Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

William Buhrow, Jr., PsyD, Chair

Second Advisor

Mary Peterson, PhD

Third Advisor

Chloe Ackennan, PsyD


There are a variety of factors associated with the frequency of risky sexual behaviors. Whereas spirituality is a protective factor for certain populations, depression is correlated with higher rates of sexual risk behaviors. Until now, the relationship between access to healthcare and these risky sexual behaviors has not been studied. This study sought to determine the impact of spirituality, depression, and access to healthcare with risky sexual behaviors for individuals who identify as transgender/gender non-conforming (TGNC). Data was collected from TGNC adults over the age of 18 using an online survey method. This study did not find significant relationships involving depression and spirituality on risky sexual behaviors. However, there was evidence that TGNC individuals who have a primary care provider and were able to access them within the past year engaged in fewer risky sexual behaviors.

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