Adversity and Resilience: Perils & Potential for Growth

What it would take to eliminate health disparities for LGBTQ teens

Brian Mustanski

Brian Mustanski
Professor of Medical and Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director, Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, Northwestern University

October 11, 2018
3:30 to 5:00 pm

Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union

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Free and open to the public

Brian Mustanski, Ph.D. is tenured Professor of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University, Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, and Co-Director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).  His research focuses on the health and development of LGBTQ youth and the application of new media and technology to sexual health promotion and HIV prevention. He has been a Principal Investigator of over $38 million in federal and foundation grants and has published over 200 journal articles. In 2017, NBC News selected him from 1,600 nominees as one of 30 change-makers and innovators making a positive difference in the LGBTQ community. 


LGBT youth face a number of health disparities, including increased risk for mental health and physical problems. What drives these disparities? Social determinants related to oppression and discrimination negatively impact the health of LGBT teens, and marginalization exists in multiple systems. Science is needed to solve these disparities, but barriers exist in conducting research with LGBT youth. Current knowledge on LGBT youth health will be described and gaps that would benefit from future research will be identified. Innovations in eHealth and specifically online sexual health education in this population will be discussed.

Suggested Readings

Mustanski B. (2015). Future directions in research on sexual minority adolescent mental, behavioral, and sexual health. Journal of Clinical Child Adolescent Psychology, 44(1):204-19. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2014.982756

Mustanski B, Macapagal K, Thomann M, Feinstein BA, Newcomb ME, Motley D, Fisher CB. (2017).  Parents' Perspectives About Adolescent Boys' Involvement in Biomedical HIV Prevention Research. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-1035-0

Whitton SW, Dyar C, Newcomb ME, Mustanski B. (2018). Romantic involvement: A protective factor for psychological health in racially-diverse young sexual minorities. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127(3):265-275. doi: 10.1037/abn0000332.

Distinguished Lecture Series Contact:
Jacqueline Chenault, Department of Psychological Science