Researcher Database

Name Location

Lara Descartes

ldescart@uwo.ca
St. James 124, 1285 Western Road
London, Ontario
519-432-8353 x2
Brescia University College
Professor of Family Studies
Department: Family Studies

Languages:

  • English

Communities:

  • Bisexual/pansexual/omnisexual men
  • Gay men
  • Lesbians
  • Trans men

Expertise:

  • Focus groups
  • Interviews
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Research design
  • Surveys

Topic:

  • Ageing
  • Gay Men’s Health
  • Lesbian health
  • LGBTQ Parenting
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health

Available to Mentor:

  • Community-based researchers
  • Doctoral students
  • Masters students
  • New researchers

Current Interest in LGBTQ Research

I was a member of a research group that studied gay and bisexual men’s awareness of prostate health issues, including prostate cancer risk factors and treatment options. This work was sited in the United States. More recently, I helped conduct a study of single and coupled lesbian mother’s support networks.

Experience with LGBTQ Research

I was a member of a research group that studied gay and bisexual men’s awareness of prostate health issues, including prostate cancer risk factors and treatment options. This work was sited in the United States. More recently, I helped conduct a study of single and coupled lesbian mother’s support networks.

Key Publications

Descartes, L., Asencio, M., Blank, T. O., & Crawford, A. (2013). Gay men’s knowledge of prostate cancer. In G. Perlman (Ed.), What every gay man needs to know about prostate cancer (pp. 17-38). New York: Magnus/Riverdale Avenue Books. 

Blank, T., Asencio, M., & Descartes, L. (2012). Issues in the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in couple and family therapy. In J. Bigner & J. Wetchler (Eds.), The Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy (pp. 299-312). New York: Routledge.

Blank, T., Asencio, M., Descartes, L., and Griggs, J. (2010). Aging, health, and GLBTQ family and community life. Republished in C. A. Fruhauf & D. Mahoney (Eds.), Older GLBT family and community life: Contemporary experiences, realities and future directions (pp. 6-31). London: Routledge.