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Lecture: LGBTQ Identity Dev't: Trends, Issues, & Treatments

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

This lecture is part of the UConn Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week of events.

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "LGBTQ Identity Development: Trends, Issues and Treatment Considerations" and will be presented by Laura Saunders.

Synopsis: This presentation will review LGBTQ identity development as it relates to developmental stages, risk factors and treatment interventions. Use of current research highlights trends in our understanding of LGBTQ identity. Relevant risk factors that are particular to the LGBTQ population also help inform our treatment. Open discussion allows participants to integrate their experiences.

Biography: Laura M. I. Saunders, Psy.D. ABPP is a staff psychologist working in Young Adult Services at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital. She is also Board Certified in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Saunders is the Clinical Coordinator of The Right Track/LGBTQ Intensive Outpatient program in Young Adult Services for individuals struggling with co-occurring emotional difficulties, minority stress and identity development. This LGBTQ Specialty behavioral health program is the first of its kind in CT. In 2015, Dr. Saunders was named as the co-Employee of the Year for Hartford Hospital. Areas of expertise include child psychopathology, behavior management, parent training and family therapy. She appears regularly in local TV news to provide psychological input on topics relevant to youth and families.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


Rainbow Center (primary), Suicide Prevention, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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