Social health, stigma, identity, neuroendocrinology, LGBTQ+ health

Focus of research

I am a social psychologist by training with additional expertise in epidemiology, neuroendocrinology, and mental health. My work focuses on the complex interplay of social experiences, relationships, identities, and biological factors. I am involved in research co-created with members of marginalized social groups, particularly sexual and gender minorities.

My overarching interest in the concept of social health is an organizing focus of research in my group. Social health refers to having adequate quantity and quality of relationships in a particular context to meet an individual’s need for meaningful human connection. Ultimately, I aim to conduct and translate research that reduces social disparities and optimizes health outcomes for all.

Informed by the biopsychosocial model of health, I am currently investigating the potential psychosocial implications of gender-affirming hormone therapy for transgender people throughout the life course in the AFFIRM Relationships project. This research is supported by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (2023-2028) as part of Horizon Europe. Work on AFFIRM Relationships triangulates across methodologies and study designs, including experience sampling, prospective cohort, and qualitative interview studies.