Board-certified child & adolescent Psychiatrist, Clinical Assistant Professor at the Western Psychiatric Hospital of UPMC.
"Uniting Education, Research, and Advocacy to Address LGBTQ+ Health Disparities"
Dr. Eckstrand holds an M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, and is internationally recognized for their leadership supporting the health of LGBTQ communities. Dr. Eckstrand has published four textbooks and numerous peer-reviewed papers on the mental and physical health needs of LGBTQ communities, including the training of healthcare professionals to provide affirming and responsible care to LGBTQ individuals. Dr. Eckstrand founded the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health, the second LGBTQ-focused program at an academic health center in the country, co-directs the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s LGBTQ Health elective, and speaks nationally on the importance of diversity and identity in health. Dr. Eckstrand's clinical work and neuroimaging research focuses on the neuropsychiatric underpinnings of trauma and resilience in adolescents, with an emphasis on minority communities and vulnerable populations. This talk explores strategies for engaging in LGBTQ+ work in STEM across domains of education, research, and advocacy work interwoven with how their own identity (as a queer person) has influenced, and been influenced by, this work.
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