Current Research Projects

Meta-Analysis of Queer-Spectrum and Trans-Spectrum Student Experience in Higher Education
The Tyler Clementi Center has convened a research partnership with the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, the SERU-AAU Consortium, and the American College Health Association to conduct the first-ever meta-analysis of queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum student responses on their 2016 datasets- representing the responses of 79,491 queer-spectrum students and 9,369 trans-spectrum students at over 1000 institutions across the United States. 

Pre-College Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer High School Students
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth are at increased risk of harm related to mental health, physical health, academic disengagement and risk of violence (bullying, harassment, physical assault, sexual violence).  In fact, LGB youth are four times more likely than heterosexual peers to attempt suicide at least once. (CDC YRBS, 2015) The TCC conducts an annual survey with LGBTQ  students attending NJ high schools (9-12 grades), inquiring about school climate, home and neighborhood environment, support networks, risk behaviors, and academic success/aspirations.  This data is disseminated to NJ non-profit organizations and school districts, with the goal of informing policy and effective interventions that empower LGBTQ youth.

Transitioning to College, an Exploration of the First Year Experience
Principal Investigators: Dr. Susan Furrer, Executive Director of the Center for Applied Psychology, a division of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology & Dr. Francesca Maresca, Director of Health Outreach, Promotion and Education (H.O.P.E.) for Rutgers Health Services
A number of student surveys have indicated that the college experience is intense and for some students, beyond challenging. Surveying large numbers of students yields useful aggregate data, but smaller focus group data yields more detailed qualitative information that can be used to inform both interventions as well as potential directions for further exploration. This study is intended to examine the transition experience for seven different groups of students: international, transfer students, LGBT students, first gen, veterans and first-year students engaging in the traditional New Student Orientation experience.

Understanding Cyber-Bullying
Principal Investigator: Dr. Vivek Singh, Assistant Professor, School of Communication and Information
Cyberbullying is an important social challenge that affects many teenagers. According to a recent National Crime Prevention Council report, more than 40% of teenagers in the US have reported being cyberbullied. Thus understanding, and being able to react to, cyberbullying is an important social priority. A major recent change in cyberbullying has been the advent of mobile apps with newer features e.g. location based apps (YikYak), image-based messaging apps (Instagram), and time-limited messaging apps (e.g. SnapChat), and), that are changing the shape of cyberbullying. This research seeks to understand the role of such features, if any, in the way cyberbullying occurs in schools today. A better understanding of these factors will be a step toward eradication of cyberbullying in the near future.