Kelly Johnson is a third-year DrPH student. She has 15 years of experience working with public health programs that serve marginalized populations, both internationally and domestically. She currently works with Project AFFRIM, a mixed-methods transgender identity development study. Her research interests include adolescent health, HIV prevention, qualitative methods, transgender health, stigma, and resilience.
This study will explore minority stressors and psychosocial resources among trans*, genderqueer and non-binary adolescents between the ages 16-20 who live in
the Bay Area. The study will employ innovative qualitative visual methods, including “lifeline” narratives and photo elicitation, to explore participant experiences of stigma and discrimination, as well as the factors that they identify as protective against stigma and discrimination, such as social support, community resources and safe spaces. A better understanding of the lived experiences of trans*,
genderqueer and non-binary adolescents and the processes that promote resilience will facilitate the development of urgently needed mental health interventions for this population.