Esteemed Author to Keynote Duvall Conference
Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW is a clinical social worker and researcher who has worked on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health and mental health for more than 40 years and whose work has shaped policy and practice for LGBT children, youth and young adults. She directs the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) at SF State University – the first research, education, intervention and policy project – to help ethnically and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children. Dr. Ryan and her team have developed the first research-based family support model to prevent risk and promote well-being for LGBT children and adolescents.
Her work has been recognized by major national professional groups in the fields of counseling, medicine, nursing, psychology and social work, and by civic, LGBT and faith-based groups. She has served on many scientific and clinical advisory groups, including the Committee on LGBT Health for the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, the LGBT Suicide Prevention Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the American Psychological Association’s expert consensus panel that developed a policy guidance on efforts to change sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in children and adolescents, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Ryan works with organizations, faith communities, families and providers to integrate FAP’s family-based support approach to build healthy futures for LGBT young people across disciplines, services and systems.