Ashley Austin, PhD is currently a Full Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami. FL. Her research and practice interests revolve around reducing disparities in health and treatment for LGBTQ youth and young adults. Her areas of research and professional practice include promoting resilience and well-being among sexual and gender minority youth, transgender affirmative practice, education, and research, and adaptations of empirically supported interventions for marginalized populations. Her recent research and scholarship collaborations focus on addressing notable gaps in the treatment literature through the adaptation of evidence informed cognitive behavioral interventions to meet the unique needs of diverse LGBQT youth and young adults. Dr. Austin was the Primary Investigator for various research projects aimed at giving voice to the diverse needs and experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as a Co-investigator on intervention research studies conducted with LGBTQ youth in Toronto, CA. Dr. Austin has authored multiple publications and presentations aimed at advancing the delivery of transgender affirmative social work education and clinical practice.