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A review of non-pathologizing psychology research that expands our understanding of trans identity, experience, and mental health.


Seeking participants for online survey on trans mental health

Sebastian Barr

My name is Sebastian Barr – I am a transgender man and a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Louisville. I used to write the blog xxboy and for Autostraddle, and am now primarily researching and educating on transgender mental health and psychology. I am currently seeking participants for my dissertation research, which I am conducting under the supervision of Drs. Kate Snyder and Mark Leach. 

To qualify for the study, participants must identify as having a gender that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth and must be over the age of 18. Participation involves completing an anonymous online questionnaire that will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. After you finish the survey you will have the option of providing your contact information in order to be entered to win a $100 gift card. This study has been approved by University of Louisville’s IRB. 

The information collected will not necessarily benefit you directly, but may be helpful to others. As you are likely aware, gender diverse people are at increased risk of having adverse experiences and poor mental health. The information you provide will help us better understand the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people and may help us communicate these experiences to the scientific community and the general public. This could lead to important applications in therapy and counseling that might improve access to effective mental health care. 

It is important to us that the research reflects the wide range of identities and experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people, so we strongly encourage the participation of individuals who are often left out of other trans-focused studies, e.g., those who live stealth and people with nonbinary identities. For this reason, we also encourage individuals with marginalized intersecting identities (e.g., trans people of color, trans people with disabilities) to participate. 

If you are interested in being a part of this study, you can complete the questionnaire here:

If you have any questions, please contact Sebastian Barr at 

Thank you, 

Sebastian Mitchell Barr
Doctoral Candidate, Counseling Psychology
University of Louisville