Contribute to transgender people's well-being
Research on and with transgender people is important! While more and more people are outing themselves as trans, many still face ignorance in our society. The stigma LGBTI+ people often face today, sometimes contribute to low self-esteem and elevated depression and suicide rates in this population. Maastricht University wants to target this ignorance through solid scientific research on transgender people throughout their transition.
Neuroimaging research on self-perception
Neuroscientist Mathilde Kennis feels great affinity for the transgender community. She is dedicated to explore the associations between the brain, self-concept, and (sexual) well-being of transgender participants. Insights into the neurobiology of transgender people can contribute to our understanding of why they feel the way they feel. To get a clear image of how the brain evolves during a transition, Mathilde’s team will make use of a state of the art MRI scanner. The current means to execute this research are not sufficient. With €3.500, Mathilde will be able to perform this important line of research.
The outcomes of the studies can be of value for the development of improved (psychological) guidance of transgender people, with a goal to improve their health and happiness. The insights gained can contribute to our general understanding about this group of people, hereby making another important step to bring tolerance and discrimination to an end.
“Even in today’s society, transgender people are often discriminated and often not always taken seriously. I want my research to do exactly the opposite: to see them and to validate them.” – Mathilde Kennis
Mathilde Kennis, PhD student at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, will be supervised during this research by Prof. Dr. Alexander Sack and Dr. Felix Duecker, practiced neuroscientists, and Dr. Marieke Dewitte, an expert on sexuality and self-concept. Prof. Dr. Guy T’Sjoen of Ghent University, one of the most renowned scientists within the field of transgender research, will also supervise her.
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