Jonathan Mohr, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Counseling Psychology Program and Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. His main research program focuses on manifestations of stigma, discrimination, and stereotypes, particularly with respect to lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people. Some of his work is on the experiences of individuals from stigmatized groups, whereas some is on attitudes and behaviors toward members of stigmatized groups. He has a secondary research program on interpersonal relationships, with an emphasis on romantic relationships and the psychotherapy relationship. These two lines of scholarship intersect in his writing on same-sex couples and psychotherapy with LGB clients. His work draws from theoretical perspectives in social and personality psychology, including attachment theory, minority stress theory, and theories of collective identity formation. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice & Training.
Colleen Kase, B.S., entered Maryland's doctoral program in counseling psychology in 2016. Her research interests are centered around LGBT mental health, and she is particularly interested in the well-being and identity development of traditionally understudied gender and sexual minority groups. She is currently participating in research related to LGB Asian Americans' experiences with stigma, acculturation, and conflicts in allegiances.
Eddie Chong, M.S., entered Maryland's doctoral program in counseling psychology in 2014. His research interests broadly include issues related to stigmatized groups (sexual minorities in particular) across the lifespan and cultures. More recently, he has been interested in examining systemic factors that influence individuals' well-being and community cohesion. He also is interested in identifying effective stigma coping strategies and resilience process of such groups.
Elissa Sarno, M.S., entered Maryland's doctoral program in counseling psychology in 2012. Her research interests are in LGBT mental health. She is currently participating in research on conflicts in allegiances, which aims to explore the experiences of individuals who subscribe to multiple minority identities, particularly LGB people of color. She also has an interest in HIV-related mental health, and used daily dairy data to investigate correlates of sexual risk-taking behavior for my master's thesis.
Skyler Jackson, M.S., entered Maryland's doctoral program in counseling psychology in 2011. His research interests focus on relations among social identity, stigma-related stress, and health -- with an emphasis on using intersectional theory to understand the unique experiences of individuals holding multiple marginalized identities. Currently, Skyler is working on a case study of emotional distress and coping among LGBTQ students after the Orlando mass shooting, a qualitative study of body image maintenance among Black women, and a series of quantitative studies concerning identity conflict and mental health among sexual minority people of color.