Active Projects

PATH Project

This project is a three phase, multi-year effort that uses multiple data sources to identify the unique interpersonal challenges encountered by lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) service members. This project, funded by the Department of Defense, will compare LGB and non-LGB personnel on the impact of interpersonal challenges, transitions and military contextual factors, and develop recommendations and resource materials for LGB personnel and military leaders to improve health, unit cohesion, and force fitness.

The MILE Study

The Minority Immigrant Life Experiences (MILE) Project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is a mixed methods exploration of identity experiences, quality of life, and access to health care among Californian ethnic minority, immigrant, and sexual minority (LGBTQ) statuses. The quantitative component of the project utilizes pooled data from multiple administrations of the California Health Interview Survey to explore associations between general health experiences, health behaviors, health care access, and utilization at intersections of sexual minority (LGBTQ), ethnic/racial minority, and immigrant status. The complimentary qualitative component of the project involves in-depth interviews with Asian and Latinx sexual minority immigrants residing in Southern California. Interview participants share their experiences of coming out, navigating multiple minority identities in multiple minority communities, experiences with stigma, coping methods, and health and well-being. 

The Crisis Project

Drawing from psychological theory and post-traumatic growth, altruism born of suffering, and volunteerism & social action, this project uses a variety of complimentary research methods to assess several factors expected to impact the emergence of prosocial action following personal experiences of trauma. Of particular interest are attributions regarding the traumatic event's cause and meaning as well as how these influence decisions concerning volunteer involvement.

Pathways to Environmental Caring and Engagement

The Aversion to Nature scale: Cody Packard has conceived of and begun the process of developing and testing the psychometric properties of a scale meant to measure one's aversion to nature, in the hopes of assessing the link between one's negative attitudes and beliefs regarding nature, and conservation behavior. 


The Get to Know (Your Wild Neighbors) Program: The Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors program was adopted over a decade ago in Canada and recently in the U.S., and is designed to inspire youth to experience nature-based settings and increase their connectedness to nature. One of the recommended routes to strengthen connectedness to nature within the Get to Know program is to have youth visit natural history museums. The IRSI is currently collaborating with the USDA Forest Service to test whether a visit to a natural history museum enhances connections with nature among linguistically diverse youth ages 8-15.

Past Projects