The LGBT Health & Development Program

Research Blog

Our research blog archives highlight the evolving work of the IMPACT team, along with other noteworthy findings in the LGBT health field. For information about our current studies visit our Research page, and for news related to our research visit the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing news page.


Research Blog—How Social Media Amplifies Community Resilience among the LGBT Community

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13th November

Despite adversity, the LGBT community finds a sense of resilience through social networks via virtual communities and other e-approaches.



2015 LGBTQ Health Conference Highlights Diversity of Research and Clinical Practice

Posted by Liz McConnell in Featured, Research Blog. No Comments

10th November

Halloween was even more exciting this year with the fourth annual Chicago LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice.



Research Blog–Unique Considerations of Coming Out as LGBT in Mid-Life or Later

8th October

As LGBT people in mid-life or later navigate coming out for the first time, they face unique concerns about credibility, spouses, and kids.



Research Blog–Body Image: Differences by Gender and Sexual Orientation

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2nd October

Do gays and lesbians experience poor body image, and how does this compare with their heterosexual peers?



Webinar – Participant Recruitment & Retention: Common Challenges & Recommended Strategies for HIV Prevention Research & Practice

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28th September

Join us on this webinar Oct. 2 about recruitment & retention best practices from the IMPACT Program and Howard Brown Health Center.



Webinar – Ethics in Adolescent HIV Prevention Research: Youth and Parent Perspectives

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24th September

Featuring IMPACT Program Director Dr. Brian Mustanski



Research Blog—Treating Suicidality in LGB Youth: The Importance of Family Support

10th September

Can family-focused treatment reduce suicidality in LGB youth? For some teens, yes.



Leaders of LGBT Health Research: Q & A with Dr. Brian Mustanski of IMPACT

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18th August

Brian Mustanski’s vision for IMPACT was to create a program that had the full spectrum, from science to application and service.



Research Blog – The Future of LGBTQ Research with Sexual Minority Adolescents

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24th July

In his recent paper, Dr. Brian Mustanski describes today as “an exciting time to be conducting this research.”



Research Blog–Policy Brief: Changing Name and Gender on Government IDs

Posted by Liz McConnell in Featured, Research Blog, Transgender. No Comments

7th July

Recent policy changes have made it easier for transgender people to update their IDs, but we still have a long way to go.



Research Blog–Relationship Stages and Processes among Young LGBT Couples

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1st July

How similar and different are young LGBT couples’ and straight couples’ relationships? Read on to see what IMPACT researchers found!



“The Best Is Always Yet to Come”: Relationship Stages and Processes among Young LGBT Couples

Posted by IMPACT in Publication, Research Blog. No Comments

1st July

Relationship development models warrant modifications when applied to young LGBT couples



Research Blog—Why Marriage Equality Matters to Your Health

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26th June

Marriage equality is now the law of the land. How does this affect your health?



Research Blog – Study Shows It Gets Better for Many LGBTQ Youth

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12th June

Research finds LGBTQ mental health improves from late adolescence to early adulthood because of decreases in victimization.



Research Blog – Dating Violence in Young Queer Couples: Is It Different from Straight Couples?

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28th May

Straight or queer, violence in romantic relationships is alarmingly common, but LGB youth may face additional challenges.



How I Became an LGBT Health Researcher: Q&A with Krystal Madkins

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19th May

What makes a career in LGBT health worthwhile? Krystal, Project Director of KIU!, discusses experiences that led to her path to success.



Research Blog – Coming Out Again: Diversity in Sexual Orientation and Attraction for Trans Men

13th May

What does research show about shifts in sexual orientation and sexual attraction for trans men?



To Have Sex or Not to Have Sex? An Online Focus Group Study of Sexual Decision Making Among Sexually Experienced and Inexperienced Gay and Bisexual Adolescent Men

Posted by IMPACT in Publication, Research Blog. No Comments

6th May

New findings help better understand reasons why adolescent gay and bisexual men may have or abstain from sex.



Developmental Change in the Effects of Sexual Partner and Relationship Characteristics on Sexual Risk Behavior in Young Men Who Have Sex with Men

Posted by IMPACT in Publication, Research Blog. No Comments

6th May

Psychosocial and neurocognitive developmental changes in LGBT adolescents may influence risky sexual behaviors.



Research Blog—New Initiative to Build HIV Prevention Evaluation Capacity of Community-Based Organizations and Healthcare Centers

Posted by Alex Coello in Featured, Research Blog. No Comments

1st May

The Chicago Department of Public Health recently funded the Center for the Evaluation of HIV Prevention Programs in Chicago led by IMPACT.






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