Gio Iacono, PhD, RSW is the Clinical Evaluation Specialist for the AFFIRM project. He is also a Course Instructor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Gio also teaches at Ryerson University. His research and scholarly interests include: LGBTQ youth mental health, resilience, social work education and mindfulness-based treatment approaches. Gio has worked as a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, educator, and researcher in a variety of health and community-based settings. His community development work has been focused on promoting the mental health of diverse and marginalized communities. Gio has been a Royal Bank of Canada Graduate Fellow in Applied Social Work Research, and has held the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2015, 2017, 2019).