The LGBT Health & Development Program

Research Blog

What interests us? Our research blog highlights the evolving work of the IMPACT team, along with other noteworthy findings in the LGBT health field. We invite you to explore the posts below and visit our  Current Research Projects and Publications pages to learn more about the breadth of our research.


Don’t Tell My Mother: IMPACT Fundraiser Is a Hilarious Hit!

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15th April

A sold out crowd listened, laughed, and rocked out, all in support of the IMPACT Program.



LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit May 2-5 in Chicago

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10th April

The Windy City Times is hosting 3-day summit for youth, nonprofits, activists, etc. to create a plan to address LGBTQ youth homelessness.



Community Forum on HIV Cure Research – April 23

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10th April

Thought stopping AIDS was impossible? The story is changing. Join us at an IMPACT-sponsored event discussing new frontiers in HIV research.



Research Blog – The Relationship Between Mood and Sexuality

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10th April

We describe a new questionnaire, the MSQ-R, which sheds light on the complex relationship between positive and negative moods and sexuality.



Northwestern Honored at Center on Halsted Gala

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4th April

Dr. Brian Mustanski accepted the Community Spirit Award on behalf of Northwestern at Center on Halsted’s 2014 Human First gala.



Research Blog – Growing LGB Acceptance among Latinos

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28th March

Hispanics’ support of LGBT concerns is on the rise.



Research Blog – Recent Publication Shows High Prevalence of Violent Experiences among Gay Youth

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20th March

Many minority YMSM report a history of violence and abuse, and programs focused on improving resilience are needed.



Tickets on Sale for April 7th Show Benefiting the IMPACT Program

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4th March

LA’s hit comedy “Don’t Tell My Mother!” crashes the Windy City in a benefit for The IMPACT Program at Northwestern University



Research Blog – New Longitudinal Analysis Highlights Key Risk Factors for Smoking in LGBT Youth

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19th February

New study investigates the effects of psychosocial variables and demographic differences in smoking habits among LGBT youth.



A Longitudinal Examination of Risk and Protective Factors for Cigarette Smoking Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth

18th February

Longitudinal study of the correlation between smoking habits and victimization, psychological stress, and social support in LGBTQ youth



Research Blog – Providing LGBT Competent Therapy

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11th February

Psychologists are working to address the lack of LGBT competency among therapists, but much remains to be done.



American Journal of Public Health Releases Special Issue on LGBT Youth

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6th February

Co-edited by Dr. Mustanski with articles by IMPACT faculty, the issue reports on the largest population-based project on LGBT youth health.



Special Section on Sexual Health in Gay and Bisexual Male Couples Published in Archives of Sexual Behavior

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6th February

Findings answer new questions and challenge traditional research on male couples. Co-edited by Dr. Mustanski with contributions from IMPACT.



Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) Position with the IMPACT Program

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28th January

The IMPACT Program at Northwestern University is seeking candidates focused on LGBT health for a translational research faculty position.



Online Behavioral Diaries: A Tool for Observation or Intervention?

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24th January

Diary studies are most often used to observe behavior, but new research suggests they may be able to inspire changes in sexual behavior.



Research Blog – Gender Expression and Butch/Femme Identities for Sexual Minority Women

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9th January

Complex representations of gender expressions and identities are often overlooked but are important to understanding minority stress.



Research Blog – New IMPACT Research on HIV Risk in Young Male Couples

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2nd January

Mixed methods study findings are highlighted and implications for intervention are presented.



2013 Chicago LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference (Part II)

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30th December

Hear what researchers, practitioners, and community members had to say about LGBTI research priorities at the Listening Session with NIH.



2013 Chicago LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference (Part I)

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30th December

Featuring opening remarks from conference organizers and a keynote address from Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak from NIH.



The Intersection of Youth, Technology, and New Media with Sexual Health: Moving the Research Agenda Forward

27th December

Study explores the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of using new media and technology for LGBT sexual health promotion.






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