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NEW DATE! Lect: Understanding Suicide Risks Among LGBT Veterans in VA Care

Thursday, October 3, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

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.

The Fall 2019 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (

This particular lecture is also included in the Suicide Prevention Week calendar of events,

Today's lecture is entitled, "Understanding Suicide Risks Among LGBT Veterans in VA Care" and will be presented by Joseph Goulet, PhD (he/him/his).

Synopsis: Little research has examined LGBT Veterans risk for suicide. We hypothesize that LGBT status is a pre-disposing factor that increases risk due to minority status, the stress of prior and ongoing discrimination, including military sexual trauma, that may be increased due to proximal factors such as mental health and medical conditions, homelessness, a lack of engagement in care, system and providers lack of awareness of needs, among other factors. However, the engagement of LGBT Veterans in VA is difficult to estimate: sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data is not (yet) collected in a structured manner. We will use VA EHR data to identify LGBT Veterans to ascertain suicidal behavior(s) and assess risk and protective factors among LGBT Veterans in all gender, age, and racial and ethnic groups.

Biography: Joseph Goulet, PhD, is an epidemiologist and statistician by training, currently the Director of the Methodology and Biostatistics core of the VA’s Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center, and an associate professor of medicine at Yale. My research focuses on the impact of mental health conditions on the course of care and outcomes for Veterans with comorbid medical conditions. He has been involved in the design and conduct of large cohort studies using VA EHR data sources supplemented by patient surveys on topics including HIV, women Veteran’s health, and musculoskeletal disorders. He serves as a Principle Investigator on the current study for which he is presenting today, and works closely with his co-PI Dr. Qing Zeng on the informatics Aims.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Suicide Prevention, UConn Master Calendar, Veterans Affairs and Military Programs, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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