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CIRA Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG): "Exploring shifts in parental support behaviors for trans and non-binary adolescents"

Speaker Bio:

Kelly Johnson (she/her/hers) is a Research Scholar with the Youth Equity Science/YES Project at the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership. She also serves as the Health Equity Lead for the Connecticut State DPH COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program. She holds a DrPH from UC Berkeley, an MPH from Johns Hopkins, and an MA in counseling psychology from The Wright Institute. Dr. Johnson is a public health practitioner and qualitative researcher with over 18 years of experience. Her work has focused on increasing health equity among marginalized populations, both domestically and internationally. Her current research examines minority stress, resilience, and social support among trans and non-binary adolescents. Dr. Johnson completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University, where she coordinated the San Francisco site of Project AFFIRM, an NICHD-funded longitudinal, multi-site study of transgender development across the lifespan. She has worked on numerous HIV surveillance and malaria elimination projects targeting vulnerable populations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She is also a trained mental health clinician, with a focus on adolescents and young adults.

QRDG Overview:

The goal of the Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG) is to provide opportunities for individuals involved in qualitative or mixed-methods research to meet regularly to discuss the qualitative research process and potentially problem-solve issues that may arise when engaged in qualitative research. Discussion topics include, but are not limited to: logistics, data management, analysis, dissemination, role of the researcher, and ethics. It is intended as a venue for discussing research in progress and new or relevant literature on qualitative methods and practice as well as to create networking opportunities and foster research collaborations. CIRA's Interdisciplinary Research Methods (IRM) Core Core member, Lauretta Grau, PhD, is coordinating the meetings. She can be reached at


  • Yale Global Health Justice Partnership

    Kelly Johnson
    Research Scholar



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