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. Currently I am undertaking research on trans/autistic grassroots organization for my dissertation, offer workshops for practitioners on providing transgender healthcare to this population, sit on several advisory committees (for instance I contributed to a community-based needs assessment on individuals with autism spectrum disorder and HIV), and regularly give interviews on this subject. I have also published a book of interviews with trans/autistic folks (Trans and Autistic: Stories from Life at the Intersection) and developed a handout for transgender folks on the autism spectrum and.
I am curently contributing to Leo Rutherford’s PROGRESS (Patient-Reported Outcomes of Genital Reconstruction and Experiences of Surgical Satisfaction) project, which explores metoidioplasty and phalloplasty outcomes. I previously 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. It can be downloaded on my Resources page.
My Masters of Social Work 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.
Mapping Bedbugs in Toronto
For my Masters of Social Work 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 on my publications page.