A Research Associate for the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, Leland works across numerous projects focusing on transgender health, substance use, and at-home STI/HIV testing. In 2017, Leland received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Sociology from Kalamazoo College.
Before joining the team at the University of Michigan, Leland worked in Tokyo, Japan as a Princeton in Asia fellow. There Leland worked for Ashinaga, an international NGO dedicated to providing financial and emotional support to students who have lost one or both parents.
Currently, Leland’s research interests are located at the intersection of mental health, substance use and spirituality within the trans and queer community. In future research, he hopes to investigate how trans and queer people maintain sobriety within heteronormative, religiously monolithic programs of recovery.