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Ankur Srivastava, MSW, PhD

Dr. Ankur Srivastava is an assistant professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, and a core faculty with the Global Social Development Innovations Center. Dr. Srivastava has an active domestic and international research agenda focused on reducing behavioral health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ*) persons. His research is informed by nearly a decade of community-based work with nonprofits in India and the United States. Dr. Srivastava’s research is invested in examining multiple minority identities, issues of identity management and their associated experiences of stress from a developmental framework. His scholarship is heavily influenced by intersectionality, critical race, and minority stress theories, underscoring the nuances and diversity of experiences among LGBTQ* persons negotiating multiple minority identities.

His research has explored the feasibility of a longitudinal investigation of minority stress among adolescents in the US; sexual identity fluidity and identity management over time; mental health disparities among LGBTQ persons in carceral spaces; and gender transitioning processes and mental health among transwomen in India. He is also a part of an international consortium of social scientists working on sexuality research in US, UK, Canada and Mexico; and has secured pilot funding to conduct photo-elicitation interviews with young transwomen to explore the potential impact of information and communication technologies on their intersecting online and offline identities.