About QueerViBE!


QueerViBE is the collaborative project of a team of researchers based at Anglia Ruskin University and University of Greenwich.  The development of the project was made possible by a PhD scholarship from Anglia Ruskin University and the development of the website was made possible by a grant awarded by the University of Greenwich. The initial development and evaluation of QueerViBE was the basis of a PhD thesis titled “Developing and Evaluating QueerViBE: An online intervention to empower trans and non-binary youth” by Dr Sam Martin.


Meet the team!

Dr Sam Martin (they/them)

Dr Sam Martin completed their PhD in 2019 at Anglia Ruskin University and is currently extending their research supported by funding from International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience (INQYR).

They are currently based at the Univeristy of Oxford researching the healthcare experiences of trans and gender diverse youth and their families and developing online supportive resources.

Previously they worked 7 years with the police supporting victims and witnesses of crime. Gained a masters in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Leicester.  They have volunteered for LGBT+ charities for over 10 years and presented their research at national and international conferences.


Dr Daragh McDermott (he/him)

Dr Daragh McDermott is Head of the School of Psychology and Sport Science at Anglia Ruskin University.  He completed a BA (Hons) Psychology and PhD in Experimental Social Psychology at NUI Galway (Ireland). Dr McDermott is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and in 2017 received an ‘Emerging Scholar’ award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

In collaboration with Prof. Todd Morrison (University of Saskatchewan), Dr McDermott is Co-Editor in Chief of the Taylor and Francis journal, Psychology & Sexuality. He is Past Chair of the BPS East of England Branch and is the Chair of Trustees for The Kite Trust, a regional charity in the East of England that provides support for sexual and gender minority young people.

Dr Russell Luyt (he/him)

Dr Russell Luyt is Head of the School of Human Sciences at the University of Greenwich.  He obtained his MA in Research Psychology from the University of Cape Town and PhD in Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr Luyt has worked for a number of higher education institutions both nationally and abroad.  Dr Luyt is Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS), Chartered Psychologist (CPychol) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).  His research interests relate generally to the social psychology of gender and sexualities, and specifically to identity, self and attitudes; aggression and conflict; media; mixed method research; research philosophy; and qualitative methodology.



Follow: @sfmartin

I identify as genderfluid (pronouns – they/them).

The intervention is funded by International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience 2018 (INQYR) and a Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

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