Wes Wislar

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.

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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