Featured Scholar: Richard Brandon-Friedman, Ph.D., LCSW, LCAC
IU School of Social Work, IUPUI
Families in Transition: Development of a Therapeutic Group for Gender-Diverse Youth and Their Caregivers
Professor Richard Brandon-Friedman's academic research focuses on sexual and gender identity development among youth, youth sexual wellbeing, LGBTQ+ identity development, youth sexual behaviors, sexuality discourse within social work, and addressing sexuality within the child welfare system. Professor Brandon-Friedman has spent 15 years working with LGBTQ+ youth and their families in mentoring and clinical capacities. In 2015, he helped found the Riley Hospital Gender Health Program and has worked there clinically and as a researcher since that time.
He continually meets with community members, maintaining a list of needs they have identified. He also works with the community clinically, providing ongoing hands-on experience. When examining research opportunities, Professor Brandon-Friedman starts with the population that would be impacted, turning to the members of the population to see how their needs may fit within funding mechanisms. This grounds his research within community members’ experiences.
Families in Transition is a therapeutic support group designed to meet the needs of gender-diverse youth and their caregivers. Developed collaboratively with GenderNexus, GEKCO, PFLAG Fishers, and members of the gender-diverse community, the group will enhance the social and emotional well-being of participants through psychoeducation, skill development, familial relationship and communication building, and community connectedness.
Professor Brandon-Friedman's translation of community-engaged research into practices that promote health and well-being within the LGBTQ+ community is another excellent example of how IUPUI's faculty members are TRANSLATING their RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.
Selected Publications in IUPUI ScholarWorks
With several research works contributed to IUPUI's free, open access repository, Professor Brandon-Friedman has made translational research knowledge available to professionals, researchers, students, and communities around the world.
Brandon-Friedman, R. A. (2021). Gender dysphoria. In H. Armstrong (Ed.), ABC-CLIO (pp. 269-271). ABC-CLIO. https://hdl.handle.net/1805/28952
Brandon-Friedman, R. A. (2021). Outing. In H. Armstrong (Ed.), Encyclopedia of sex and sexuality: Understanding biology, psychology, and culture, Volume 2 (pp. 467-469). ABC-CLIO. https://hdl.handle.net/1805/28955
Brandon-Friedman, R. A. (2021). Sexual identity. In H. Armstrong (Ed.), Encyclopedia of sex and sexuality: Understanding biology, psychology, and culture, Volume 2 (pp. 657-659). ABC-CLIO. https://hdl.handle.net/1805/28956
Brandon-Friedman, R. A. (2021). LGBTQ+. In H. Armstrong (Ed.), Encyclopedia of sex and sexuality: Understanding biology, psychology, and culture, Volume 1 (pp. 385-386). ABC-CLIO. https://hdl.handle.net/1805/28954
Kinney, M. K., & Brandon-Friedman, R. A. (2021). Exploring gender identity with a photo diary. In J. Whitman & C. Boyd (Eds.), Homework assignments and handouts for LGBTQ+ Clients: A mental health and counseling handbook (pp. 340-347). Routledge. https://hdl.handle.net/1805/28987
Brandon-Friedman, R. A., Snedecor, R., & Ramseyer Winter, V. (2021). Intersections between body image, sexual identity, and sexual health among transgender youth. In Dodd, S. J. (Ed.) Routledge international handbook of social work and sexualities (pp. 151-164). Routledge. https://hdl.handle.net/1805/28986
Brandon-Friedman, R. A., Karnoski, R., & Hall, S. F. (2020). Working with transgender and nonbinary youth in the child welfare system. In S. K. Kattari, N. E. Walls, L. Kattari, & M. K. Kinney (Eds.) Social work and health care with transgender and nonbinary individuals and communities (pp. 148-162). Routledge. https://hdl.handle.net/1805/28953
Brandon-Friedman, R. A., & Kinney, M. K. (2020). Assisting Youth with Disclosing their Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity using an Ecomap. In Homework Assignments and Handouts for LGBTQ+ Clients (pp. 30-39). Routledge.https://hdl.handle.net/1805/28989
Brandon-Friedman, R. A., Warden, R., Waletich, R., & Donahue, K. L. (2020). Supporting caregivers and family members of transgender and nonbinary youth. In S. K. Kattari, N. E. Walls, L. Kattari, & M. K. Kinney (Eds.) Social work and health care with transgender and nonbinary individuals and communities (pp. 194-207). Routledge. https://hdl.handle.net/1805/28988
Brandon-Friedman, R. A., Pierce, B., Wahler, E. A., Thigpen, J. W., & Fortenberry, J. D. (2020). Sexual identity development and its impact on sexual well-being: Differences between sexual minority and non-sexual minority former foster youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 117, 105294. https://hdl.handle.net/1805/28430
Brandon-Friedman, R. A. (2019). 88. The impact of sexual identity development on the sexual health of former foster youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 64(2). https://hdl.handle.net/1805/28429