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To our knowledge, this study was the first large-scale psychotherapy study specifically for Black, Brown, and POC Two Spirit, trans, and nonbinary people—by a team and community mostly made of Black, Brown, and POC Two Spirit, trans, and nonbinary (2STNB) people!

What was the study’s goal?​​

Our main goal for this study was to make psychotherapy more accessible to Black, Brown, and POC Two Spirit, trans, and nonbinary (2STNB) folks. We hoped to achieve this by providing free psychotherapy to participants in the study, as well as by learning about what makes psychotherapy most effective and accessible to Black, Brown, and POC 2STNB folks. Participants in this study helped bring us one step closer to making our collective dream of healing and liberation a reality.

Who conducted the study?

This study was conducted by advocates, community members, scientists, therapists, and professors across the U.S., through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

How was the information kept safe?

As advocates and researchers, we understand that information participants share through therapy is personal—this is why it has been our top priority to keep the information private and secure.


Our study was reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Additionally, we obtained a Certificate of Confidentiality (CoC) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that prohibits disclosure of identifiable, sensitive research information to anyone not connected to the research.

How is information shared?

Results have been shared with study participants, healthcare professionals, scientists, policymakers, and community organizations. Only de-identified, pooled data about groups of people is being shared.

How was this study funded?

Financial support for this study has been provided by the Understanding and Reducing Inequalities Initiative and the Institute for Diversity Science Seed Grant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as  the Wisconsin Department of Health Services via the LGBTQ+ organization Diverse and Resilient.

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