Expert Testimony

vANDERBILT uNIVERSITY sOCIAL nETWORKS, aGING, and Policy Study (vu-snaps)

working FOR THE

INCLUSION OF

LGBTQ people, families, and communities in

RESEARCH AND POLICY 

sociologist. educator. thought leader. 

I provide expert testimony for the court in asylum cases involving sexual and gender minority African nationals.

I have several long-term projects related to LGBT health, rights, policy, and organizing in Malawi, 

Mozambique, Nigeria, and Senegal.

I am the Principal Investigator of the Vanderbilt University Social Networks, Aging, and Policy Study (VUSNAPS). VUSNAPS is a longitudinal study of the lives and networks of older LGBTQ adults in the South. The study is funded by the National Institute on Aging. Learn more at vusnaps.com.


READ the VUSNAPS Wave 1 Community Research Summary here. 

With multiple coauthors, I examine the effects of LGBT-related policies on health and health disparities in the US.

lgbt hEALTH AND rIGHTS IN aFRICAN cONTEXTS

VUSNAPS

COVID-19 and American Gun Violence

CORONAVIRUS RESEARCH

VUSNAPS

The pandemic has dramatically altered the social lives of Americans and added additional economic pressures. In a series of new papers with Jonathan Metzl and others, we consider how pandemic measures affected American gun violence and how mental health research on gun violence needs to adapt to the pandemic context.

I am studying how LGBTQ populations, including older adults, students, and 18+ adults, are changing their social and sexual behaviors in response to Covid-19. 

LGBT Population Health and policy

PROJECTS

This NIH-funded study examines health and aging among 50 to 76 year old LGBT adults living in the US South.

sociologist. EDUCATOR.thought leader.