Dr. Paceley earned her Ph.D. and MSW from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research addresses the need to better understand the impact of non-urban communities on the well-being of gender and sexual minority (GSM) youth; as well as the development, sustainability, and evaluation of gender and sexual minority community organizations. Her goal is that this research will contribute toward creating inclusive communities, decreasing marginalization, and reducing negative outcomes among GSM youth. Her dissertation utilized positive youth development theory to examine the types of social support and community resources needed, available, and utilized by non-urban GSM youth in Illinois. Her long-term research goal is to strengthen the national network of community-based resources by creating and assessing the effectiveness of community-level interventions on the well-being of non-urban gender and sexual minority youth. Her teaching interests include diversity and social justice and macro/community practice.