I am gay and I am a research coordinator.//
I am the research coordinator at the UIUC Alcohol Research Lab. As an LGBTQ+ community member and social/clinical psychology researcher, I hope to better our understanding of the mechanisms through which LGBTQ+ community members are disproportionately affected by substance use disorders. Importantly, understanding how social contextual factors and other environmental predispositions interplay to lead to the differential development of substance abuse could later inform treatment courses and prevention measures, improving quality of life for both substance-abusing and at-risk LGBTQ+ individuals. I intend to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology with the aim of continuing to understand the etiologies of substance use disorders, especially in the LGBTQ+ community.