I am queer, trans and pangender and I am an interdisciplinary early career researcher.//

I am a Black-Pilipinx interdisciplinary scholar-activist, former research assistant, and poet. I earned my BA in Psychology, along with a minor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies from California State University, Long Beach. I focused my studies on sexual health and ameliorating health disparities among gender minorities. I have several years of experience as an early research scientist in biocultural anthropology, having worked with National Institutes of Health-funded laboratory, Dr. Zachary DuBois’ (formerly of CSULB, now University of Oregon) Biocultural Anthropology Working Group on the Transitioning Experience Study (trans men’s health). I have also worked with Dr. Stephanie Budge’s largest Trans Research Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have had the privilege to co-author several publications with many brilliant mentors. With one foot in academia and the other in my communities, I also creatively write about my experiences as an early career scientist/researcher in the general fields of psychology, biocultural anthropology, transgender health science, and communications. My creative work is inspired by mentors Dr. Benjamin LeMaster (Arizona State), Dr. Diane Bartlow (CSUN), and instructor Yazmin Monét Watkins. I am currently doing my own research, embarking on creative projects, and volunteering prior to applying for PhD.

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