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Title: Implementing LGB-affirmative CBT: A Transdiagnostic Minority Stress Treatment Approach
Presenter(s) and Affiliation(s):
John Pachankis, Ph.D. - Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health and the Director of the ESTEEM Research Group in New York City
Sexual orientation disparities in mental health and related psychosocial outcomes are one of the most robust population disparities in psychiatric epidemiology, likely driven by LGB people's disproportionate exposure to stigma-related stress. This presentation will review the first evidence-based treatment package to reduce depression, anxiety, and related health conditions by reducing the processes through which stigma-related stress impairs the mental health of this population. Attendees will learn to utilize LGB-affirmative therapeutic principles and techniques to adapt standard cognitive-behavioral approaches to specifically address the stigma-related stress faced by LGB people across development. Preliminary efficacy data from a recent RCT will be presented suggesting that this LGB-affirmative treatment package, called ESTEEM, can reduce sexual minority men's depression, alcohol abuse, sexual compulsivity, and HIV risk behavior.
This workshop is designed to help you:
• Summarize psychiatric epidemiologic findings related to sexual orientation and mental health.
• Recognize clinical presentations of sexual minority stress.
• Utilize transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches to reduce the mental health impact of minority stress.
About the Presenter:
Dr. John Pachankis is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health and the Director of the ESTEEM Research Group in New York City. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a quantitative focus in 2008 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed his clinical psychology internship at Harvard Medical School / McLean Hospital. His research program has two primary foci: (1) to identify psychosocial mechanisms linking stigma-related stressors to adverse health outcomes within lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations and (2) to develop and disseminate effective interventions to reduce sexual orientation mental health disparities. He has published widely in the areas of stigma, LGBT mental health, and psychosocial mechanisms linking stigma to mental health health. This work appears in journals such as Psychological Bulletin, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, AIDS, and the American Journal of Public Health. His research has had both national and international scholarly, legal, and popular impact, having been referenced in national professional guidelines for LGBT mental health practice, cited in numerous amici curiae briefs before U.S. state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and featured in national and international media outlets, such as The New York Times.
He currently serves as Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health to develop evidence-based psychosocial interventions specifically tailored to the unique mental health concerns of LGBT individuals. He examines the efficacy of LGBT-affirmative interventions delivered via novel technologies (e.g., smartphones), in diverse settings (e.g., Eastern Europe, Appalachia, NYC), and with diverse segments of the LGBT community (e.g., rural youth). Dr. Pachankis has received several awards for his research, including the 2013 Samuel Turner Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology from the American Psychology Association (APA). In addition to his academic training and research experience, Dr. Pachankis has 16 years of experience in the development and delivery of health promotion initiatives within LGBT community-based settings.
Pachankis, J. E., Hatzenbuehler, M. L., Rendina, H. J., Safren, S. A., & Parsons, J. T. (2015). LGB-affirmative cognitive behavioral therapy for young adult gay and bisexual men: A randomized controlled trial of a transdiagnostic minority stress approach. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 875-889.
Pachankis, J. E. (2015). A transdiagnostic minority stress pathways approach for treating psychosocial syndemic conditions among gay and bisexual men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 1843-1860.
Pachankis, J. E. (2014). Uncovering clinical principles and techniques to address minority stress, mental health, and related health risks among gay and bisexual men. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 21, 313-330.