Current Scholar

Wes Wislar

PhD Student, Sociology
Wes Wislar
Academic Institution: Ohio State University Location: Columbus, Ohio Cohort Start Year: 2021
Research Topics: Addiction and Substance Use, Behavioral and Mental Health, LGBTQ+ Health
Populations Served: LGBTQ+ Communities, People with Addictions

FOCUS
Wes’ research focuses on mental health disparities of gender-expansive people (transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, agender, two-spirit, intersex, etc.). Specifically, he explores how transgender people experience substance use and access/maintain recovery from addiction and alcoholism. Wes uses qualitative, community-informed methodology to better understand substance use in the trans and gender-expansive community; and with this research hopes to develop creative and lasting policy and programs that prioritize the specific needs of transgender people coping with substance abuse.

MORE ABOUT WES
Wes’ vision of health equity is informed by his experiences as a trans and disabled person in recovery, as well as his work in the realm of disability justice. He is invested in creating a community-informed culture of health for transgender and disabled people that transcends the medicalization so often experienced by marginalized communities.

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