Querna's research focuses on gendered socialization and health impacts. Overarching themes in Querna's writing include gender norms, masculinity, adolescent and young adult development, mental health, aggression, and well-being. Querna's work also includes using contemplative pedagogical practices in higher education spaces to promote greater compassion and justice across all levels of the social ecology (interpersonal-policy). Querna currently serves on the City of Minneapolis' Transgender Equity Council and regularly consults with community health centers and service providers around sexual/reproductive health and violence prevention, queer/trans health care, adolescent development, and the ways in which institutionalized sexism and racism operate in clinical interactions with the aim of growing self-aware, equity-oriented health care providers. Querna is also a clinical social worker with professional experience working in HIV/AIDS. She is also an adaptive yoga teacher, primarily sharing her practice with people with intellectual disabilities.
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Uses innovative arts-based, somatic, and narrative methodologies to explore identity, sexuality, and gender in bisexual emerging adult men and trans masculine individuals. Serves as both a methodological model as well as a springboard for better understanding this under-researched and fast growing population (bisexual young adults).
Discusses how younger men wish to avoid pregnancy and also seem unwillingly to consistently use condoms or have conversations with female partners about pregnancy prevention. Uses a diverse, national sample to assess emerging adult mens' intention to use and talk about birth control with female sex partners.
Cautions against using "resilience" (or lack there-of), as another way to pathologize individuals and communities by focusing on micro-level (individual) resilience at the cost of ignoring more pervasive, ubiquitous structural inequities such as racism and sexism.
Adds to an emerging literature exploring the relationship between intimate partner violence and sexual risk in emerging adult men.