The Researchers

Research on LGBTQ Mormons is happening in a variety of different places by a variety of different people. We think that it is important to know who is conducting the research because their unique experiences and identities are likely to influence what questions they study and subsequently the results they find. Below, we’ve listed any researcher who has been the lead author on more than one paper that looks at LGBTQ Mormons along with links and contact information to learn more about them.

William S. Bradshaw, Ph.D., Professor emeritus of molecular biology at Brigham Young University

Jimmy G. Bridges, Ph.D., Full-time therapist and part-time researcher

Katherine A. Crowell, Ph.D., Assistant professor of psychology at the University of Hartford

Angie L. Dahl, Ph.D., Associate professor of psychology at Ferrum College

John P. Dehlin, Ph.D. , Life coach and founder of the Open Stories Foundation and the Mormon Stories podcast

Renee V. Galliher, Ph.D., Full professor of psychology at Utah State University

Jeanna Jacobsen, Ph.D., Assistant professor of social work at Walden University

G. Tyler Lefevor, Ph.D., Assistant professor of psychology at Utah State University

Elizabeth Legerski, Ph.D., Associate professor of sociology at the University of North Dakota

James S. McGraw, M.A., doctoral student of psychology at Bowling Green State University

Elijah Nielson, Ph.D., Assistant professor of social work at Utah Valley University

Samuel J. Skidmore, M.A., Doctoral student of psychology at Utah State University

A Note: As we compiled this page, we noted trends in who is doing research with LGBTQ Mormons. Perhaps most notable is that most research on LGBTQ Mormons has been done by individuals who have only ever done one study (and are hence not featured on this page). Although we did not ask the researchers to disclose their identities to us, we note that the majority of individuals who do research with LGBTQ Mormons are White, cisgender, male, and not active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A minority of researchers are publicly out as LGBTQ. We hope that the next 10 years sees an influx of researchers with varying identities and relationships with the church.