Ci3 Intern Receives Two-Year Fellowship for Work With LGBTQ Youth

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Ci3 intern Kara Ingelhart, a third-year student at The University of Chicago Law School, has been awarded a Skadden Fellowship. The prestigious two-year fellowship will support Ingelhart’s work with LGBTQ youth with juvenile or criminal records by addressing the many barriers they face in housing, employment and educational opportunities. The Skadden Fellowship Program was established in 1988 to commemorate the law firm’s 40th anniversary, and has been described as a “legal Peace Corps.”

At Ci3, Ingelhart works with Executive Director Dr. Brandon Hill on the Transgender Military Mental Health project. Her internship is supported by the Quern Endowment, a fellowship through the Graduate Program in Health and Administration Policy that supports projects aimed at developing students’ leadership skills in the fields of health policy and management.

Congratulations, Kara!

Transgender Day of Remembrance – Events in Chicago and Worldwide Tonight

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Image courtesy of Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

Today, November 20, Ci3 commemorates the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). We urge people to reflect upon and honor the memory of those whose lives were lost to acts of anti-trans violence.

Read more about TDOR in a post from our partner, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), or join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #TDOR.

Chicago’s Center on Halsted will hold a TDOR event tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and DePaul University will host an event on their campus.

For more about TDOR events worldwide, visit

Visit Ci3’s Sexualities page for more about transgender research conducted by Executive Director Dr. Brandon Hill, and other LGBT resources.


Ci3 Welcomes New Executive Director, Dr. Brandon Hill

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Ci3 (the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health at The University of Chicago) is pleased to introduce its new Executive Director, Brandon Hill, PhD.

Dr. Hill joined Ci3 in July 2013. Previously, he worked at Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. In the past year, Dr. Hill has concentrated on interdisciplinary research, with a special focus on STI/HIV prevention interventions, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health, and health disparities. His current projects include studies examining mental and physical health disparities among racial and sexual minorities—particularly young transgender women of color and young men who have sex with men.

Recently, Dr. Hill coauthored the article “Digital Media and Sexually Transmitted Infections” in this month’s Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and commented on transgender service member mental health in JAMA Psychiatry.

“Over the past year and a half, Ci3 has demonstrated the importance of linking programs, research, and policy,” said Dr. Melissa Gilliam, Ci3 Founder and Director. She added, “Dr. Hill brings research expertise and experience in interdisciplinary research with diverse populations. We now have a terrific opportunity to build on the foundation that Angela Heimburger [departing Executive Director] has established as Ci3 continues to develop as a hub for innovative research focused on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing, linking our intervention lab, the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, with research and policy.”

“I am thrilled to oversee such a dynamic academic center [Ci3], and look forward to its continued growth both nationally and globally as we roll out our future research initiatives,” Hill stated. Dr. Hill will begin his position September 1st.

For more information please contact Lauren Whalen, Ci3 Communications Manager, at or 773-834-8351.

Ci3 Researcher Comments on Transgender Servicemember Mental Health

Dr. Brandon Hill (center), Joshua Trey Barnett, and former Navy SEAL and Author of Warrior Princess, Kristin Beck (photo by Christine Grost).

Dr. Brandon Hill (far right), Joshua Trey Barnett, and former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck (photo by Christine Grost)

Dr. Brandon Hill, Ci3 and University of Chicago Section of Family Planning researcher, made a comment in this month’s issue of JAMA Psychiatry, responding to the high rates of depression and suicidal ideation and behavior reported in the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS).

Dr. Hill and co-author Joshua Trey Barnett (University of Utah) suggested that these high rates may be associated with the high prevalence of transgender servicemembers who are not currently able to get proper treatment for mental and gender health under the US military’s ban on open transgender services.

“The ban on open transgender military service impedes on the mental health of trans servicemembers, making it hard for psychiatrists and psychologists to effectively treat gender dysphoria, and increasing the propensity for suicidal ideation and behavior,” Dr. Hill stated.

Dr. Hill and Barnett are currently analyzing data on the medical needs and accommodations of transgender servicemembers, sponsored by the Palm Center Transgender Military Service Initiative.

Read more at: Hill BJ, Barnett J. Mental Health and the Army. JAMA Psychiatry. 2014;71(8):967. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.697.