Russ Toomey, Associate Professor of Family Studies and Human Development, was born in Belpre, Ohio. He received his B.S. in Child and Family Studies from Ohio University, a M.A. in Family Studies from Kent State University, and his Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. Russ’s research examines the processes by which youth with marginalized identities thrive and are resilient despite the barriers and challenges they encounter in society (for example, discrimination). His focus is on youth who identify or express non-privileged sexual orientation, gender identities and expressions, and ethnicities, and the intersections among these identities. His research identifies ways to support identity formation, school and family resources, and coping mechanisms that contribute to health, well-being, and educational outcomes. At the UA, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on human sexuality, adolescent development, and advanced graduate-level applied statistics. The favorite part of his job, however, is mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. In his free time (he’s a big proponent in work/life balance), he loves hanging out with his two kids and mini dachshund, hiking, and listening to or making music. I’m teaching FSHD 450: Human Sexuality and Relations this Fall (2018).