I’ve undertaken a number of projects in this area since organizing the first discussion group for autistic trans folks at the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference in 2014. For example, I’ve developed a resource handout for transgender folks on the autism spectrum and, more recently, been awarded a book contract to explore their experiences through interviews. I also sit on several advisory committees and onging research projects, including a community-based needs assessment on individuals with autism spectrum disorder and HIVconducted by AIDS Committee of Toronto.
My MSW thesis research focused on exploring and understanding variation in reports of transgender suicidality. These findings have been published in Transgender Health in 2017 and 2019 and I am in the process of preparing several additional manuscripts elaborating on the relationship between transgender suicidality and other factors like ethnicity.
Mapping Bedbugs in Toronto
For my MSW practicum, I mapped the pattern of bedbug reports to Toronto Public Health with GIS software. I was inspired to do this by Patrick McCain’s excellent bedbug maps, as published in the Toronto Star’s Map of the Week Blog. The completed maps show some interesting trends and strongly support the reinstatement of Ontario’s Provincial Bedbug Strategy Funding, which ran out on March 31st, 2012. My work was featured in the Toronto Star, presented at a community bedbug forum, and can be downloaded here.
I worked on a review of the development of phalloplasty and scrotoplasty, in FTM transsexuals, from 1980 to 2012. I presented the results of this research at the 2012 Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health conference.