Christina Dyar Receives K01 Grant to Study Health of Sexual Minority Women

ISGMH faculty member, Dr. Christina Dyar, has received a 5 year K01 to study the health of lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and queer women. The K01 is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This five-year grant will fund a mixed-methods research project and Dyar’s further training in substance use research, experience sampling methods, qualitative/mixed methods, and intervention development.

Sexual minority women (lesbian, bisexual, other non-heterosexual women) are at increased risk for substance use and substance use problems compared to heterosexual women, and bisexual women experience the highest risk. However, little is known about factors that contribute to substance use in this population or how risk factors may differ for sexual minority women with different identities (i.e., lesbian, bisexual, queer, and pansexual women).

Dyar’s K01 research project aims to fill these gaps by accomplishing the following: 1) identifying risk factors for substance use among emerging adult sexual minority women; 2) determining how these risk factors may differ among sexual minority women based on sexual identity (i.e., lesbian, bisexual, queer, and pansexual women); and 3) conducting the first stages of developing a substance use intervention for sexual minority women. To accomplish these goals, the research project will take a mixed-methods approach, including an experience sampling study of substance use among sexual minority women and qualitative interviews.

By examining risk factors for substance use in an under-represented, health disparity population, the proposed study will identify targets for and inform the adaptation of a substance use intervention for SMW.

Women’s health and bisexual health are priority areas for ISGMH’s growth, and we are very happy to congratulate Dr. Dyar on this research grant!