Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR)

Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR) Want to learn more? Visit our website at https://www.clear-research.paloaltou.edu/ The Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research (CLEAR) is headed by Dr. Kimberly Balsam at Palo Alto University and includes 13 PAU faculty members as well as a postdoctoral fellow and a graduate student assistant.

It was founded in 2007 by Dr. Peter Goldblum with the vision that "every person - adult or child - will have access to the social and psychological resources necessary to construct affirming identities congruent with their deepest selves." In the twelve years since its inception, CLEAR has provided funding and support for faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows at Palo Alto University to conduct research advancing the health and well-being of diverse LGBTQ populations as well as consultation and programming to disseminate research findings. CLEAR also enhances PAU’s commitment to diversity by advancing training on cultural competency to ensure that the next generations of clinical psychologists and counselors are prepared to meet the needs of these populations. As CLEAR continues to evolve and expand, we remain focused on our specific goals to bring our vision to life: growing our capacity to conduct high-quality, leading-edge research that will advance the science on sexual orientation and gender identity-related issues; expanding training opportunities in research and its application to practice and policy at the pre- and post-doctoral training levels; · providing a forum for thought leaders in the area of LGBTQ psychology to convene, share ideas, and develop scholarly and applied work; providing consultation and education to community organizations seeking to improve their cultural competence with LGBTQ populations; and disseminating expertise in LGBTQ clinical psychology and counseling through our annual speaker series to bridge the gap between science and practice. CLEAR’s ‘Small Grants Program’ was launched in November 2018 to provide funding for PAU faculty and students to conduct research that furthers CLEAR’s mission. Our first projects were funded in the 2018-2019 academic year and we will be accepting more applications in the Fall. ​ CLEAR is one of three entities at PAU focused on LGBTQ issues – the other two being the Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, which serves as a specialty clinic within the Gronowski Training Clinic, and the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Together, these entities make PAU uniquely poised as a leading institution among Clinical Psychology training programs in the United States in research, training, and clinical work with LGBTQ populations.

It was founded in 2007 by Dr. Peter Goldblum with the vision that "every person - adult or child - will have access to the social and psychological resources necessary to construct affirming identities congruent with their deepest selves." In the twelve years since its inception, CLEAR has provided funding and support for faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows at Palo Alto University to conduct research advancing the health and well-being of diverse LGBTQ populations as well as consultation and programming to disseminate research findings. CLEAR also enhances PAU’s commitment to diversity by advancing training on cultural competency to ensure that the next generations of clinical psychologists and counselors are prepared to meet the needs of these populations. As CLEAR continues to evolve and expand, we remain focused on our specific goals to bring our vision to life: growing our capacity to conduct high-quality, leading-edge research that will advance the science on sexual orientation and gender identity-related issues; expanding training opportunities in research and its application to practice and policy at the pre- and post-doctoral training levels; · providing a forum for thought leaders in the area of LGBTQ psychology to convene, share ideas, and develop scholarly and applied work; providing consultation and education to community organizations seeking to improve their cultural competence with LGBTQ populations; and disseminating expertise in LGBTQ clinical psychology and counseling through our annual speaker series to bridge the gap between science and practice. CLEAR’s ‘Small Grants Program’ was launched in November 2018 to provide funding for PAU faculty and students to conduct research that furthers CLEAR’s mission. Our first projects were funded in the 2018-2019 academic year and we will be accepting more applications in the Fall. ​ CLEAR is one of three entities at PAU focused on LGBTQ issues – the other two being the Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, which serves as a specialty clinic within the Gronowski Training Clinic, and the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Together, these entities make PAU uniquely poised as a leading institution among Clinical Psychology training programs in the United States in research, training, and clinical work with LGBTQ populations.

Mission: Our goal is to advance the health and well-being of diverse LGBTQ populations through innovative methods that bridge the gap between science and practice.

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Please join CLEAR in this the Community Collective Hypefest this Friday!
08/19/2020

Please join CLEAR in this the Community Collective Hypefest this Friday!

Please spread the word about this important study, which will be running for one more week until the end of April 2020. ...
04/26/2020

Please spread the word about this important study, which will be running for one more week until the end of April 2020. We are seeking to understand the unique experiences and challenges facing LGBTQ+ Parents during Covid-19. Your voices are important!

Cut and paste this link:
https://paloaltou.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cZ962GwUMml1nFj?fbclid=IwAR012F0_QnBUkYuRG6lyr-btCM8fm9MmJvZ_RUwWTBZ6I0SavCf9fEHUZlo

https://paloaltou.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9p00dNHR8YkKhbD

Please share this recruitment message with those who may be interested.

The LGBTQ+ During COVID-19 Project is conducted by Dr. Kimberly Balsam, Rel Friedman, Vinisha Rana from Palo Alto University. Each of us identifies as LGBTQ+. Our hope is to learn from the voices of LGBTQ+ Parents in order to support their well-being and highlight their resiliency during this evolving pandemic. This study has been found to be exempt by the IRB at Palo Alto University.

To participate, please click the link and fill out a brief research survey (approximately 10 minutes) about your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions about the study, please email Dr. Kimberly F. Balsam at: [email protected]

In order to help the LGBTQ community navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the CLEAR team created a resource page listing nati...
04/16/2020
COVID-19 Resources and Information | clear-research

In order to help the LGBTQ community navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the CLEAR team created a resource page listing national LGBTQ-specific COVID-19 resources. You can find this resource page using the link below!

https://www.clear-research.paloaltou.edu/covid-19-resources-and-information

In order to help the LGBTQ community navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the CLEAR team created the following list of national LGBTQ-specific COVID-19 resources. This list will be updated periodically to include any new information and resources that may be helpful to our community.

Please spread the word about this new, important study!
04/02/2020

Please spread the word about this new, important study!

Seeking LGBTQ+ identified persons to participate in an online research survey!

Please share this recruitment message with those who may be interested.

https://paloaltou.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9p00dNHR8YkKhbD

The LGBTQ+ During COVID-19 Project is conducted by Dr. Kimberly Balsam, Rel Friedman, Vinisha Rana from Palo Alto University. Each of us identifies as LGBTQ+. Our hope is to learn from the voices of LGBTQ+ people in order to support their well-being and highlight their resiliency during this evolving pandemic. This study has been found to be exempt by the IRB at Palo Alto University.

To participate, please click the link and fill out a brief research survey (approximately 10 minutes) about your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions about the study, please email Dr. Kimberly F. Balsam at: [email protected]

We invite you to participate in an online survey!  This research study is being led by a non-binary researcher, who is i...
02/23/2020

We invite you to participate in an online survey! This research study is being led by a non-binary researcher, who is interested in increasing research focused on transgender people and lives. Work like this has the potential to inform better mental and sexual health care for transgender men. This survey will take no longer than 30 minutes and you can enter a drawing to win 1 of 4 $50 Visa Gift Cards. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please click on the following link: https://paloaltou.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eu4ewEP4HAUVMWx

Please spread the word about this new CLEAR study focusing on Latinx LGBTQ+ people's experiences!
01/26/2020

Please spread the word about this new CLEAR study focusing on Latinx LGBTQ+ people's experiences!

Researchers at Palo Alto University are conducting an online study to explore life experiences that contribute to the mental health and well-being of individuals who are Latino/a/x and LGBTQ+.

You may complete the survey in English or Spanish. Your individual responses will be kept completely confidential. Your time will be compensated with a $20 gift card. Participation will take approx. 30-45 minutes.

To be eligible to participate you must be: 18 years or older, identify as LGBTQ+, identify as Latino/a/x, and reside in the state of California.

If interested, contact [email protected] or 510-736-4993 SE HABLA ESPAÑOL

Investigadores de Palo Alto University están realizando un estudio online para explorer las experiencias de vida que contribuyen a la salud mental y el bienestar de las personas que son Latino/a/x y LGBT.

Puede completar la encuesta en Inglés o Español. Sus respuestas individuales serán completamente confidenciales. Su tiempo será recompensado con una tarjeta de regalo de $20. La participación durará aprox. 30-40 minutos.

Para ser elegible para participar debe ser: mayor de 18 ańos, LGBTQ+, Latino/a/x, y vivir en CA.

Si esta interesado/a, contácte, [email protected]
o 510-736-4993
Se habla Español

We are officially launching The Enby Project. Check out The Enby Project page to learn more.
01/14/2020

We are officially launching The Enby Project. Check out The Enby Project page to learn more.

http://bit.ly/enbyproject

The CLEAR December newsletter is here!  Learn more about our events, projects, and new faculty affiliates in 2019.  It's...
12/16/2019
CLEAR Newsletter - December 2019.pdf

The CLEAR December newsletter is here! Learn more about our events, projects, and new faculty affiliates in 2019. It's been a busy year!

As 2019 comes to a close and we look ahead to 2020, please consider including CLEAR in your end-of-year giving. Every dollar directly supports our activities to bridge the gap between science and practice and support the well-being of diverse LGBTQ+ people and communities.

Happy Holidays!

Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR)'s cover photo
12/16/2019

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Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR)'s cover photo
11/20/2019

Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR)'s cover photo

Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR)'s cover photo
11/14/2019

Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR)'s cover photo

This year we held our second annual CLEAR Public Lecture Series in LGBTQ Research at the Palo Alto Arts Center. This exc...
11/14/2019

This year we held our second annual CLEAR Public Lecture Series in LGBTQ Research at the Palo Alto Arts Center. This exciting project provides valuable insights for the PAU community, including students and alumni, as well as the broader Bay Area community, on topics relevant to LGBTQ psychology.

This year’s lecture was held on October 30 and featured Anneliese Singh, Ph.D., LPC, an award-winning social justice scholar and community organizer. Dr. Singh is also a Professor and Associate Dean of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Education at the University of Georgia, and a program faculty in the counselor education and supervision doctoral program. Her research, practice, and advocacy explores the resilience and liberation experiences of trans people, people of color, survivors of trauma, South Asian immigrants, and social justice and empowerment training, and she has over 100 publications in these areas.

Dr. Singh’s presentation was titled “Racial Healing in Queer and Trans Communities: Challenging Privilege, Confronting Systemic Racism, and Engaging in Collective Healing.” Attendees learned ten core strategies of racial healing that queer and trans people can engage in to build toward collective liberation and racial justice. Participants had the opportunity to break into small groups to explore their own racial healing work as well as how they might begin and continue to challenge structural racism across various settings.

We at CLEAR and Palo Alto University are enormously grateful to Dr. Singh for this inspiring lecture and all the participants who engaged in this important work. Check back next year for more information about attending CLEAR’s Lecture Series for 2020.

The Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research at Palo Alto University and Project RISE at UCSB teamed up to host ...
07/05/2019

The Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research at Palo Alto University and Project RISE at UCSB teamed up to host a Think Tank event focused on LGBTQ Sampling Methodology on June 27, 2019. Faculty and student researchers from across the U.S. spent the day brainstorming challenges, solutions, and best practices for recruiting LGBTQ participants for research in the 21st Century.

The Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research at Palo Alto University and Project RISE at UCSB teamed up to host a Think Tank event focused on LGBTQ Sampling Methodology on June 27, 2019. Faculty and student researchers from across the U.S. spent the day brainstorming challenges, solutions, and best practices for recruiting LGBTQ participants for research in the 21st Century.

Latest CLEAR publication documenting the experience of sexual minority people in the military... https://www.tandfonline...
06/11/2019
Unit Acceptance and Psychological Distress Among LGB Military Service Members: Preliminary Findings from a National Survey

Latest CLEAR publication documenting the experience of sexual minority people in the military... https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/KdFKEbGZ8AbpypyB8GyC/full?target=10.1080/21635781.2018.1500954

(2019). Unit Acceptance and Psychological Distress Among LGB Military Service Members: Preliminary Findings from a National Survey. Military Behavioral Health: Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 170-176.

KLB Research is currently seeking LGBTQ individuals for research on a variety of topics, including memories of coming ou...
02/14/2019
Ongoing Studies — KLB Research

KLB Research is currently seeking LGBTQ individuals for research on a variety of topics, including memories of coming out, communicating about relationships, and feelings about public vs. private affection sharing. Please visit our website www.drkarenblair.com/ongoing to learn more.

Are you looking for a KLB Research Study that you can participate in right now? Below you will find a summary of each of our current studies that are open to new participants! Thank you for your interest! If you do not find a study that suits your interests at this time, you can always join our part...

02/13/2019
01/30/2019
Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health

We invite you to participate in an online survey for a research project on religion/spirituality and mental health. We need responses from adults of all sexual orientations (LGBTQ+ and heterosexual) and gender identities (TGNC and cisgender). This research study is being conducted by Brandon Hoeflein, M.S. ([email protected]) and Dr. Joyce Chu ([email protected]) through Palo Alto University. In order to make sure we don't know who did or didn't participate in the study, we ask that you not say whether you completed the survey in comments on our page. If you comment on this post to say you completed the survey, we will delete the comment and will not respond. Participants will be entered for a chance to win one of five (5) $50 Amazon gift cards. You are welcome and encouraged to share this post! Just click this link to get started: https://tinyurl.com/rsmhsurvey

Qualtrics sophisticated online survey software solutions make creating online surveys easy. Learn more about Research Suite and get a free account today.

Check out our updates in the December 2018 CLEAR Newsletter
12/27/2018

Check out our updates in the December 2018 CLEAR Newsletter

Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR)'s cover photo
11/21/2018

Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR)'s cover photo

The Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Research (CLEAR) is pleased to announce our new, updated logo, representing our comm...
11/21/2018

The Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Research (CLEAR) is pleased to announce our new, updated logo, representing our commitment to research that represents our commitment to diversity within LGBTQ populations.

Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR)
11/21/2018

Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR)

11/16/2018
Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health

We invite you to participate in an online survey for a research project on religion/spirituality and mental health. We need responses from adults of all sexual orientations (LGBTQ+ and heterosexual) and gender identities (TGNC and cisgender). Participants will be entered for a chance to win one of five (5) $50 Amazon gift cards. This research study is being conducted by Brandon Hoeflein, M.S. ([email protected]) and Dr. Joyce Chu ([email protected]) through Palo Alto University. Just click this link to get started: https://tinyurl.com/rsmhsurvey

Qualtrics sophisticated online survey software solutions make creating online surveys easy. Learn more about Research Suite and get a free account today.

Please join us on Monday, November 5 for this public talk and dinner in the CLEAR speaker series!  Learn more about the ...
10/19/2018
Refugee Survivors of LGBTQ Persecution Public Talk

Please join us on Monday, November 5 for this public talk and dinner in the CLEAR speaker series! Learn more about the experiences of LGBTQ refugees fleeing persecution from an expert in the field, Dr. Sharalyn Jordan. Dinner is free and we encourage you to RSVP and let us know you are joining us. Event is open to anyone inside PAU and in the local communities. Hope to see you there!

Doing Justice with/in Research with Refugee Survivors of Homophobic and Transphobic Persecution by Sharalyn Jordan, Ph.D. Join us for an evening of learning and discussion with Dr. Sharalyn Jordan, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and Equity Studies of Canada's Simon Fraser University. A...

National Center for Transgender Equality
09/28/2018
National Center for Transgender Equality

National Center for Transgender Equality

Our State Policy Director, Arli Christian, spoke to The New York Times about the growing movement to allow non-binary people the ability to accurately identify themselves on official documents:

Researchers from Palo Alto University and CLEAR are conducting a study of a mindfulness-based class for LGBTQ adults in ...
10/31/2017
Compassion Cultivation Training- LGBTQ

Researchers from Palo Alto University and CLEAR are conducting a study of a mindfulness-based class for LGBTQ adults in San Francisco. Please spread the word to your networks in the SF Bay Area about this exciting opportunity to participate in Compassion Cultivation Training!

We are conducting a study to learn
about the impact of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), an 8-week class designed to develop the qualities of mindfulness, compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others.

Rev. Dr. Mark Wilson is one of the cherished lecturers for our 6-week seminar on building trust between religious leader...
09/19/2017

Rev. Dr. Mark Wilson is one of the cherished lecturers for our 6-week seminar on building trust between religious leaders and mental health professionals. He is one of the kindest and most knowledgeable people you will every come across - don't miss out on the opportunity to learn from his wisdom, experience, and knowledge! And please SHARE this post with your pastors and local mental health clinicians :)

Visit our website to learn more: https://innovation.sfts.edu/mental-health/

Discounts are available to pastors and mental health providers who serve the underserved.
09/19/2017

Discounts are available to pastors and mental health providers who serve the underserved.

Please join our ground-breaking 6-week online seminar on interdisciplinary collaboration, which focuses on the professional collaboration of mental health clinicians and religious/spiritual leaders. We are hoping to recruit a couple more graduate students and a few more mental health professionals (including LMFTs, licensed counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists). Please visit the link below and sign up to receive information on our upcoming class with PAU Professor Emeritus (and founder of this page) Peter Goldblum! We will be highlighting three more instructors over the next few days, so stay tuned :)

https://innovation.sfts.edu/mental-health/

Please join our ground-breaking 6-week online seminar on interdisciplinary collaboration, which focuses on the professio...
09/19/2017

Please join our ground-breaking 6-week online seminar on interdisciplinary collaboration, which focuses on the professional collaboration of mental health clinicians and religious/spiritual leaders. We are hoping to recruit a couple more graduate students and a few more mental health professionals (including LMFTs, licensed counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists). Please visit the link below and sign up to receive information on our upcoming class with PAU Professor Emeritus (and founder of this page) Peter Goldblum! We will be highlighting three more instructors over the next few days, so stay tuned :)

https://innovation.sfts.edu/mental-health/

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The Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research (CLEAR) is headed by Dr. Kimberly Balsam at Palo Alto University and includes 13 PAU faculty members as well as a postdoctoral fellow and a graduate student assistant. It was founded in 2007 by Dr. Peter Goldblum with the vision that "every person - adult or child - will have access to the social and psychological resources necessary to construct affirming identities congruent with their deepest selves."

In the twelve years since its inception, CLEAR has provided funding and support for faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows at Palo Alto University to conduct research advancing the health and well-being of diverse LGBTQ populations as well as consultation and programming to disseminate research findings. CLEAR also enhances PAU’s commitment to diversity by advancing training on cultural competency to ensure that the next generations of clinical psychologists and counselors are prepared to meet the needs of these populations.

As CLEAR continues to evolve and expand, we remain focused on our specific goals to bring our vision to life:


  • growing our capacity to conduct high-quality, leading-edge research that will advance the science on sexual orientation and gender identity-related issues;

  • expanding training opportunities in research and its application to practice and policy at the pre- and post-doctoral training levels;

  • · providing a forum for thought leaders in the area of LGBTQ psychology to convene, share ideas, and develop scholarly and applied work;

  • providing consultation and education to community organizations seeking to improve their cultural competence with LGBTQ populations; and

  • disseminating expertise in LGBTQ clinical psychology and counseling through our annual speaker series to bridge the gap between science and practice.
  • CLEAR’s ‘Small Grants Program’ was launched in November 2018 to provide funding for PAU faculty and students to conduct research that furthers CLEAR’s mission. Our first projects were funded in the 2018-2019 academic year and we will be accepting more applications in the Fall.

    CLEAR is one of three entities at PAU focused on LGBTQ issues – the other two being the Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, which serves as a specialty clinic within the Gronowski Training Clinic, and the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Together, these entities make PAU uniquely poised as a leading institution among Clinical Psychology training programs in the United States in research, training, and clinical work with LGBTQ populations.

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