The Outreach Subcommittee seeks to engage with the local community, recruit diverse samples, and connect with other diversity efforts in the Pitt community.


Speaker Series: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Diversity

Past Events

Suicidality and Adversity among Transgender Adolescents

Dr. Brian Thoma
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychiatry

March. 2020


Presented in collaboration with PEIC LGBTQ affinity group

Brian Thoma, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on risk and protective factors for LGBT adolescents. He has received NIH funding to examine LGBT adolescent health, including how parent-adolescent relationships influence health within this population. Learn more about him here.


Doing Research with Underrepresented Groups: A Panel Discussion

with Drs. Michael W. Dickey, Sophia Choukas-Bradley, & Diana Leyva
Presented by the PEIC Outreach Committee

Feb. 2020 


Our panelists came from the Departments of Psychology and Communication Science and Disorders. Their work focuses on populations with diverse range of ability, sexual orientation, gender, racial, ethnic, and social economic backgrounds. At this panel presentation, the panelists discussed important considerations when recruiting and working with diverse populations. See the flyer here for more details.

Click on a panelists name to learn more about their work:

Sophia Choukas-Bradley

Michael W. Dickey

Diana Leyva

The Dividends of Diversity: How recruiting diverse and marginalized populations improves research

Dr. David Gibbons & Brian Adams (PhD Candidate), University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health

Jan. 2020

Presented by PEIC Outreach Committee Lunch Series

Dr. David Givens and doctoral candidate Brian Adams highlighted the ways that truly representative sampling and outreach to marginalized communities can improve research outcomes and benefit everyone involved.  This included their work founding the HIV Prevention and Care Project, studying LGBTQ+ stigma and religious belief, the creation of Project SILK for young black men who have sex with men and trans women, and culturally competent survey design for the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health.