The QCARES research team was founded in 2016 by Jay Bettergarcia, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Department of Psychology & Child Development.

QCARES used community-based-participatory-action-research (CBPAR) and mixed-method research designs to study LGBTQ+ mental health and wellness, including affirming approaches to mental health care for transgender and non-binary people and evidence-based approaches to teaching and training about diversity.