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Assessment Series Core Seminar Panel Discussion: "Starting a Conversation at the Intersection of Disability, Mental Health and LGBTI Issues"

Date: April 07, 2016

Time: 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Location: Room 241, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, 110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville, TN 37203

Event Flyer: 4.7.16 core flyer.pdf


Assessment Core Seminar Series Panel Discussion: Starting a Conversation at the Intersection of Disability, Mental Health and LGBTI Issues

Thursday, Apr. 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Room 241, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, 110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville, TN 37203

It is broadly recognized that racial and ethnic disparities exist among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), as African-American and Hispanic adults are significantly more likely to be in fair or poor physical and mental health than Caucasian adults with IDD. However, sexual orientation and gender identity are also critical health disparity domains that have received much less attention even though the prevalence of disability is higher among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults compared with their heterosexual counterparts.

To increase awareness of the complicated issues involved, a panel of university and community experts has been assembled:

  • Evon Batey Lee, Ph.D., Moderator, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry; UCEDD Training Director; LEND Program Associate Director
  • Jon Ebert, Psy.D., Director, Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody
  • Kim Hudlet, LPC/MHSP, Staff Therapist, Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center
  • Brittany Peters, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow
  • Pamela Sheffer, Program Director, Just Us, Oasis Center

Panelists will share their perspectives and experiences, and then the audience will be invited to join in the conversation to attempt to better understand the complex issues facing LGBTI individuals with mental health and/or disability challenges.

For questions, contact (615) 322-8240.


For accessibility information or to request an accommodation

Contact kc@vumc.org or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).