Requests for Research Assistance


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The Trans Project


If you identify as transgendered, you have a sibling who does not identify as transgendered, and you and your sibling are 18 or over, you can help bring the voices and experiences of trans people into psychology.


My name is Rhonda Factor/RJ and I am a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Vermont.  My doctoral dissertation is designed to illustrate the various ways we experience and express our gender identities.  While as a group, there are many differences among us; we also share the experience of not identifying fully with the sex/gender to which we were assigned at birth.  Our experiences are also similar to and different from individuals who do identify fully with the sex/gender to which they were assigned at birth.  This project is also designed to explore these similarities and differences by comparing your experiences with those of your “conventionally gendered” siblings.  The surveys administered to your siblings will simply be entitled “The Family Project” and will not focus on gender identity.  In fact, that survey only asks about sex in the conventional way.  Therefore, individuals will not be “outed” by sending a survey to their siblings.  It is my hope that this project will contribute to a culture that understands, supports, and celebrates the varieties of our gender experiences.


Trans research should be community-based because of our specific sensitivities, understanding, experience, and consciousness. – Leslie Feinberg


This project was designed in collaboration with trans communities and trans researchers.  Questions in areas of research important to trans people were developed through attendance at trans conferences, exploration of trans listservs, and consultation with trans individuals, mental health providers, and researchers.  Interviews were conducted and questions based on the responses were incorporated into the questionnaire.  Drafts of the questionnaire were shown to consultants and feedback was incorporated.


To participate:

Please email me the following information so I can mail the surveys to you and your sibling.  If you would rather have your sibling’s survey sent to you and then forward it yourself, let me know.  In that case, I’d send you both surveys and would only need your sibling's first name.


I. Your Name

   Your Address

   Your Email

   (Name your sibling knows you by if different from “your name” above)


II. Your Sibling’s Name (If more than one, the one most likely to respond.  If more than one likely to respond, the one closest in age.)

    Your Sibling’s Address

    Your Sibling’s Email


III. (If there is another sibling I can contact if the first one does not respond.)

      Other Sibling’s Name

      Other Sibling’s Address

      Other Sibling’s Email


Thanks again for helping to create a more trans-affirming culture.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any more questions.





Rhonda J. Factor/RJ




The Trans Project

Rhonda J. Factor

Psychology Department

University of Vermont

John Dewey Hall

2 Colchester Avenue

Burlington, VT  05405-0134

Research project looking at TGS and their siblings.  Surveys will be 
sent to siblings of TGS.  They will not be outed.  It will be called "the
Family Project"  Contact researcher at above email


2.My name is Sam E. Bales, and I am currently involved in a research project
investigating transsexuals’ experiences in psychotherapy. This study is
performed as partial fulfillment of the requirements for my Psy.D. degree in
clinical psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California.

The purpose of this study is to ask about transsexuals experiences in
psychotherapy. Those who self-identify as a transsexual and are living in
their preferred gender 24 hours a day and 7 days a week (24/7), with or without
t hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery can participate.

Participants will be asked to fill out a brief background questionnaire and
four questions asking about their experiences in psychotherapy that will take
approximately 10-15 minutes. The survey is done via email, or preferred my
regular mail.

If you or someone who you know is willing to participate please distribute my
posted flyer below or contact information.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thank you.

Sam E. Bales


- If you self-identify as a Transsexual person, you are invited to partake in
a study that wants to hear about your experiences in psychotherapy.

- The majority of the research done on Transsexuals is from the perspective
of researchers or clinicians. Now it’s time to hear from the people

-This study entails a very brief survey that takes approximately 10-15
minutes. If you or someone else you know, who self-identifies as a
Transsexual person is interested in participating in this study or want more
information, please contact me either by phone or email.

- My contact information is as follows:
Phone Number: (925) 457-8618

Thank you for your time and your help.

Your voice does matter.

Sam E. Bales
Graduate Student
John F. Kennedy University
Orinda, California

Thank you for your assistance.

Sam E. Bales
John F. Kennedy University
Orinda, California
Ph. (925) 457-8618, E-mail: