Areas of Expertise

Research with Transgender Individuals 

I conduct community based research with transgender and gender diverse individuals, utilizing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches. Although my work has broadly focused on the LGBTQ community, my primary focus is on the lived experiences of transgender and gender diverse individuals. My research seeks to document minority stressors that uniquely impact this community, provide a nuanced understanding of the mechanisms and processes that underlie the production of health disparities that exist for these communities, and to identify strategies for coping and being resilient in the face of these challenges. I have published over 40 peer reviewed articles in these areas and have presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences (over 50). My work has received grant funding from NIH and other outlets. For a full review of my research publications and research record, please see my CV. 

Evidence of my leadership in this area includes: 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Sexual and Gender Minority Clients 

I have expertise in providing and supervising therapy services with sexual and gender minority clients utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions, mindfulness, and acceptance-based strategies. I have received specialized training in working with LGBTQ populations, including being in the inaugural cohort of trainees in the LGBTQ health internship at Northwestern University, providing services through the Center on Halsted in Chicago for 2 years, and continuing education, such as the Gender Education Network's training on medical gender affirmation evaluations, the Fenway Institute/Harvard Medical School's Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health training, and many others. I also have received specific training in the use of CBT. Regarding supervision, I have overseen the clinical work of approximately 30 trainees, some specializing in LGBTQ therapy and others more broadly focused on CBT training. I currently direct the Sexual and Gender Minority specialty services at Michigan State University's Psychological Clinic. I also provide therapy services through Wild Ferns Wellness in Lansing, MI.  

Training and Consultation 

I have provided various trainings and educational programs related to research, clinical practice, and inclusivity of LGBTQ individuals, particularly transgender and gender diverse people. I am available for leading such programs and trainings and can tailor these to a specific audience's needs. Here is a partial list of the trainings I have provided in the past: 

  • Experiences of Non-Binary Graduate Students: What’s Helpful and What’s Not; Webinar Moderator.

  • Suggestions from trans and gender diverse people for improving health care. Presentation to the Trans Health Collective at Michigan State University.

  • Competent practice with transgender individuals. Panel presentation for psychiatry residents at Michigan State University.

  • Transgender and non-binary identities. Presentation to the University of South Dakota SPECTRUM student group.

  • Transgender and gender diverse identities: Trans 101 & considerations for HIV related care. Presentation to the South Dakota Ryan White Prevention Planning Group.

  • Clinical and sociopolitical issues facing LGBTQ clients: Mental health professionals as allies and change agents. Full day training at the South Dakota Psychological Association Conference.

If you are interested in discussing a training for your program or organization, please reach out to discuss content and rates.