Research Experience

The fellow will have 20% protected academic time (one day per week). The research activities can include research endeavors designed and implemented by the fellow, as well collaborative research with Medical College of Georgia/Augusta University faculty.

Current research projects:

  • Serving Underserved Populations in Rural Setting: Targeting Treatment and Adolescent Resilience Together (SUPRSTART) – Dr. Ashwini Tiwari with Dr. Christopher Drescher
  • Pediatric health psychology research (various projects) – Dr. Catherine Davis
  • LGBTQ research (various projects, primarily with adults) – Dr. Lara Stepleman and Dr. Drescher
Selected Presentations/Publications:

*Joseph, H. L., Zhang, L. F., Best, C., Drescher, C. F., & Davis, C. L. (under review). Child Mental Health Treatment Access and Retention in Integrated Primary Care and Traditional Outpatient Services. Poster submitted for presentation at the Society for Behavioral Medicine annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA.  

Draheim, A. A., Brands, S., Griffin, J. A., Kridel, M., Wallace, C., Stepleman, L. M., & Drescher, C. F. (in press). Suicidality and discriminatory experiences with healthcare providers in LGBT emerging adults. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services. doi:10.1080/10538720.2023.2267485

Drescher, C. F., Kassing, F., Mahajan, A., & Stepleman, L. M. (2023). The Impact of Transgender Minority Stress and Emotion Regulation on Suicidality and Self-Harm. Psychology & Sexuality, 14, 432-444. doi:10.1080/19419899.2023.2164867

O’Hayer, C. V., Smith, P. J., Drescher, C. F., Nurse, C. N., & Bruschwein, H. (November, 2021). ACT with CF – Adolescents & Family: Promising Pilot Study Data of Dyadic Telehealth Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety & Depression Among Teens with CF & Their Caregivers & Siblings. Symposium presented at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, virtual.

Drescher, C. F., *Griffin, J. A., Casanova, T., Kassing, F., Wood, E., Brands, S., & Stepleman, L. M. (2021). Associations of physical and sexual violence victimization, homelessness, and perceptions of safety with suicidality in a community sample of transgender individuals. Psychology & Sexuality. doi:10.1080/19419899.2019.1690032

Bennett, B., Paluszynski, S., Williams, C., Looney, J., Drescher, C. F., Yanasak, N., Hauger, J. A., & Davis, C. L. (March, 2019). Effects of mock MRI (PiTracker) behavioral training on participant motion in children. Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

O’Hayer, C. V., Smith, P. J., Drescher, C. F., Nurse, C. N., Hendry, M., & Stephen, M. J. (October, 2019). ACT with CF Next Directions: Design of a multisite RCT of telehealth-delivered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy vs TAU for anxiety and depression. Poster presented at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Nashville, TN.

Drescher, C. F., *Eldridge, D. E., Wood, E., Rossi, A. L., & Stepleman, L. M. (2018). Implementing an LGBTQ training for teen pregnancy prevention facilitators. Georgia Educational Researcher, 15. doi:10.20429/ger.2018.15104

*Griffin, J. A., Drescher, C. F., *Eldridge, D. E., Rossi, A. L., *Loew, M. M., & Stepleman, L. M. (2018). Predictors of anxiety among sexual minority individuals in the southern US. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. doi:10.1037/ort0000363


*Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow or Psychology Intern at time of authorship; Fellowship faculty member