We are committed to producing innovative research that brings knowledge and clinical implications to the field of suicide research. We accomplish this by leading the development, execution, and analysis of survey data collected from LGBTQ young people. We translate these findings to inform evidence-based policies and practices.
Acceptance from Adults is Associated with Lower Rates of Suicide Attempts Among LGBTQ Young People
SEP. 22, 2023 — LGBTQ young people who had accepting adults in their lives reported significantly lower odds of attempting suicide compared to those who did not.
JUL. 19, 2023 — Feeling safe and understood in at least one online space is associated with lower suicide risk and lower rates of recent anxiety for all LGBTQ young people, and for LGBTQ young people of color in particular.
The Relationship Between Caring Teachers and the Mental Health of LGBTQ Students
MAY. 10, 2023 — Feeling that their teachers or professors cared a lot or very much about them was associated with significantly lower odds of attempting suicide in the past year among LGBTQ young people.
National Survey on the Mental Health of LGBTQ Young People
Amplifying the experiences of more than 28,000 LGBTQ young people (ages 13-24) across the United States, our fifth annual survey underscores negative mental health impacts of anti-LGBTQ policies & victimization, while also underscoring the protective nature of affirming homes and schools, and how LGBTQ young people would envision a more accepting world.
of LGBTQ young people seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year — and young people who are transgender, nonbinary, and/or people of color reported higher rates than their peers.
of LGBTQ young people wanted mental health care in the past year were not able to get it.
of LGBTQ young people reported that they felt discriminated against in the past year and 15% reported being threatened with or subjected to conversion therapy.
Dr. Ronita Nath (she/her) is the Vice President of Research at The Trevor Project. Ronita’s background is in research methodology, adolescent health, LGBTQ health, and sexually transmitted infections. Ronita came to Trevor from the University of British Columbia where she was the Managing Director of the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre. At the Centre, she led a team of researchers to implement provincial, national, and international research initiatives focused on understanding how stigma, violence, and trauma affect the health and risk behaviors of LGBTQ youth, and how protective factors foster resilience among LGBTQ youth. Prior to her work at UBC, Ronita was a James Kreppner CTN Postdoctoral Fellow at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, where her research aimed to understand the drivers of the syphilis epidemic in the province.
Dr. Jonah DeChants
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Jonah DeChants (he/him) is a Senior Research Scientist at The Trevor Project. Prior to joining Trevor, Jonah completed his Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2019 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Colorado State University’s School of Social Work. His scholarship uses community-based research methods to study the resilience and service needs of young adults experiencing homelessness, particularly those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. He has taught courses on policy analysis and incorporating social justice into social work practice.
Jonah previously worked for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, supervising a federal planning grant which examined risk and protective factors of homelessness among youth aging out of foster care. He also worked for the LGBT Center at the University of Pennsylvania and Seeding Change, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jonah earned his Master of Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and his Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College. He is also an alum of the AmeriCorps VISTA Program.
Dr. Steven Hobaica
Dr. Steven Hobaica (he/him) is a Research Scientist at The Trevor Project. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Washington State University and an LGBTQ-focused postdoctoral residency at Veteran Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System. His research surrounds LGBTQ mental health and the importance of comprehensive sexuality education in schools, as well as informing policy change to impact mental health at a broader level. Before working at the Trevor Project, Steven was a Senior Researcher and Program Evaluator at the University of California Irvine where he helped evaluate a statewide digital mental health program for underserved groups.
Dr. Ashley B. Taylor
Dr. Ashley B. Taylor (she/they) is a Senior International Research Manager at The Trevor Project with 10 years of experience in LGBTQ youth mental health survey research. She completed her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University with research focusing on the role of family acceptance, family rejection, and microaggressions on psychological intimate partner violence and identity development among LGBTQ emerging adults. Ashley previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia where they led several research initiatives including the Canadian Trans and Non-binary Youth Health Survey, the World Health Organization Global Survey of Expert Opinion on School Health Services, the Health Behavior in School-Aged Children sex and gender pilot survey, as well as development and implementation of a dating violence intervention that emphasized positive, healthy relationships for LGBTQ2S+ youth across British Columbia.
Longitudinal Survey Manager
Antonia Clifford (she/her) is a Longitudinal Survey Manager at the Trevor Project with ten years of experience in LGBTQ health survey research. Prior to joining Trevor, Antonia led multiple longitudinal survey projects for LGBTQ+ youth and adults at Northwestern University’s Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health. There, she conducted research focusing on HIV, mental health, relationships, and experiences of violence. Antonia earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Chicago with a focus on positive youth development and violence prevention. Throughout her career, Antonia has continued her clinical work with survivors of suicide and loss.
Dr. Caitlin Clark
National Survey Manager
Dr. Caitlin Clark (she/her) is the National Survey Manager at The Trevor Project. She has over a decade of experience in research on youth and LGBTQ+ topics in academic, non-profit, and education settings. Caitlin received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from The University of Texas at Austin where she studied the development of heterosexist attitudes in young children. As an evaluation analyst at Austin Independent School District, Caitlin managed the district-wide Student Climate Survey and examined the experiences of students from marginalized populations, including transgender and nonbinary youth. Before joining The Trevor Project, Caitlin was a Senior Research Associate at the GLSEN Research Institute where she conducted research on LGBTQ students and LGBTQ inclusion in education and contributed to multiple iterations of GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey. Specifically, her work focused on transgender and nonbinary students, LGBTQ youth in sports, adults in education, LGBTQ families, and measurement of sexual orientation and gender identity among youth.