Project AFFIRM


Project AFFIRM is a study that aims to learn more about the identity development and health of people who identify as transgender, transsexual, or gender non-conforming across the course of the lifespan. While public awareness of the diversity of identities within the transgender community has grown, understanding of transgender people’s experience is limited by a lack of research on their identity development. Our goal is to learn more about transgender identity development in order to foster resilience and reduce stigma and discrimination among members of the transgender community.

We believe that by developing a better understanding of transgender identity development, findings from AFFIRM will help to reduce the known and purported health inequities among the transgender community. We hope that findings will inform the development of future intervention strategies aimed at reducing stigma and promoting the health and well-being of the transgender community. To learn more, visit the Project AFFIRM website

Latest News:

We are currently recruiting in three U.S. cities: New York City, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

The Team

Project AFFIRM is a collaboration between Columbia University, SF State’s Health Equity Institute, and University of Georgia, Atlanta. To see full bios of each team member, visit the Project AFFIRM website.

Principal Investigator

  • Walter Bockting, Ph.D., New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI)/Columbia University, Principal Investigator


NYSPI/Columbia University:

  • Anke A. Ehrhardt, Ph.D.
  • Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg, Dr.

Columbia University:

  • Curtis Dolezal, Ph.D.
  • David M. Frost, Ph.D.

SF State/Health Equity Institute:

  • Allen J. LeBlanc, Ph.D.

University of Georgia, Atlanta: 

  • Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D

Research Staff

Columbia Research Staff:

  • Kate Jackman 
  • Rakiyah Jones
  • Will Mellman
  • David Wiley

SF State Research Staff:

  • Kayla Bowen
  • Kelly Johnson
  • Jay Lykens
  • Luciano Sagastume


  • MAC AIDS Fund
  • The New York Community Trust
  • The California Endowment
  • The Palette Fund
  • The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
  • The National Institute of Child and Human Development