Under the umbrella of the the Rainbow Project, we have a line of research on stigma and discrimination.  This research focuses on  LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) populations and has expanded to include mental health impacts of discrmination more broadly, including the provision of clinical services to individuals who report discrimination in employment, housing, etc. Our recent work includes Trans Collaborations, a community-based partnership between transgender and gender non-conforming people and academic researchers to improve health care services for TGNC people living in underserved areas. 


Starting with the 54th Nebraska Symposium on Motivation entitled Contemporary Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Individuals, we have conducted several studies with the LGBTQ community.  The largest study examines the whether social anxiety and worry increase due to sexual prejudice, thus inflating scores on measures of these constructs.  Other studies are exploring the nature of sexual identity including same-sex sexuality among individuals self-identified as heterosexual, gender and self-perceptions of sexual identity, campus environment for LGBTQ students and understanding and measuring outness.

Representative Publications

Hope, D. A. (2009).  Contemporary Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identities:  The 54th Nebraska Symposium on Motivation.  Springer+Business Media:  New York.

Hope, D. A., Mocarski, R., Bautista, C. L., & Holt, N. R. (2016). Culturally competent evidence-based behavioral health services for the transgender community: Progress and challenges. American Journal Of Orthopsychiatry, 86(4), 361-365. doi:10.1037/ort0000197

Shulman, G. P., Holt, N. R., Hope, D. A., Mocarski, R., Eyer, J., & Woodruff, N. (2017). A review of contemporary assessment tools for use with transgender and gender nonconforming adults. Psychology Of Sexual Orientation And Gender Diversity4(3), 304-313. doi:10.1037/sgd0000233

Weiss, B. J., Hope, D. A. & Capozzoli, M. C. (2013) Heterocentric language in commonly used measures of social anxiety:  Recommended alternate wording.  Behavior Therapy. 44, 1-11.

Tetreault, P. A., Fette, R., Meidlinger, P. C., & Hope, D. (2013). Perceptions of Campus Climate by Sexual Minorities. Journal Of Homosexuality, 60(7), 947-964. doi:10.1080/00918369.2013.774874 

Weiss, B. J., & Hope, D. A. (2011). A preliminary investigation of worry content in sexual minorities.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 244-250.  doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2010.09.009



Our research on the nature and treatment of anxiety focuses primarily on social anxiety disorder.  However, occasionally graduate students have projects on other anxiety disoders.  We do both psychopathology and treatment research, as can be seen by the representative publications below.  

Representative Publications:

Stoyanova, M. & Hope, D. A. (2012).  Gender, gender roles, and anxiety: Perceived confirmability of self report, behavioral avoidance, and physiological reactivity.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 206-214. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.11.006 

Weiss, B. J., Singh, J. S., & Hope, D. A. (2011). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for immigrants presenting with social anxiety disorders: Two case studies. Clinical Case Studies 10, 324–342. doi: 10.1177/1534650111420706

Hope, D. A., Burns, J., Hayes, S. A., Herbert, J. & Warner, M. D. (2010).  Automatic thoughts and cognitive restructuring in cognitive-behavioral group therapy for social anxiety disorder.  Cognitive Therapy and Research 34, 1-12.

Hayes, S. A., Hope, D. A., & Heimberg, R. G. (2008). Patterns of subjective anxiety during in session exposures for clients with social anxiety disorder. Behavior Therapy, 39, 286-299.

Ledley, D. R., Heimberg, R. G., Hope, D. A., Hayes, S. A., Zaider, T. I., Van Dyke, M., Turk, C. L., Kraus, C. A., & Fresco, D. M. (2009). Efficacy of a manualized and workbook-driven individual treatment for social anxiety disorder. Behavior Therapy, 40, 414-424.