The LGBT Health & Development Program


The IMPACT Program conducts translational research on LGBT health and development. By “translational,” we mean that we seek to identify health issues, understand factors that put people at risk or protect them, and turn the fascinating but complicated language of science into programs that advance the health of LGBT people and communities.

The majority of our projects focus on sexual health, encompassing the absence of diseases like HIV, the understanding and acceptance of one’s sexual orientation and gender identity, and the formation of healthy and fulfilling relationships. In addition, we study resiliency, mental health, and substance use, with a primary focus on adolescents and young adults.

The study of LGBT development is also part of our mission, because we believe that sexual orientation and gender identity are core parts of human identity and worthy of understanding.

The IMPACT program actively collaborates with community-based organizations. We feel privileged to have been awarded over $20 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health and major foundations such as the William T. Grant Foundation and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

To stay up-to-date with our latest findings and research news, please browse the Research section of our site.

Research Blog

What interests us? Read about a wide variety of topics pertaining to LGBT health and development, as well as research-related updates from the IMPACT Program, posted by IMPACT faculty and staff on our research blog.

Current Research Projects

See what we’re studying. From burgeoning studies to projects in the analysis and dissemination phase, find out more about our current research projects and state-of-the-art science happening at IMPACT.


Browse through our collection of manuscripts and publications written by IMPACT faculty and staff and published in peer-reviewed journals.

Chicago Conference

Each year IMPACT co-organizes the Chicago LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference, where researchers and practitioners from the Midwest explore emerging research and its application to address issues of health and wellness for LGBTQ individuals.

Participate in Research

Would you like to get involved in our exciting research? You might be eligible to participate in one of our studies.

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