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The University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are undertaking a joint project studying the behavioral health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) active duty service members. The study is one of the first Department of Defense-funded projects of its kind.

Investigators from the USC School of Social Work’s LGBT Health Equity Initiative and Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families, along with investigators from the Department of Social Welfare in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, will join forces to conduct qualitative interviews and quantitative surveys with LGBT service members from each of the four military branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines). An expert advisory panel comprised of leaders in the military and in LGBT health will help guide this project, including AMPA Director of Research & Policy, Dr. Lori Hensic.

Understanding the issues faced by LGBT service members is important because it helps the military develop programs to address the health needs among individuals in our community. In addition, understanding the needs of LGBT service members will enhance the performance of the military overall through improved unit cohesion.

Participation in the study is completely voluntary, and all service members must provide verbal consent before enrolling. The study team will not gather personally identifying information, and any information they collect from service members will remain anonymous. For participating, off-duty service members will be eligible to earn gift certificates to


How To Enroll

Call 323-510-6277 or email