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My research interests include transgender mental health, transgender identity development, and intersections between trauma psychology and transgender psychology. I am also interested in methodological issues surrounding how to most accurately measure gender, sex, and sexuality. I have experience in multiple quantitative research methodologies and have been trained in the qualitative research methodology of grounded theory. Read below for more information on specific projects, publications, and awards.


Completed Projects




Barr, S.M., Budge, S.L., & Adelson, J. L. (2016). Transgender belongingness as a mediator between strength of transgender identity and well-being. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 87-97.  doi: 10.1037/cou0000127 [Free PDF available from ResearchGate.]

Gabel, C.P., Cuesta-Vargas, A., Barr, S.M., Black, S.W., Osborne, J.W., & Melloh, M. (In press). Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Neck Disability Index in a whiplash population indicates a one-factor model is viable. European Spine Journal.

Bryan, J., Barr, S.M., Overtree, C., & Mangine, J. (2015). Letting go of the binary: Comparing categorical and continuous measures of sex, gender, and sexuality [White paper].


Barr, S.M., & Budge, S.L. (2016, August). Experiences of self-esteem and well-being for individuals with non-binary gender identities. In S. Chang (Discussant), Identity processes, well-being, and emotional processes for individuals with non-binary identities. Symposium to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO. 

Rosenkrantz, D.E., & Barr, S.M. (2016, August). Validating the subscales of the Objectified Body Consciousness Scale in a population of trans women. In Ruth E. Fassinger (Discussant), Emerging areas of science, practice, and education with LGBTQ women. Symposium to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Barr, S.M. & Roane, S.J. (2016, June). Effectively addressing comorbid issues in affirmative therapy with trans clients. Workshop to be presented as part of the professional training track at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Barr, S.M. (2016, February). Emotions and your mental health. Invited presentation at University of Louisville Resident Student Association meeting, Louisville, KY.

Barr, S.M. (2015, January). Coping 101: A primer on helpful coping for trans youth. Invited presentation at Louisville Youth Group, Louisville, KY.

Barr, S.M. (2015, June). A review of trans psychology and mental health. Invited presentation at transgender community needs assessment meeting, Charlotte, NC.

Barr, S.M. (2015, April). Risk and resilience: The mental health of trans and gender non-conforming individuals. Invited presentation at University of Louisville Psi Chi chapter meeting, Louisville, KY

Barr, S.M., & Budge, S.L. (2014, August). Predictors and outcomes of community belongingness in a trans* population. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Keller, B.L., Barr, S.M., & Budge, S.L. (2014, August). “For every bad, there’s 40 good things that happen”: A qualitative approach to understanding the positive emotional experiences of trans* women. In l. dickey (Discussant), The other side of the story: Trans* individuals’ experiences of positivity and resilience. Symposium presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Russ, E., & Barr, S.M. (2014, April). Current perspectives on trauma and PTSD: DSM-5, personality, and implications for psychotherapy. Invited presentation at Operation Headed Home, Somerset, KY.

Barr, S.M., Eleazer, J., Nguyen, Y., & Budge, S.L. (2014, January). “I just want to deal with it on my own”: Learning helpful coping strategies related to trans* stressors. Workshop presented at a confidential conference for transgender service members.

Budge, S.L., & Barr, S.M. (October, 2013). Addressing grief and role transitions for transgender clients experiencing gender identity incongruence. Paper presented at the Biennial North American Society for Psychotherapy Research Conference, Nashville, TN.

Barr, S.M., & Budge, S.L. (2013, June). The role of identity integration in the emotional well-being of post-transition individuals. In WPATH graduate research symposium. Symposium presented at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Budge, S.L., Barr, S.M., Katz-Wise, S.L., Keller, B.L., & Manthos, M. (2013, June). Incorporating positivity into psychotherapy with trans clients. Workshop presented at the Annual Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Budge, S.L., & Barr, S.M. (2013, April). Emotional and identity processes of trans* youth: A developmental approach. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Barr, S. M., Stahl, A., Manthos, M., & Budge, S.L. (2012, November). “It means there aren’t any rules and you don’t have to ascribe to a specific binary”: A qualitative examination of genderqueer identity. Paper presented at the Chicago LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference, Chicago, IL.

Budge, S.L., Barr, S.M., Orovecz, J., & Rossman, H.K. (2012, November). Clinical work with LGBT youth. Workshop presented at the Annual Kentucky Psychological Association Conference, Louisville, KY.

Bryan, J., & Barr, S.M. (2011). From the dress-up corner to the senior prom: Navigating gender and sexuality diversity in PreK-12 schools. Workshop presented at New York State Association of Independent Schools Diversity Conference, New York, NY.

Barr, S.M. (2011). Trans* 101: A training for students, faculty, and administrators. Invited presentation at Hendrix College, Hendrix, AR. 


APA Division 44 Transgender Research Award (2014)

APA Division 44 Transgender Research Award (2014)