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Diversity and Rural Advocacy Group Faculty

Dr. Douglas Knuston

Director
Assistant Professor 
Counseling & Counseling Psychology

Dr. Julie Koch

Senior Research Consultant
Head, School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling & Counseling Psychology, Professor

Researchers

Chloe Goldbach

Researcher
Counseling & Counseling Psychology, PhD Student
Southern Illinois University

Research Interests: Transgender-affirmative mental health care and health care access, de-stigmatization of transgender bodies and how society conceptualizes gender dysphoria

Cole Milton

Researcher
Counseling Psychology,
PhD Student
Oklahoma State University

Research Interests:
LGBTQ+ affirmative care and practice, specifically the relationship between mental health and family in LGBTQ+ populations.

Dannie Klooster

Assistant Researcher
Counseling Psychology,
PhD Student
Oklahoma State University

Research Interests: Queer and trans masculinity, whiteness, polyamory, community engagement and evaluating the efficacy of therapeutic interventions.

Tyler Kane

Assistant Researcher
Counseling Psychology,
PhD Student
Oklahoma State University

Research Interests: The intersections of gender identity and management of chronic medical conditions within hospital contexts as well as provider-patient relationships

Advocates

El Kallo


Mental Health Counseling
Master's Student
Oklahoma State University

Advocacy Interests: Education about gender expansive experiences, especially those that pursue non-medical transitions or otherwise fall outside of the societal expectations around what it means to be transgender

Loren Marshall

Mental Health Counseling
Master's Student
Oklahoma State University

Advocacy Interests
: Sexual education, LGBTQ2S+ youth and family counseling 

Anna Crosswhite

Mental Health Counseling
Master's Student
Oklahoma State University

Advocacy Interests
: Increasing equity for the LGBTQ+ community, and providing educational resources for those within, and in support of, this community, sex positivity, non-monogamous relationship structures, and advocating for sex workers

Laina Nelson

Counseling PsychologyPhd Student
Oklahoma State University

Advocacy Interests
: LGBTQ+ equality, inclusion, and allyship in sport; support LGBTQ+ movements and inclusive efforts within and outside of sport; educate athletic communities on how to prioritize, organize, and create inclusive communities within sport culture for LGBTQ+ athletes

Jay De La Garza

Counseling Psychology
PhD Student
Oklahoma State University

Advocacy Interests
: Diversity education for teachers and professionals, specifically related to gender diversity (and other LGBT+ topics), neurodivergence, and disability.

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