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Computational Methods Investigating Minority Stress (CMIMS)

The aim of this project is to create the largest database of social media text related to minority stress. The team meets weekly to code posts authored by LGBTQ+ people.

Project Funding

  • NIH Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (RISE) Fellowship (R25GM061222, PI Houston, Trainee Cascalheira)
  • Early Graduate Student Researcher Award ($1,000) American Psychological Association (PI Cascalheira)
  • Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship ($500) American Psychological Association (PI Cascalheira)
  • Adams-Cahill Graduate Research Award ($400) New Mexico State University (PI Cascalheira)

Current Project Members:

Shah Muhammad Hamdi, PhD - Assistant professor of computer science specializing in deep neural networks. New Mexico State University.

Ryan E. Flinn, PhD - Postdoctoral researcher with specialty training in minority stress and SGM mental health. Augusta University.

Yuxuan Zhao, MA - Doctoral student of counseling psychology with specialty training in minority stress and SGM mental health. New Mexico State University.

Emily M. Lund, PhD, CRC - Assistant professor of counselor education and rehabilitation counseling with specialty training in minority stress, especially among people with disabilities. University of Alabama.

Alejandra Lopez, PhD - Assistant professor of counseling psychology with specialty training in Latinx populations and intersectionality. Xavier University.

Dannie Klooster, MS - Doctoral student of counseling psychology with specialty training in transgender populations. Oklahoma State University.

Danica Laprade Undergraduate student. Northern Arizona University.

Jillian R. Scheer, PhD - NIH-funded assistant professor of clinical psychology specializing in the mental health of SGM people and clinical sequelae of minority stress. Syracuse University.

Michael T. Kalkbrenner, PhD - Associate professor of counseling and educational psychology. New Mexico State University.

Koustuv Saha, PhD - Senior researcher at Microsoft Research with expertise in ML/DL, social media, and psychosocial dynamics on social media.

Munmun De Choudhury, PhD - NIH- and NSF-funded associate professor of computer science with published track record of detecting psychological constructs on social media using ML/DL. Georgia Institute of Technology.

Cory J. Cascalheira
Cory J. Cascalheira
Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology

Research interests include (1) the examination of stress-based, multilevel determinants and mechanisms conferring risk for LGBTQ+ health disparities (e.g., substance misuse); (2) the use of artificial intelligence and big data to understand LGBTQ+ health behaviors and outcomes; and (3) the development of innovative digital health interventions. Clinical interests include ACT, CBT, COPE, PE, CPT, and MI for substance use disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder.