Kristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD

Dr. Eckstrand is a fellow in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She holds her M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, and is internationally recognized for her leadership supporting the health of LGBT communities.

She is the founding chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development, co-editing and -authoring the ground-breaking text Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD.  Dr. Eckstrand is also the founder and former director of the Vanderbilt Program for LGBT Health, chair of the World Psychiatric Associations’ LGBT Education Mental Health workgroup, and former vice president for education of GLMA. She has published two additional clinical textbooks on LGBT healthcare: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patient Health: A Clinical Guide to Preventative, Primary, and Specialist Care and Trauma, Resilience, and Health Promotion in LGBT Patients: What Every Healthcare Provider Should Know.

Her clinical work and neuroimaging research focuses on the neuropsychiatric underpinnings of trauma and resilience in children and adolescents, with an emphasis on minority communities and vulnerable populations. Dr. Eckstrand has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, co-directs the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s LGBT Health elective, and speaks nationally on the importance of diversity and identity in mental health and neuroscience. Her research has been recognized by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association. Her commitment to diversity has been recognized through awards from the American Medical Association, American Medical Student Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, World Psychiatric Association, and the Tennessee Medical Association.