The Adler School’s LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center is dedicated to tailoring our research and projects to furthering the understanding, inclusion, and advocacy for sexual orientation minorities and gender-variant people. Students, faculty, our Institutes, and community partners work in collaboration on shared initiatives to deliver quality research and enhanced service delivery.
Mental Health Impact Assessment (MHIA): A preventative practice, MHIA enables mental health professionals to engage in socially responsible practice by working to ensure that legislative and public policy decision-making promote the mental health of vulnerable communities. LMHIC is engaged in utilizing this unique tool for advancing inclusion for sexual orientation minorities and gender variant people by targeting two legislative priorities: Employment Non-Discrimination Act and marriage equality for Illinois. We are actively working on securing funding and building our research team to examine the mental health impact and review the findings, and recommendations, to all stakeholders involved.
Community Research: LMHIC is interested in engaging those serving sexual orientation minorities and gender variant people in research endeavors that further the competency of clinicians in providing service delivery excellence. We are particularly searching for initiatives that focus on increasing knowledge, expertise, and inclusion of the most underserved and underrepresented groups within sexual orientation minorities and gender variant people.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Research from Our Students: LMHIC is proud to provide the hyperlinks and full pdf copies of the following dissertations and theses that are focused on sexual orientation minorities and gender variant people.
- Motivations for bug chasing: Moving towards a model of social exclusion as a factor in self-harm. Please email Dr. Rachel Frailich to learn more about this study or to have her come and speak about her research.