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APHD PhD Candidate Natania Marcus Receives Award for Research in LGBTQI2S Health & Wellness

February 6, 2018.

Natania Marcus, 2018Natania Marcus from the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development (APHD) has received the prestigious CIHR Institute of Gender and Health's "Hacking the Knowledge Gap Trainee Award for Innovative Thinking to Support LGBTQI2S Health and Wellness" in the amount of $25,000. This award enables recipients to participate in the knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) Design Jam, a two-day event designed to foster creative problem solving around KTE challenges. This year's KTE Design Jam will take place in Vancouver on February 23rd and 24th.

"Natania's goal for the Design Jam phase of the Award is to design an intervention that serves to decrease the mental health concerns and increase the well-being of LGBTQI2S individuals by developing a large-scale community intervention. The intervention will help people regulate their emotions more effectively and cope with minority stress more successfully," says her supervisor, Roy Gillis.

Currently, Marcus' research focuses on how various forms of minority stress (both subtle and overt) impact emotion regulation in LGBTQ2S individuals on a daily basis.  She is also examining how developmental risk and protective factors can increase vulnerability or bolster resilience to emotion dysregulation following experiences of minority stress.

"The CIHR award is exciting as it will allow me, in collaboration with other researchers and individuals with lived experience, to translate this research into a solution or intervention that will benefit the mental health needs of LGBTQ2S individuals," says Marcus.  She says she is grateful for her practicum training in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and emotion-focused therapy (EFT), which has greatly shaped her research and clinical interests in emotion regulation as an underlying cause of psychological distress, regardless of how it manifests.

The department of APHD and Gillis in particular congratulate Marcus on this incredible achievement. "Natania is clearly on the path to establishing innovative projects that combine social media tools with established therapeutic practices in psychology".


Natania Marcus is a third year Ph.D. candidate in APHD's Clinical & Counselling Psychology program and is being supervised by faculty member Roy Gillis. Her project is entitled, Queering Feeling: Minority stress impacts emotion regulation in LGBTQ individuals, but what are we going to do about it?