Guest Blog: Reflection of ASAP’s 2019 Poster Session Winner

As a part of PRMS’ ongoing commitment to behavioral health, we invited Elizabeth W. Ollen, PhD to be featured as our guest blogger this month. She was one of the poster contest winners for the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry.

My participation in the ASAP resident poster session provided a great opportunity to discuss my research with ASAP attendees who are also passionate and interested in LGBTQ topics, as well as connect with other students doing similar work. The poster session fostered thought provoking conversations and questions to consider for continuing my future research endeavors!

The research poster presented pre and post data on a portable "resilience class" that aims to teach LGBTQ youth CBT skills to bolster resilience and combat symptoms of anxiety and stress. We just finished collecting our last data set—the final 6-month post data on the last group. Next steps include disseminating the group into community settings to increase accessibility. Additionally, we are currently developing a parent resilience class, to run simultaneously with the youth group, to increase resilience across the family system and increase parental support of their LGBTQ teens.

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