After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Chris decided to dedicate his research career to studying intimate partner violence (IPV). Delving deeper into the field, he realized that limited effort has been invested in researching partner abuse in the LGBTQ community. He hopes to engage in qualitative and quantitative research focused on ameliorating the suffering resulting from health disparities for LGBTQ individuals, especially in relation to partner violence and victimization. His research will serve as a critical step in creating the evidence base for national policy and practice standards to benefit LGBTQ individuals in the future.
MORE ABOUT CHRISTOPHER
Chris was born and raised in Boston, and his personal experiences have shaped his desire to use research to improve the lives of LGBTQ individuals through both enhancing clinical care and engaging in advocacy.
DISSERTATION GRANT AWARDEE — WINTER 2022
Sexual Racism and Health among Asian American Sexual Minority Men
Sexual racism is racial discrimination, prejudice, and stereotyping that occurs in the context of romance, dating, or sex, and sustains White supremacist structures. Among the groups disproportionately affected by sexual racism are Asian American sexual minority men (ASMM), and researching experiences of anti-Asian racism is particularly timely given the significant increases in anti-Asian rhetoric and hate across the U.S. since COVID-19. The dissertation aims to elucidate the link between experiences of online sexual racism and psychological health among ASMM and to ultimately inform policies that can help dismantle racist structures ingrained in dating apps, as well as inform culturally-responsive care for ASMM experiencing sexual racism.
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