Doctoral Candidate, Social Welfare
Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Center at CUNY
M.S.W., Hunter College
B.A., Psychology/Anthropology, Antioch College
Gus is a doctoral student in Social Welfare at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. He has been a social worker for 20 years working with diverse communities in a variety of settings, including young injection drug users, LGBT youth and young adults, and individuals living with mental health and substance use issues. In addition to his work at HART he is an adjunct lecturer at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
The overarching goal of Gus'work is to conduct community-based participatory research that seeks to address the negative-health outcomes associated with stigma and discrimination at the individual, community, and structural levels. More specifically, Gus' research seeks to address the following questions: 1) How does transgender-related stigma and discrimination impact the social, emotional, and physical well-being of transgender individuals; 2) What potential protective factors may mitigate the negative health impact of transgender-related discrimination; 3) What are the facilitators and barriers to providing transgender specific/sensitive care, and 4) How can we designinterventions to promote positive health outcomes that are tailored to meet the needs of the transgender community.
Currently Gus is working on two projects at HART project 1) examining facilitators and barriers to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) access, adoption, and adherence among transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and 2) sexual health and primary care needs of transmasculine individuals.
Link to research gate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gus_Klein