The IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program was founded by director Dr. Brian Mustanski in 2008. The IMPACT Program’s mission is to conduct translational research that improves the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and to increase understanding of the development of sexual orientation and gender identity. We seek to achieve this mission by developing innovative, evidence-based interventions; collaborating with the LGBT community; training the next generation of LGBT scholars; and disseminating research findings to scientific and general audiences.
The IMPACT Program is a part of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), the first university-wide research institute in the country focused exclusively on research to improve the health of the sexual and gender minority community.
Collaborating with the LGBT Community
Extensive community ties have been a hallmark of the IMPACT Program since its inception, and we collaborate with several community-based organizations throughout Chicago. One of the closest partnerships is with the Center on Halsted, the most comprehensive LGBT resource center in the Midwest. IMPACT has an office and a clinical lab located at Center on Halsted, where several studies are housed, creating a welcoming environment for study participants and facilitating the translation of research into practice.
Training the Next Generation of LGBT Scholars
Each year, the IMPACT Program trains and mentors graduate and medical students, postdoctoral scholars, and early stage investigators via a number of structured programs, and hosts undergraduate and graduate interns for research, web, and health communications projects. In 2013, IMPACT began hosting the nation’s first clinical psychology internship track focused on LGBT health, to lead the way in training future leaders in culturally competent health research, education, and clinical care.
For more information on our research, please visit our Research page.