HDFS guest lecturer

HDFS Guest Lecturers

HDFS Guest Lecturers

HDFS Annual Workshop, March 19, 2018:

"Fostering Resilience Among People in the LGBTQ Community"

Guest lecturers, Jessica Fish, Ph.D. and Bradley Van Eeden-Moorefield, Ph.D. 

Program Objective:

As a result of recent social and political changes, the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals are increasingly visible in society, Still, stigma, discrimination, and a lack of access to equal rights continue to provide challenges to these individuals; resulting in a heightened risk for interpersonal distress and adverse mental health outcomes.

Despite such risks, many LGBTQ individuals utilize unique sources of support and resilience to survive and thrive. This symposium aims to provide practitioners and students with information on current research and practices for fostering resilience among individuals in the LGBTQ community.

About the Guest Lecturers:

Jessica Fish

HDFS Guest Lecturer 2017, Jessica Fish

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Jessica Fish is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

She is currently working on a three-year project in affiliation with the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Health and Rights Lab that explores the developmental and experiential factors that contribute to mental health and substance use among sexual minority youth.

Her overall program of research seeks to identify mechanisms that contribute to LGBTQ health disparities and to disseminate this understanding in ways that inform programming and policy aimed at promoting the positive development, health, and well-being of LGBTQ youth and adults. 

Bradley Van Eeden-Moorefield

HDFS Guest Lecturer 2017, Bradley Van Eeden-Moorefield

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Dr. Brad van Eeden-Moorefield is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Child Studies and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Family Studies at Montclair State University. His research includes a strong commitment to understanding and strengthening marginalized families, with his most recent work focused on step-families headed by same-sex couples. Much of this research focuses on identifying how factors in the social world (e.g., stigma, stereotypes, policy) influence everyday family life and how both impact various indicators of individual (e.g., depression, happiness) and family well-being (stability).

He has been featured in national media, published numerous articles and chapters, is currently guest editing a special issue of Family Relations on the experiences of queer families, and has two books that will be published this year-- one on research methodology and a second on evidence-based practice.

Dr. van Eeden-Moorefield has provided training to various family and childcare practitioners and uses his previous clinical experiences to translate research into practice and practice into research.