Leesh Menard

Leesh Menard (they/them) is a joint MSW/PhD student on the policy track at the School of Social Work. Leesh received their B.A. from Vassar College in Psychology and Sociology. Leesh is interested in discrimination, health and mental health disparities, and health and mental health care access for those who are transgender, non-binary and gender expansive. Leesh hopes to add to the paucity of literature on the current state, realities, and needs of this population, as well as examine within-group differences, especially between binary trans and non-binary trans individuals. Looking forward, Leesh aims to inform the decisions of policymakers and institutional stakeholders to eliminate disparities and increase access to care and resources, such as gender-affirming care, for transgender, non-binary and gender expansive people.

Research Interests

Health inequities
LGBT discrimination
Policy (policies)
Social determinants
Social policy
Social stratification

Data Sets

American Community Survey (ACS)
Other: Census Household Pulse Survey