It’s time to celebrate! CHPIR’s proposal for The SMILE Study received the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Research Project Grant (R01), the original and historically oldest grant mechanism used by the NIH. R01 is the most prestigious grant award offered by the NIH and funds up to  $250,000 a year for up to 5 years– altogether over $1 million of funding! 

The SMILE Study has 3 aims:

  1. Estimate prevalence of anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicidal ideation and substance abuse symptomatology among sexual and gender minorities (SGMs) in three culturally diverse low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)
  2. Identify cultural, contextual, interpersonal and individual determinants of mental health over time, by and across SGM group and country
  3. Determine SGMs’ mental health intervention preferences through Discrete Choice Experiments

Through researching each unique groups’ characteristics, stressors, mental health needs, and preferred modes of Evidence-Based Treatment (EBT) delivery to understand which interventions are needed and how they should be implemented, the SMILE Study hopes to implement and scale-up culturally appropriate Evidence-Based Treatments (EBTs) for Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGMs). The SMILE Study will be conducted in 3 Low Middle Income Countries: Kenya, Brazil, and Vietnam.

Congratulations, SMILE  team!

Check out The SMILE Study website:

CHPIR’s very own GV Hunter is leading a webinar for the American Journal of Sexuality Education (AJSE) Lecture Series, this Wednesday (July 22, 2020) from 7-8pm EST!

Here is a description of the webinar: It is important to understand how people experience pleasure and sexual satisfaction with a partner, as these phenomena can impact how they view their relationships, themselves, as well as the role of sexual activities within relationships. This session will discuss a study that was conducted that assessed the social correlates of sexual pleasure and sexual satisfaction, and the implications of the findings of that study.

Sign up here!:…/AJSELectureSeries/3

The CHPIR team has been hard at work producing new information regarding sexual and gender minority (SGM) mental health around the world! Here are three new articles we want to highlight: 

The first article to introduce is a qualitative study in Brazil and India on the mental health and challenges of transgender women. CHPIR faculty members Dr. Belden, Dr. Huynh, Dr. LeGrand, and Dr. Whetten were involved in the research. Check out the full article here!: Mental health and challenges of transgender women: a qualitative study in Brazil and India

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