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LGBTQ Lifecourse Identity

Developing a healthy LGBTQ identity can be a formidable task, especially in high-stigma contexts or without family support. Our lab utilizes diverse methodologies (e.g., longitudinal representative cohort studies, studies of siblings and parents, daily diary methods) to explore the role of identity tasks, like coming out, on mental health, as well as the structural, historical, and developmental determinants of these tasks. Our ultimate goal is to understand why LGBTQ populations face substantial mental health disparities and to create structural and individual interventions to reduce these disparities.