The LGBT Health & Development Program

Chicago Conference 2013




Conference Overview
Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Conference Overview

Co-organized by the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute of Center on Halsted, the second annual Chicago LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference was held at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Coinciding with the signing of the Illinois marriage equality bill, the conference brought 180 researchers, service providers and students together to focus on translational LGBTQ health research.

The purpose of this year’s conference was to foster the application of research into practice by providing a forum for: (a) presenting LGBTQ health research; (b) networking opportunities; and (c) sharing resources.

The conference was framed around the theme of “Health and Wellness across the Lifespan.” New and complex health issues are currently emerging for LGBTQ individuals. For example, LGBTQ youth are coming out at earlier ages, new family identities are being forged by same-sex marriage and co-parenting relationships, and members of the first openly LGBTQ generation are facing their senior years. The conference explored how research and practice have addressed these issues, as well as other topics such as mental health, substance use, HIV/AIDS, transgender health, and health disparities.

For a description of the day’s activities, please visit the IMPACT Program’s conference blog post.


Center on Halsted hosted a pre-conference reception on the evening of Tuesday, November 19, 2013. A full day of conference activities followed on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

For a complete list of speakers and sessions, download the full conference agenda.

Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Dr. Lawrence Tabak, principal deputy director of the NIH

Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD
Dr. Tabak was appointed as the principal deputy director of the NIH on August 23, 2010. Previously he served as acting principal deputy director of the NIH from November 13, 2008, through August 14, 2009. Named as the director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) in September 2000, he held that post through August 2010. Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Tabak served as the senior associate dean for research and professor of dentistry and biochemistry & biophysics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester in New York. A former NIH MERIT recipient, Dr. Tabak has received several honors and awards for his work including being elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He has also received teaching awards for his work with both graduate and medical students.


Dr. Walter O. BocktingWalter O. Bockting, PhD
Walter Bockting, PhD, is Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Nursing) and Co-Director of the LGBT Health Initiative, Division of Gender, Sexuality, & Health, Columbia University. He is also a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Bockting has 25 years of direct clinical experience with transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming individuals and their families. His research interests include gender and sexual development, LGBT health, Internet research methods, HIV/STI prevention, and the promotion of sexual health. He has been the recipient of grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Minnesota Department of Health. Dr. Bockting is the Past President of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and Editor-in-Chief of the Association’s peer-reviewed journal, the International Journal of Transgenderism. Dr. Bockting also served on the committee that produced the 2011 Institute of Medicine Report entitled “The Health of LGBT People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.”



2013 LGBTQ Conference – Welcome and Keynote from IMPACT Program on Vimeo.

Welcome Address:  Dr. Brian Mustanski (IMPACT/Northwestern University), Eric Conley (Northwestern Memorial Healthcare), and Dr. Claudia Mosier (Center on Halsted)
Keynote Address:  “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Health Research at the NIH,” Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak (National Institutes of Health)

2013 LGBTQ Conference – Listening Session from IMPACT Program on Vimeo.

Listening Session:  Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak (National Institutes of Health) heard community input to help the NIH determine the highest priority research areas in LGBTI health. Information from this session and other avenues will inform the development of an NIH LGBTI Research Strategic Plan with the aim to make sure that the motto of NIH, “From Discovery to Health,” applies to all Americans. Moderated by Dr. Brian Mustanski.
(Please note that the Listening Session webcast begins as the session is in progress.)


The 2nd Annual Chicago LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference is co-organized by the IMPACT Program at Northwestern University and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute of Center on Halsted.  The conference is generously co-sponsored by a growing number of Chicago-area universities and health centers.

Platinum Sponsors:  Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine – Institute for Public Health and Medicine

Gold Sponsor:  The Adler School of Professional Psychology; Howard Brown Health Center

Silver Sponsors:  Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago – Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention; Chicago Developmental Center for AIDS Research; Chicago House; Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4); Northwestern University – Center for Community Health; Northwestern University – Institute for Policy Research; Thresholds; University of Chicago – Office of Diversity and Inclusion; University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Pharmacy, Office of Diversity Affairs; Vida/SIDA  (Puerto Rican Cultural Center)

Bronze Sponsors:  Sexualities Project at Northwestern; University of Illinois at Chicago – Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of LGBTQ People & Allies; University of Chicago – STI and HIV Intervention Network; Valeo at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital


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