Understanding Ourselves Study

The Understanding Ourselves Study is an ongoing mixed methods study examining the identity development process of Black same-gender loving men. The goals of this study are to (1) understand what healthy identity looks like among Black same-gender loving men and (2) examine which experiences facilitate or hinder the identity development process among this group.

Black Sexual Minority Men Family Project

This project is launching in Spring 2022 and will explore the experiences of Black sexual minority men and their family members related to the sexual identity disclosure process. We intend to interview 50 pairs of Black sexual minority men and one of their family members.

Savoring among LGBTQ+ Individuals

Savoring is the capacity to attend to experiences and to intentionally engage in thoughts and behaviors to regulate positive feelings that arise from those experiences. Given the dearth of research examining savoring among LGBTQ+ individuals, the purpose of this project is to explore the relationships between this psychological strength, minority stress, identity, and health.

ADHD LGBTQ+ Study

More than one-third of LGBTQ+ adults identify as living with a chronic condition; however, there is scant data available about the intersectional experience of LGBTQ+ individuals living with ADHD. Given this gap in the literature and overlapping interests, Dr. Smith’s ACCTION lab and the RISE lab will launch a cross-sectional survey battery in Summer 2022 to explore this intersectional experience.

LGBTQ+ Media Study

Media shapes how society perceives the world and influences behavior. Television and social media can communicate and reinforce social attitudes about LGBTQ+ individuals, stigma, and ideals about mental health. As such, the RISE lab is interested in understanding the influence of popular queer media on LGBTQ+ individuals. In Spring 2022, we are launching a content analysis of queer media.

Coping with Intersectional Stigma & Identity Trauma in Black Sexual Minority Men

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This study employs a person-centered quantitative approach in that survey data will be utilized to identify patterns in how BSMM group, or “cluster,” together according to key areas related to identity threat and trauma, as identified by the Stigma-Induced Identity Threat Model (SIITM; Major & O’Brien, 2005). The primary hypothesis is that distinct clusters of BSMM will emerge based on their scores on the collection of survey measures, which align with different aspects of the SIITM.