The mission of the program for the study of LGBT health is to promote the health and wellness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people through the key areas of research, clinical care, education and training, and innovative policy development.
Program leaders are building a comprehensive understanding of the development of gender identity and sexual orientation in interaction with the social environment across the lifespan.
Current projects include a long-term study of transgender identity development, an interdisciplinary care, training, and research program serving LGBT elders, research on LGBT families and youth, and more.
The program offers mental health evaluation, consultation, and treatment for LGBT children, adolescents, adults, and families. Providers are experts in the field of LGBT health and include faculty from Columbia Psychiatry, Pediatrics and the Columbia Nursing.
Education and Training
The program provides a forum for discussion of research and clinical issues on various topics through seminars and workgroups. The program offers training, consultation, and supervision for medical and mental health care providers working with LGBT people.
With an influential voice in contemporary public policy debates involving LGBT health and wellness, program leaders serve as consultants and advocates for evidence-based LGBT-affirming policies.