We are committed to producing innovative research that brings knowledge and clinical implications to the field of suicide research. To accomplish this we monitor, analyze, and evaluate data collected from LGBTQ young people.
LGBTQ Youth and Body Dissatisfaction
JAN. 30, 2023 — LGBTQ youth with body dissatisfaction reported twice the odds of attempting suicide in the past year.
Age of Sexual Orientation Outness and Suicide Risk
OCT. 10, 2022 — These data serve as a call to action for the people in LGBTQ youth’s lives — parents, family members, teachers, doctors, and other direct service providers — to create affirming environments where LGBTQ youth can feel safe and supported coming out.
Suicide Risk and Access to Care Among LGBTQ College Students
SEP. 28, 2022 — LGBTQ college students with access to mental health services through their college had 84% lower odds of attempting suicide in the past year compared to LGBTQ college students without access.
Amplifying the experiences of nearly 34,000 LGBTQ youth (ages 13-24) across the United States — with 45% of respondents being LGBTQ youth of color and 48% being transgender or nonbinary — our fourth annual survey is one of the largest and most diverse surveys of LGBTQ youth ever conducted.
of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. Nearly 1 in 5 transgender and nonbinary youth attempted suicide and LGBTQ youth of color reported higher rates than their white peers.
of LGBTQ youth who wanted mental health care in the past year were not able to get it.
of LGBTQ youth reported that they have experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity at least once in their lifetime.
Ashley B. Taylor (she/her) is an International Research Manager at The Trevor Project. She completed her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University with research focusing on the role of family 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 she led the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey and worked on the World Health Organization Global Survey of Expert Opinion on School Health Services and the Health Behavior in School-Aged Children sex and gender pilot study. Her research focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ youth by concentrating on various topics including intimate partner violence, mental and physical health, family rejection and support, microaggressions, and policy implications.
Jonah DeChants (he/him/his) is a Research Scientist at The Trevor Project. Prior to joining Trevor, he 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.
Senior Research Scientist
Myeshia Price (she/they) is a Senior Research Scientist at The Trevor Project. Dr. Price has more than fifteen years of experience in adolescent public health research, with a focus on sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ youth from an intersectional perspective. After completing their Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with research focusing on predicting early sexual behaviors during adolescence, they were an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Old Westbury prior to taking a postdoctoral research associate position at the Center for Innovative Public Health Research (CiPHR). Her primary research interest areas include developmental understandings of adolescent gender and sexuality and reducing LGBTQ youth mental health disparities with a particular focus on the role of protective factors.