MS/PhD student, Department of Human Development and Family Science, Virginia Tech
Mari Tarantino (she/her) is currently a PhD student at Virginia Tech studying Human Development and Family Science. Her research primarily focuses on LGBTQ+ individuals in partnerships and family contexts. Prior to starting her graduate career, Mari earned her BS in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of New Hampshire and minored in Queer Studies and Interdisciplinary Health Education. Her Master’s thesis titled “Queering LGB+ Women’s Sexual Risk Prevention Scripts” addressed how heteronormativity influenced LGB+ women’s sexual partnerships and STI/pregnancy prevention efforts.