2019 NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Investigator Awards Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Research Investigator Awards Program was developed to recognize investigators who have made substantial and outstanding research contributions in areas related to SGM health. On September 17, 2019, the SGMRO honored one distinguished investigator and two early-stage investigators for their exemplary work in this field.

This event was videocast and archived if you'd like to watch our awardees present on their research!  

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From left: Karen Parker, PhD, MSW; Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD; Lindsay Taliaferro, PhD, MPH, MS; and Katie Biello, PhD, MPH

2019 Investigator Awardees

Distinguished Investigator Awardee

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Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, Ph.D.


Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, Ph.D., is a Professor and the Director of Healthy Generations at the University of Washington. Dr. Goldsen is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing the intersections of health and longevity in at-risk communities. With over 20 years of consecutive external funding, she is currently the Principal Investigator of multiple federally-funded studies, including the landmark National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS; R01), IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action; R01), and Addressing Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Health Disparities across Generations. Dr. Goldsen is the author of more than 100 publications in top journals, three books, and recently edited the first ever special issue on SGM aging within an international context. Her research has been well cited across leading news sources. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley.


Early-Stage Investigator Awardees

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Katie Biello, Ph.D., M.P.H.


Dr. Katie Biello is an Associate Professor of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Epidemiology at the Brown School of Public Health, as well as an Investigator at the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. Her primary research interests are in identifying and understanding the underlying, multilevel risk factors for social inequities in HIV/STIs and developing bio-behavioral interventions (e.g., PrEP uptake and adherence) to reduce risk among racial, sexual and gender minorities and those in resource limited settings, both domestically and globally. Her research has been primarily funded through extramural research grants, including the National Institutes of Health and foundations. These efforts have resulted in nearly 100 peer-reviewed, scientific journal publications. In addition to her research portfolio, Dr. Biello mentors undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Finally, Dr. Biello is committed to academic service, including serving as a reviewer on numerous NIH review panels and scientific journal editorial boards.

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Lindsay Taliaferro, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.


Dr. Lindsay Taliaferro is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, Department of Population Health Sciences. She has a background in public health and completed postdoctoral training in adolescent health and development. Her research focuses on promoting healthy youth development and preventing risk behaviors among adolescents. Findings from her early studies examining suicidality and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) among young people indicated particular vulnerabilities among SGM adolescents, which shaped her current research interests. Her research focuses on addressing health disparities among SGM adolescents, particularly related to mental health, and ensuring healthcare providers possess the competency to provide quality care to SGM youth. Her strengths-based approach to research with SGM youth has the goal of highlighting protective factors that promote healthy youth development rather than simply reiterating risks among this population.