Leland Merrill

Research Associate

Leland is a Research Associate working on Caboodle!, a study exploring the acceptability, feasibility and barriers to self-collecting biological specimens for HIV and STI testing amongst gay and bisexual men. Leland earned his Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Kalamazoo College.

Before joining the center, Leland was a Princeton in Asia fellow based in Tokyo, Japan. There Leland worked for Ashinaga, an international NGO dedicated to providing financial and emotional support to students who have lost one or both parents.

Leland’s research interests are centered on the transgender community, including trans sexual health empowerment, non-discriminatory health care policy, intersectionality, requirements of “medical necessity” for individuals seeking medical support in transitioning, mental health within the community and the medicalization of trans identity.

The Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities

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