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UW researcher awarded MacArthur grant for transgender youth study

Krisitina Olson’s TransYouth project already has some initial findings: children supported and living as their preferred gender have the same gender development as their cis-peers, do not display higher levels of depression and only slightly higher levels of anxiety than a control group of peers. (Seattle Times)
Krisitina Olson’s TransYouth project already has some initial findings: children supported and living as their preferred gender have the same gender development as their cis-peers, do not display higher levels of depression and only slightly higher levels of anxiety than a control group of peers. (Seattle Times)
By Hannah Rodriguez Seattle Times

A University of Washington researcher has been named a winner of this year’s John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships.

Kristina Olson, 37, was one of 25 fellows selected by the foundation, which made the announcement in a statement Thursday. Each of the fellows will receive a $625,000 “no-strings-attached” grant “to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society,” the statement said.

Olson is a research psychologist that started a study in 2013 of transgender youth who were supported by their parents or guardians to live their preferred gender.

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