Researching for LGBTQ Health

The Peers Examining Experiences in Research (PEERS) Study

Peer researchers are individuals who are hired to work on research projects because of their lived experiences with the topic being studied. Involving peer researchers is often recommended for community-based and participatory research approaches, in order to contribute to more meaningful inclusion of communities in research. However, little research has examined how peer researchers experience their involvement in these research projects, in order to determine whether or how meaningful inclusion is happening.

Peers Examining Experiences in Research Study (PEERS) is a qualitative, participatory project to address this question. In partnership with people who have worked as peer researchers, we will examine how peers experience their involvement in research with four different communities: consumer/survivor/mad communities; communities of people who use drugs; lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) communities, and racialized communities. We will use our findings to make recommendations for participatory research in general, as well as research with these four communities specifically, to maximize the meaningful inclusion of peer researchers.

The PEERS study is hiring part-time (1 day/week) peer researchers to work on this project!

Team Members:

  • Lori Ross Principal Investigator (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto)
  • Adrian Guta, Co-Investigator (School of Social Work, University of Windsor)
  • Kinnon MacKinnon, Co-Investigator (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto)
  • Kendra-Ann Pitt, Project Coordinator (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto)
  • Yogendra Shakya, Co-Investigator (Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
  • Carol Strike, Co-Investigator (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto)
  • Jijian Voronka, Co-Investigator (School of Social Work, University of Windsor)
  • Charmaine Williams, Co-Investigator (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto)

Main Contact:

Kendra-Ann Pitt (peers.dlsph@utoronto.ca)

Funding:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grants Program

Project Outcomes:

Read our Principles of Collaboration.