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Current Projects


Gay and Bisexual Fathers Study

Collaboration with Dr. Charlotte Patterson at the University of Virginia

The purpose of this worldwide longitudinal internet based study was to gain insight into the diversity of gay/bisexual fathers and their families.  The goal of the study was to examine the many ways families headed by gay/bisexual fathers have been created, explore how families function, and learn about the relationship between partners.

Become friends with the study on facebook! Click here!


Adult Children of Gay and Bisexual Fathers Study

Collaboration with Dr. Charlotte Patterson at the University of Virginia


Adult children, 18 years of age or older, who had a parent(s) that participated in the gay/bisexual father study. The purpose of the study is to examine the experiences of adult children raised by gay/bisexual fathers.


Want to read newsletters from the Gay/Bisexual Fathers Study, click here!


Joint Custody and Child Development Study

Collaboration with Dr. Robert Emery, Jenna Rowen, Bailey Ocker, Dr. Daniel Potter, & Yishan Xu at the University of Virginia

What constitutes the best, or least damaging, living arrangements for very young children whose parents live apart? Scientific and legal controversies are growing about whether infants and toddlers whose parents live apart should spend overnights away from their primary attachment figure. Unfortunately, very little research has been conducted on the living arrangements and well-being of very young children. In a series of studies, we hope to shed light on this question.

Sexual Minority Reproductive and Sexual Health Study

Collaboration with Dr. Charlotte Patterson at the University of Virginia, Dr. Rachel Riskind at Gilford College & Bernadette Blanchfield at the University of Virginia

In this series of studies, we will assess reproductive and sexual health among sexual minority youth. In addition we aim to understand risk and protective factors for reproductive health among members of this vulnerable population.


Lesbian Mother Study

Collaboration with Dr. Suzanne Johnson & Dr. Elizabeth O'Conner at Dowling College

The purpose of this internet based study was to gain insight into the experiences of co-parenting lesbian mothers.  The goal of this study was to examine how these mothers formed families, and how, once formed, their families functioned.


Intended Parents Study (Future study--just starting!)

Collaboration with Dr. Henny Bos at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands 

The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of young adults’ intention of becoming parents in the future. This study is in the beginning stages, so more to come!

 


Feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions at Tornello at Virginia dot edu