Upcoming Webinar

Designing Sexual and Reproductive Health Research with and for Sexual and Gender Minority People


  • Heidi Moseson (she/her), PhD, MPH - Epidemiologist, Ibis Reproductive Health
  • Juno Obedin-Maliver (she/her), MD, MPH, MAS - Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Epidemiology and Population Health at Stanford University of School of Medicine, and Co-Director of The PRIDE Study

October 20, 2020 – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern – Via Webex - Registration Required!


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Abstract: The ways in which we conduct research have implications for the quality of our data, and the inferences we can draw from those data. When participants feel respected, confident in and trusting of study investigators, and invested in the study topic, participants may be more likely to report complete and accurate data. One way that researchers can establish trust with participants is by designing research questions that resonate with participants' lived experiences. Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) research has done a poor job, however, of centering and including the experiences of sexual and gender minorities (SGM). As a result, much SRH research is limited by selection bias and misclassification bias that preclude a full understanding of the SRH needs and experiences of SGM people. Recognizing these potential biases and concerned about their impact on SRH data and participants, our interdisciplinary team of clinicians, researchers, and advocates set out to co-create a survey to improve the assessment of SRH experiences of SGMs. Nearly all perinatal, contraception, and abortion research to date has focused exclusively on individuals assigned female sex at birth (AFAB) who are presumed to be cisgender and heterosexual. We sought to fill in the gaps within available research and methodologies. The objective of this webinar is to describe the collaborative development of an electronic, quantitative survey co-created by interdisciplinary research and community advisory teams to improve the relevance, precision, and affirming nature of SRH research for SGMs.

Speaker Biographies:

Heidi Moseson
Heidi Moseson (she/her), PhD, MPH
Epidemiologist, Ibis Reproductive Health

Dr. Heidi Moseson is an Epidemiologist at Ibis Reproductive Health. Dr. Moseson is the Principal Investigator of the “Understanding the family planning needs and experiences of transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive people in the United States” study, a national, collaborative, multi-methods study of sexual and reproductive health priorities and experiences of TGE people assigned female or intersex at birth. Dr. Moseson’s training and research portfolio focuses on identifying bias in sexual and reproductive health research, and in developing and testing new research tools to overcome these biases.


Juno Obedin Maliver
Juno Obedin-Maliver (she/her), MD, MPH, MAS
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Epidemiology and Population Health at Stanford University of School of Medicine, and Co-Director of The PRIDE Study

Dr. Juno Obedin-Maliver is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Epidemiology and Population Health at Stanford University School of Medicine who provides excellent clinical care and strives to advance scientific knowledge through her research.

Dr. Obedin-Maliver, is the Co-Director of The PRIDE Study (pridestudy.org), a multi-site online prospective longitudinal cohort of sexual and gender minority individuals based at Stanford. She also serves on the medical advisory board of the University of California San Francisco Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and is helping to author the next version (SOC8) of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care. Dr. Obedin-Maliver has also been active in health policy including involvement in helping to legally redefine consideration of sexually intimate partner status and to remove the Medicare Non-Coverage Determination ruling on gender-affirming surgeries.



Past Webinars

What will it take to create health equity for sexual and gender minority young people?

Brian Mustanski, PhD, Director, Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing

June 30, 2020 – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern – Via Webex 


Abstract: Health disparities among young people based on sexual orientation and gender identity are not going away. Recent studies have shown the size of the disparity in suicide attempts has not shrunk over the past 20+ years. HIV diagnoses have been continuing to increase among young men who have sex with men (MSM), while they decline in many other groups. In this talk, Dr. Mustanski will describe his research examining multi-level drivers of health disparities among young MSM and his program of research that uses community-engaged methods to create, test effectiveness, and now study the implementation of eHealth approaches to HIV prevention. The talk will conclude with a model of the multilevel changes that will be necessary to allow sexual and gender minority youth to have an opportunity to attain their highest level of health.


Speaker Biography: Brian Mustanski, Ph.D. is the founding Director of the Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, which has grown to be the largest LGBTQ health research institute in the US. He is a tenured Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Co-Director of the NIH Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).  His research focuses on the health and development of LGBTQ youth and the application of new media and technology to sexual health promotion and HIV prevention. He has been a Principal Investigator of nearly $60 million in federal (NIDA, NIMH, NIMHD, NIAID, NCI) and foundation grants and has published over 265 journal articles.  He is a frequent advisor to federal agencies and other organizations on LGBTQ health and HIV prevention, including serving as an appointed member of the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Some recognitions for his work include being named a William T Grant Scholar and NBC News selecting him in 2017 from 1,600 nominees to their inaugural list of 30 changemakers and innovators making a positive difference in the LGBTQ community.



About the SGMRO Scientific Webinar Series

The Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) Scientific Webinar Series was launched in FY 2020 as a platform to promote research being conducted by NIH-funded investigators in the field of SGM health. This series seeks to highlight a diverse array of topics and research areas. The goals of this series are to highlight current and groundbreaking SGM health research and to provide a forum that allows students, postdocs, early-stage investigators, and others to envision a research trajectory in SGM health research.

Webinars are typically one hour in length, including 15 minutes for Q&A. Webinars are free and will be recorded and posted to the SGMRO website.

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Shyam Patel at the SGMRO (shyam.patel@nih.gov), and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

This page last reviewed on September 25, 2020