The LGBT Health & Development Program

Current Research Projects

ASAP
ChiGuys
Crew 450
eDAPT
E-SNAp
Evaluation Center
Text Messaging Study
Keep It Up!

Trans Stigma, Health, and Coping


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ASAP
The goal of the Adolescent Scientific Access Project (ASAP) is to generate empirical data and tools to help investigators and IRBs make better decisions about including LGBT adolescents in research, which can ultimately decrease barriers to LGBT youth’s participation in much-needed research on their health. Read more


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ChiGuys
ChiGuys is the first adolescent extension of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study is recruiting and surveying adolescent young men to better understand HIV among this population. Read more


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Crew 450
Crew 450 is an ongoing longitudinal cohort study of YMSM aged 16-20 designed to analyze the prevalence, course, and predictors of a syndemic of psychosocial health issues linked to HIV. Read more


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eDAPT
Enhancing Diaries for Assessment and Prevention Tools (eDAPT) is an online study that is examining the conditions under which sexual behavior diaries become self-monitoring interventions for young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Read more


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E-SNAp
Evaluation using a Social Networks Approach, or E-SNAp, is an academic-community research partnership between the IMPACT Program and Vida/SIDA (a program of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center) that seeks to assess the diffusion of HIV prevention information among Latino YMSM (18 to 24 years old) enrolled in the Mpowerment Project at Vida/SIDA. Read more


Evaluation Center
The Center for the Evaluation of HIV Prevention Programs in Chicago is a collaborative effort between IMPACT Program, the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) at Northwestern University, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The Evaluation Center oversees the evaluation efforts of 20 HIV prevention demonstration projects funded by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) at 15 sites throughout the city. Read more


Harnessing the Power of Text Messaging to Invigorate AMSM HIV Preventive Behavior
This study is a mixed methods project involving online focus groups and a text messaging-based HIV prevention intervention designed specifically for adolescent men who have sex with men (AMSM), ages14-18. Read more


Keep It Up!
Keep It Up! (KIU!) is a series of HIV prevention projects for young men who have sex with men (YMSM). KIU! 2.0 is a multi-site randomized control trial (RCT) comparing two versions of an online HIV prevention program for YMSM. KIU! 1.5 is a highly interactive HIV prevention program tailored to ethnically diverse YMSM that is being implemented as a city-wide service project at Center on Halsted. Read more


LYNC
In order to advance knowledge of the drug and sexual networks of YMSM and how these networks influence HIV transmission, Linking Young Networks in Chicago (LYNC) is constructing and analyzing a macro-network of YMSM by utilizing data already being collected from Crew450 and a Social Network Supplement. Read more


Project Q2
Project Q2 is the longest running longitudinal study of LGBT young people ever conducted, with 248 participants who were between the ages of 16 and 20 at baseline. Now in its sixth year, Project Q2 is focused on the individual and sociocultural predictors of mental health, substance use, HIV risk, and resilience in a diverse population of LGBT young adults. Read more


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RADAR
RADAR is a new, five-year study investigating the connections among sexually transmitted infections (like HIV), drug and alcohol use, and romantic or sexual relationship patterns over time among YMSM. Read more


Trans Stigma, Health, and Coping
The Trans Stigma, Health, and Coping study is a community-informed project that provides important insights into the stressors and marginalization experienced by trans and gender nonconforming individuals, as well as how these stressors impact health in a variety of areas. Read more


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