The FDRSI is a multidisciplinary initiative uniting research and mental health professionals interested in the development and well-being of LGBTI individuals and families and the social and legal policies that affect the LGBTI community. Despite the clear need for methodologically rigorous research on this topic to inform clinicians, counselors, advocates, jurists, and policy makers, there are a limited number of both basic research and intervention studies that pass the stringent criteria of scientific peer review. The FDRSI is strategically designed by researchers and clinicians from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University to conduct empirical research and provide support services for LGBTI individuals and families in North Carolina. The FDRSI has established partnerships with other academic institutions, as well as multiple local, state, and national community and advocacy organizations, in order to better integrate research and service activities with the needs and interests of the LGBTI community.

Current activities:
Lesbian and Gay Parenting Services and Support Initiative
PIs: Roger Mills-Koonce (UNC-CH) & Nicole Heilbron (Duke University)

Stress and Well-Being among LGBTI Young Adults
PIs: Roger Mills-Koonce (UNC-CH) & Nicole Heilbron (Duke University)