Frances McClelland Institute
Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences
McClelland Park 210
Gu is a second-year doctoral student mentored by Dr. Stephen Russell. Gu is interested in studying the origin of sexual orientation from the gender inversion perspective. Specifically, Gu's work is focused on explaining the relationship between childhood sex-typed behavior and adolsecent and adulthood sexual orientation under the biopsychosocial framework.Gu is also interested in the broader impact of gender nonconformity on mental health among sexual minority as well as heterosexual population. Currently, Gu draws from nationally representative data in the United States (e.g., the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health) to investigate the role of gender-related traits and daily activities in accounting for desparities in depression symptoms between sexual minorities and their heterosexual counterparts.At the Frances McClelland Institute of Children, Youth, and Families, Gu is a research assistant working on the NIMH project Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide among Sexual Minority Youth. He was previously on the NIAAA project Adolescent Precursors to Financial Stress and Alcohol Problems in Emerging Adulthood.