APAGS CSOGD Committee Spotlight: Aidan Kraus

APAGS CSOGD Committee Spotlight: Aidan Kraus

What is your name and pronouns?

Aidan D. Kraus, (they/them/theirs)

What is your program and year?

2nd year Ph.D. Student

Counseling Psychology, Specialization in Sport & Performance Psychology

Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development

What brought you to CSOGD?

It was recommended that I apply to join APAGS from a former CSOGD member after vocalizing how I was looking to build my LGBTQIA+ community within academic settings. Working with CSOGD over the past two years has been an incredible experience as we continue to support one another in producing meaningful and affirming work and resources for the LGBTQIA+ community within APA and beyond. I feel so humbled to be a part of such a caring and encouraging group of LGBTQIA+ graduate students and allies.

What LGBTQ+ advocacy projects are you involved in?

In addition to being a subcommittee member for the APAGS CSOGD, I am a Student Representative for the APA Division 17 Section for the Advocacy of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (SASOGD), a Co-Chair of the Pride (LGBTQ+) Special Interest Group through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member through Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. I am also working on projects focused on transgender inclusion policies for sports participation at the K-12 levels.

What are your research interests and experiences?

My research focuses on the wellbeing, mental health, and sense of belonging of transgender and non-binary youth and athletes from across the United States as part of a pilot longitudinal project. Additionally, my research also includes developing and analyzing trauma-informed coaching practices for sport coaches at the K-12, high school, collegiate, and elite levels.

What are your clinical interests?

I am interested in providing clinical and performance enhancement support to athletes at the collegiate and professional levels. In addition to working within an athletic department or for individual teams, I plan to open a private practice focused on providing affirming clinical and performance enhancement services to athletes who identify as LGBTQIA+ at all levels of play.

What other interests do you have?

I enjoy playing and watching sports, live music, photography, and spending time exploring new places with friends and family.

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