Dr. Christina Dyar Shares Research on AFAB Health Disparities

As part of ISGMH’s Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series, research assistant professor Dr. Christina Dyar presented research findings on health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals assigned female at birth (AFAB). Dr. Dyar’s lecture was hosted by Northwestern Medicine.

Dr. Dyar shared that, based on data collected from the FAB400 study, SGM-AFAB people experience disproportionately high rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts when compared to the general population. Continue Reading ▶︎

Seeking a Participant Engagement Intern for FAB 400

We’re excited to announce a new internship opportunity with FAB 400, our longitudinal socio-behavioral research study that seeks to understand relationship dynamics and personal development among young LGBTQ people assigned female at birth (AFAB) living in Chicago. The study explores why some young people become involved in relationships and others don’t, and what makes some relationships healthy while others become unhealthy or violent. Continue Reading ▶︎

Announcing the Winner of the 2019 ISGMH Graduate Fellow Research Award

We are delighted to announce that Kyle Jozsa has been named the recipient of the ISGMH Graduate Fellow Research Award! The award was established in 2017 in order to provide research and training opportunities for the next generation of SGM scholars.

Kyle received the award to support an interview study focused on the accessibility of sexual- and HIV- related health care for men who have sex with men living in rural areas of the United States. Continue Reading ▶︎

Keep It Up! Is Now Accepting Applications for Funding from Community-Based Organizations

Justin Jones

CHICAGO – Keep It Up! (KIU!) is now accepting applications from community-based organizations (CBO) and other HIV service organizations to implement KIU! as part of their existing HIV prevention and testing services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevention Synthesis Project recently rated KIU! Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Lauren Beach Delivers Lecture on LGBTQ Responsive Health Care

As part of ISGMH’s Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series, post-doctoral fellow Dr. Lauren Beach presented an informative cultural competency training in LGBTQ health care hosted by Northwestern Medicine. The lecture had more than 300 participants in attendance, with audience members joining remotely from across the country.

Research has shown that a significant proportion of LGBTQ patients avoid seeking medical care out of fear of discrimination, and that experiencing discrimination is associated with a range of negative health outcomes.  Continue Reading ▶︎

Cardiovascular Disease Risk May Be Significantly Higher Among Young Men Who Have Sex With Men, Study Finds

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Chicago – Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) may be at a three-fold risk of cardiovascular disease due to high levels of systemic inflammation, reports a new Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing study. Systemic inflammation is commonly associated with HIV infection, but the study shows elevated inflammation levels among YMSM regardless of their HIV infection status. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Mustanski’s Research Informs New APA Resolution on Adolescent Participation in Health Research

Monitor on Psychology has featured ISGMH director, Dr. Mustanski, in a recent piece about a new American Psychology Assocation resolution that supports mature minors’ participation in research without parental permission. Early in his career, Dr. Mustanski spent several months fighting for IRB approval of his research on mental health and HIV prevention in LGBTQ teens, which required a waiver of parental permission because many potential participants weren’t “out” to their parents about their sexual and gender identities. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Gregory Phillips II Appointed Associate Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation

Dr. Gregory Phillips II has been appointed as an associate editor of the American Journal of Evaluation.

In this role as a member of the journal’s editorial board, Dr. Phillips will help shape emerging discussions in the field of evaluation. In addition to this new leadership position, Dr. Phillips currently serves as the Program Chair of the American Evaluation Association’s Social Network Analysis Topical Interest Group as well as a member of the LGBT Topical Interest Group. Continue Reading ▶︎

Call for Applications: ISGMH Graduate Fellow Research Award 2019

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2019 Graduate Fellow Research Award. ISGMH established this award in 2017 to provide opportunities for high-level research and training for the next generation of SGM scholars. This award recognizes and supports the research of Northwestern graduate students in any discipline working on SGM health and wellbeing. Continue Reading ▶︎