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LGBT Health Series and Working Group on Gender


The Program for the Study of LGBT Health hosts a series to provide a forum for discussion of LGBT-related research and clinical issues on various topics relevant to the health, mental health, and wellbeing of LGBT individuals, families, and communities.


The LGBT Health Series, held about twice montly, includes both clinical and research topics. On clinical subjects, health professionals present vignettes from their active practice with LGBT patients, discuss the challenges they encounter, and the implications for future care and research. (The identities of specific clients remain strictly confidential And some identifying details are omitted or changed as part of the presentation.) On research topics, investigators present their research projects in LGBT health, discuss the methodological challenges encountered, and review study findings.


Unless otherwise noted, events are open to the public and take place at the New York State Psychiatic Institute (NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, NYC), Room 4002, from 1:30-3:30pm.



2016 meetings:


           January 5: Robert-Paul Juster, Ph.D.

           "Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Relation to 

            Biopsychosocial Stress"


           January 19: Philip Jai Johnson, Ph.D.
            "Under the Skin, and Under the Covers: Body Image during Sex

             among Transgender Individuals"


            February 2: Brian Harris, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT
            "Music Psychotherapy with LGBT Clients: Exploring Gender and
             Sexual Orientation Through Creative Psychotherapeutic


            February 16: John Pachankis, Ph.D.

            "Towards Evidence-based LGB-affirmative Mental Health Practice"


            March 1: Jennifer Russell, Ph.D.

            "Conceptualization and Management of Self-Injurious Behavior
             among LGBT Individuals"

            March 15: Jeremy Kidd, M.D., M.P.H.

            "Uncharted Territory: Gender Dysphoria in a Patient with
             Co-Morbid Psychotic Disorder and Intellectual Disability"


            April 5: Monica Concors, LMSW

            "Addressing Sexuality Concerns in a Patient with First 

             Episode Psychosis: A Case Presentation"


            April 19: Michael J. Feldman, M.D.

            "What Can Psychoanalysis Offer Transyouth and What Can

             Transyouth Offer Psychoanalysis"


            May 3: Margaret Rosario, Ph.D.

            "A 'New Look' at LGB Research: Beyond Just Minority Stress for

             Health and Adaptation"


            May 17: Melanie E. Brewster, Ph.D

            "(Non)Belief and Sexuality: Implications for Minority Stress and




2015 meetings:


January 20: Jama Shelton, Ph.D.

"Finding a Gender Home: Gender Identity Assertion and Housing Status Among Unstably Housed Transgender Youth"


February 3: Andrew Solomon, Ph.D.

"Beyond Motherhood and Fatherhood: Toward an Encompassing View of Family Structure"


February 17: Theo Sandfort, Ph.D.

"Quantitative Findings about Sexual and Gender Orientation in South African MSM"


March 3: Ron Eichler, Ph.D.
"Treatment with a Latino HIV+ Gay Male: The Ins and Outs":


March 17: Anita Radix, M.D.

"Using Electronic Health Records for Transgender Health Research – Challenges and Opportunities"


April 7:  Richard R. Pleak, M.D.
"Why Can’t She Just be a Lesbian?” Two Cases of Parents’ Responses to Their Young Transgender Teens"


April 21: Arnold Grossman, Ph.D.

"Trans* Youth and Suicidal Behaviors: Gender Identification Matters"


May 12: Ronald Hellman, M.D.

"Fragility and Resilience in a Transwoman at Risk for Self Injury and Suicide"


May 19: David Frost, Ph.D.

"Stigma and Health among Same-sex Couples"


June 2: Aron Janssen, M.D.

"When Gender and Psychiatric Acuity Overlaps: Addressing Complex Issues for Gender Dysphoric Youth"

September 15: Sigrid Gabler, AGPCNP-BC, Ph.D.
"Aging, Chronic Disease, and Mental Health: A Case Study from the Elder LGBT Interprofessional Collaborative Care (e-linc) Project"


October 6, 2015: William Byne, M.D., Ph.D.
"Evaluation of Readiness for Sex Reassignment Surgery in a Patient with Multiple Psychiatric and Medical Morbidities"


October 20, 2015: Abraham Buunk, Ph.D.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: "The Eternal Rival: Jealousy among Heterosexuals, Lesbians, Gay Men, and Transgender Persons"


November 3: Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

"'Outside the Box' Clients: A Lesbian-Identified Woman in Dominant/Submissive Relationships with Men"


November 10: Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D.
"Shifting Social Climates and the Health of Sexual and Gender Minorities in the United States: New Concepts and New Methods for the Study of LGBT Populations"


December 1: Margaret Nichols, Ph.D.
"Polyamory as a Clinical Intervention: Affirming and Appreciating Nonmonogamies"


December 15: Aaron A. Malark, Psy.D.
"Looking to Belong: Religion, Abuse, and Sexuality in Psychodynamic Treatment"





The Working Group on Gender (WGG), which meets about every other month, represents an interdisciplinary network of service providers and researchers from the New York Metropolitan Area, whose work focuses on children, adolescents, and/or adults with gender dysphoria or somatic intersexuality. Presentation topics have included "Update on Proposed Gender Diagnoses of the ICD-11", "Transforming Transgender Health Care in Mainstream Medical Institutions", "Conducting Transgender Health Research in Clinic Settings", "Transcare in the VA System", and "Gender Dysphoria and Autism Spectrum." Meeting


Unless otherwise noted, events are open to the public and take place at the New York State Psychiatic Institute (NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, NYC), Room 6601, from 9:30-11:30am.


           2016 Meetings:


          January 15: Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg, Dr. rer. nat.

          The 10-Year Update of the International Consensus Conference on Intersex of 

          2005: A Preview of the Forthcoming Reports of the International Work Group


          March 18, 2016: Aron Janssen, M.D.

          "Gender Variance Among Youth with Autism: A Retrospective Chart Review  

          and Case Presentation" (Note  room change: Room 6602)


2015 Meetings:


January 23: Heino F. L.Meyer-Bahlburg, Dr. rer. nat.
" Intersex Stigma by Family, Peers, and Self from Childhood through Adulthood - A Qualitative Study"


March 13, 2015: Jun Matsuyoshi, L.C.S.W.
" APICHA Community Health Center’s Trans* Health Program"


May 15, 2015: Larry Nuttbrock, Ph.D.
"Gender Abuse and Incident HIV/STI among Transgender Women in New York City: Buffering Effect of Involvement in a Transgender Community"


September 18, 2015: Marcelo Di Maggio, M.D.
"Facial Features Remodeling Surgery"


November 20, 2015: Nicholas R. Eaton, Ph.D.
"Recent Findings on Transgender Identity, Mental Health, and Sexual Risk"

For further information about the LGBT Health Series, please contact Tonya Reid at or 646-774-6937.