Jeffrey M. Poirier
Jeffrey M. Poirier is a principal researcher at AIR, where since 2000 he has studied and written about equity-related education and social issues, conducted research including evaluation of policy and program implementation, and provided technical assistance. He collaborates with colleagues and external partners to expand AIR’s focus on promoting the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children and youth and those questioning (Q) their sexual orientation or gender identity. This includes building the capacity of behavioral health, child welfare, education, health care, juvenile justice, and runaway and homeless youth systems to improve outcomes for LGBTQ youth and their families. His dissertation examined conditions for learning for LGBT high school students, conducting a case study of a gay-straight alliance.
Dr. Poirier leads AIR’s LGBTQ practice area and is an expert in LGBTQ youth issues. Among his roles, for more than six years Dr. Poirier was a member of the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health, for which he led the LGBTQ, Intersex, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQI2-S) Learning Community and provided related technical assistance and learning opportunities to communities. Currently, he is leading AIR’s work on a project to prevent LGBTQ youth homelessness. Through his ongoing work, Dr. Poirier conducts needs assessments and analyzes data; develops webinars and trainings including a web-based course; builds the capacity of youth- and family-serving systems to deliver more culturally and linguistically competent care, collaborates with partners and communities; and develops and delivers trainings and presentations at conferences and in communities around the country. He has served as coordinator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Workgroup to Address the Needs of Children and Youth Who Are LGBTQI2-S and Their Families since its inception in 2008. He is co-editor of a 2012 book, Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals, written to provide professionals in youth-serving systems with research-based information and strategies to effectively meet the needs of LGBT youth through appropriate care. In addition to serving as book co-editor, he co-authored four chapters and wrote a chapter focused on how schools can improve the experiences and outcomes of LGBT students. He is also lead author of a short guide to affirm LGBTQI2-S children and youth.
Dr. Poirier has extensive experience directing and contributing to mixed methods research and is highly skilled in qualitative research methods. He has managed projects for various clients including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Syracuse City School District; the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization; and the U.S. Departments of Education; Health and Human Services; and Housing and Urban Development. He has also delivered more than 100 professional presentations at national and international conferences. Additionally, he is co-founder and current co-chair of AIR Pride, AIR’s employee resource group for LGBT staff and allies.