In order to advance its educational mission, the Program for the Study of LGBT Health sponsors a fellowship program to provide a training experience in the mental health aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health.
The fellowship program, based within the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at Columbia Psychiatry, integrates training, clinical service, and research, and provides mentorship and supervision by senior academic practitioners. LGBT Health Fellows will acquire research skills as well as cultural and clinical competence in LGBT mental health. Fellows also assist in enhancing cultural competence in LGBT health across CUMC and its community partners, and participates in the consultation / liaison services of the LGBT Health Initiative.
Robert-Paul Juster, Ph.D. is currently our LGBT Health Fellow.
ROBERT-PAUL JUSTER, PH.D.
Robert-Paul Juster, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow with the Program for the Study of LGBT Health in the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Juster's research program focuses on chronic stress among diverse social groups. Over the last decade, he has developed expertise in measuring chronic stress known as allostatic load (AL) that describes the physiological dysregulations related to chronic stress and unhealthy behaviors. Contributions include AL studies in relation to aging stereotypes and geriatric depression, gender-roles and psychosomatic symptoms among workers, structural stigma and ‘coming out of the closet’ for sexual minorities, household overcrowding among the Inuit, and behavioral comorbidities among psychiatric patients.
In the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health, working with Drs. Walter Bockting and Anke A. Ehrhardt, he is researching the health and well-being of sexual minorities throughout lifespan development. As part of a Canadian scholarship and in collaboration with Dr. Mark Hatzenbuehler, he will be calculating allostatic load indices among sexual minorities to delineate geopolitical differences in state-level indices of structural stigma.
LGBT Health Fellows
2015-2016: Philip Jai Johnson, Ph.D.
Philip Jai Johnson, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from McGill University in Montreal. After obtaining his doctorate degree, he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota, where he received extensive clinical training in addressing gender dysphoria in adults and adolescents, compulsive sexual behavior, sexual and relationship functioning difficulties, sex offender treatment, and sexual abuse recovery. His research during his fellowship explored the effects of minority stress on body image and sexual functioning in transgender people.
2014-2015: Laura Erickson-Schroth, M.D., M.A..
The first LGBT Health Fellow (2014-2015) was Laura Erickson-Schroth, M.D., M.A., a Public Psychiatry Fellow who received her medical training at New York University. Dr. Erickson-Schroth is a member of the board of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and is the editor of the recently published Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a landmark resource guide written by and for transgender people.