About The Trevor Project

Research

Introduction

The Trevor Project is committed to producing innovative research that brings new knowledge and clinical implications to the field of suicidology. To accomplish this, The Trevor Project takes a two-pronged approach.

1. We partner with external research organizations (such as academic institutions) to carry out complex investigations that range from program evaluations to interventions.

2. We monitor, analyze, and evaluate existing data collected from Trevor-served youth to produce insights into vulnerable populations, suicidal risk factors, and social factors influencing suicidal ideation and attempts.

Current Research Projects

The Trevor Project is currently working on a program evaluation of its crisis services in conjunction with the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The first in Trevor’s 18 year history, this program evaluation will provide concrete data around the crisis intervention and suicidal de-escalation that is central to Trevor’s mission. We look forward to publishing the results of this evaluation in a variety of outlets starting in late 2016.

The Trevor Project and faculty from the University of Rochester are collaborating on the creation, testing, and training of machine learning models to inform the development of a web-based suicide prevention intervention for diverse LGBTQ communities. This project aims to address health concerns of LGBTQ youth through Internet- and emerging technology-based approaches. These research projects are supported by Grant SRG-0-200-17 from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as well as from the University of Rochester CTSA award number KL2TR000095 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the sponsors.

The Trevor Project is also examining the relationship between gender identity and suicide risk through analyses of internal data. We anticipate publishing a manuscript on this topic by the end of 2016.

Prospective Researchers

The Trevor Project receives a large number of requests for research collaborations and has a limited capacity for new projects. Our process for establishing research partnerships is selective and, as such, as ask that you consider the following questions before reaching out to Trevor staff:

1. Does your proposed project have a clear and direct focus on suicide (influencing factors, outcomes, prevention, or risk mitigation)?

2. Does your proposed project focus on LGBTQ youth? Which subgroups of LGBTQ youth are you interested in studying?

3. Who will be the primary researchers on this project? (Unfortunately, we cannot consider high school or undergraduate proposals. For graduate students, we are able to consider only dissertation projects.)

If you believe your project will focus on suicide and LGBTQ youth (primarily age 13-24), please complete the application for collaboration & data sharing here and email the completed form to research@thetrevorproject.org. You may also email research@thetrevorproject.org to schedule a time to talk with our Research & Data Manager about your proposal.