Dr. David Jenkins

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Scholarly discussions of issues facing couples, parents, grandparents, and blended families must include the experiences of sexual minorities.

Dr. Jenkins’ research is broadly focused on understanding the lived experiences of individuals and family forms that suffer from marginalization or lack detail in academic and professional literature. Most frequently, his research exams the lives of sexual minorities as individuals, couples, parents, and grandparents and the issues that impact them. Historically, since sexual orientation is often not included in census data, Dr. Jenkins has interviewed marginalized individuals and couples across the United States to better understand their experiences to compare and contrast with those most frequently included in scholarly publications.

Dr. Jenkins also has a scholarly interest in the interventions offered to these individuals and families. He hopes his research shapes evidence-based policies and services designed to reach these individuals and their loved ones.