Category: Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender Issues


Symposium 41 - Empirically Supported Mental Health Care With Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals

Friday, November 17
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom B, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: LGBTQ+ | Cultural Diversity/ Vulnerable Populations | Evidence-Based Practice
Presentation Type: Symposium

Considerations of diversity have become central to discussions of adapting, disseminating, and implementing empirically supported treatments. Yet there is a considerable gap in research for how to best provide evidence-informed mental health care to transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals. TGNC individuals experience mental health disparities and systemic requirements for transition-related medical care that lead the majority of gender minority individuals to seek mental health services. Although there are some general recommendations for providing mental health care to this population (e.g. the American Psychological Association’s Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People), most are not research informed or are drawn from non-CBT treatments that are often not first line treatments. This symposium will present empirical data on several components of mental health care for gender minority individuals. The diverse presentations incorporate the following: assessment and progress monitoring with TGNC individuals, disparities between cisgender and gender minority clients, general and minority specific processes impacting mental health, and intersecting gender minority and rural identities.

First, Dr. Conall O’Cleirigh will highlight differences in the rates of intimate partner violence in TGNC subgroups and cisgender samples at a community health center. Second, Dr. Jae Puckett will discuss predictors of negative, positive, and anxious affect in TGNC individuals. Third, Natalie Holt will present the validation of a progress-monitoring measure developed with and for TGNC clients. Finally, Dr. Joshua Eyer will discuss underserved mental health care status for TGNC individuals in rural locales and providing services in access-limited areas. These presentations demonstrate progress towards increasing evidence-informed mental health services to TGNC individuals while also emphasizing the need for more research. As such, Dr. Jillian Shipherd’s discussion will focus on integrating the results from these presentations into CBT with TGNC individuals and considering next steps for TGNC mental health care.

Learning Objectives:

Debra A. Hope

University of Nebraska, Lincoln


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Jillian C. Shipherd

Director, LGBT Health Program
Veterans Health Administration; VA Boston Healthcare System; National Center for PTSD; Boston University School of Medicine


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Conall O’Cleirigh

Assistant Professor, Director of Behavioral Medicine
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Fenway Institute


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Jae Puckett

Assistant Professor
University of South Dakota


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Natalie R. Holt

Graduate Student
University of Nebraska, Lincoln


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Joshua C. Eyer

Assistant Professor
The University of Alabama


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