints New Executive Leaders

To advance its mission to support LGBTQ+ mental health, the University of Maryland Prevention Research Center (UMD-PRC) has appointed Dr. Elizabeth Aparicio, assistant professor of behavioral and community health as the Deputy Director of Clinical Training and Intervention and Dr. Jessica Fish, assistant professor of family science as Deputy Director for Research and Evaluation. 

 

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Family Science Assistant Professor, Jessica Fish, Publishes Three Papers, and Receives Several Grants and Awards for LGBTQ+ Mental Health Research

In the past few months, Dr. Jessica Fish, an assistant professor in the Department of Family Science has published a slew of articles on LGBTQ+ mental health and substance abuse and has received multiple research grants from institutions like the National Institutes of Health.

 

Bradley Boekeloo, staff member of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland

UMD Prevention Research Center to Focus on LGBTQ Mental Health with new $3.75M from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center (UMD-PRC) is working to improve mental health and health care for LGBTQ+ people with new funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Recent SOGI Health News Articles

New Project Aims to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Maryland’s LGBTQ Community

New Project Aims to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Maryland’s LGBTQ Community

The UMD Prevention Research Center will partner with local community organizations, health departments, and state tobacco and control officials on an intervention to prevent tobacco use among LGBTQ people in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. 

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Gender Affirming Policies Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth’s Health

Gender Affirming Policies Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth’s Health

The science is clear: transgender and gender diverse youth who have access to gender affirming care, particularly in schools, have better mental health and academic outcomes. Gender affirming care includes access to medical and school resources, a new statement of evidence from the Society for Research in Child Development says. 

Read more
University of Maryland New Directions Seed Grants Support New Research

University of Maryland New Directions Seed Grants Support New Research

The University of Maryland has announced seven New Directions awards to support research across the College Park campus. The projects span a broad range of disciplines and topics, and includes a project led by Jessica Fish on Identifying Parental Sexual Orientation Socialization Strategies.

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