research leads to designing a new wellness program

We believe in our community’s capability

We seek to empower our community and create the change we seek. From community-driven research exploring daily life, worry of discrimination, and how we cope (Finding Our Strength), to our overall health needs and access (Michigan Trans Health Survey) – we are committed to translating findings into tangible results.

Trans Wellness, Trans Brilliance: a virtual program to advance wellness

We’ve been hard at work inventorying existing peer support programs. We’ve interviewed community stakeholders across the state to better understand the gaps in supportive programs. Based on these findings, we have designed a wellness intervention, Trans Wellness, Trans Brilliance, which will led by peer support specialists. Before we launch the pilot program, our community-driven methodology (corroborated by MI-THRAB) means seeking for opportunities to improve, learn, and grow by listening to members of our community.  Help us identify areas for improvement, and/or validate that we are on the right track!

This is where you come in!

Focus group discussion

We are looking for 6 members of our trans/gender diverse community who are interested in promoting emotional wellness for our community to join us for a 90-minute focus group discussion. We’ll review the program, its goals, expected outcomes, structure, and activities. Here’s what you need to know: 

  • You must be at least 18 years of age and a member of the transgender, nonbinary, gender-expansive (gender diverse) community to be eligible
  • Your participation in the group is completely confidential
  • The focus group will be held over Zoom on Sunday, February 20th, 3:00 pm EST, with an expected duration of 90 minutes
  • You will need access to reliable internet
  • We’ll ask about your perspective on the program, its goals, structure, and activities
  • Questions are not designed to be invasive or focused on your personal history/experiences
  • If you do experience discomfort in talking about the challenges our community faces in today’s society, we’ll have resources like the Trans Lifeline to provide to you
  • Information gathered from our discussion will be de-identified! This means that no personal info will be recorded and your contributions will remain anonymous
  • You will receive a $50 compensation as a THANK YOU for your time participating!


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Peer Support Specialist

Apply by the deadline
Friday 6/17
11:59 pm EST

Check back for updates!

$50 VISA gift card
as thank you for your time!

Peer Support Specialist Application & Early Participant Sign-Up

We anticipate hosting interviews for Peer Support Specialists during the weeks of June 23rd and July 5th.

We will be reaching out to participants for enrollment in July.

Brayden Misiolek (he/they)
program design, co-principal investigator | Trans Wellness, Trans Brilliance
co-founder, lead researcher | Transcend the Binary (

C McGhee (they/them)
project manager | Trans Wellness Trans Brilliance
doctoral candidate | Gender & Feminist Psychology, University of Michigan

Shanna Kattari, PhD (they/them)
co-principal investigator | Trans Wellness Trans Brilliance
assistant professor | School of Social Work, Dept. of Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Michigan
founder, director | [Sexuality | Relationships | Gender] Research Collective (

Thank you to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund for making our work possible!

And a very special thank you to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund for supporting the development and pilot of our emotional wellness intervention. We believe in generating greater access to care, and the power of peer support.


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