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Brief Online Interventions for LGBTQ Young Adult Mental and Behavioral Health

A Randomized Controlled Trial in a High-Stigma, Low-Resource Context

About the Course

It is often difficult for LGBTQ youths to obtain quality community resources in rural areas where LGBTQ stigma is high. This quantitative study explores the influence of self-guided online writing interventions on the behavioral health of LGBTQ youth living in rural Tennessee. Data on depressive symptoms, anxious symptoms, suicidal ideation, drug/alcohol use, and HIV-risk behavior are collected immediately after the interventions and at three months post-interventions.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Brief Online Interventions for LGBTQ Young Adult Mental and Behavioral Health: A Randomized Controlled Trial in a High-Stigma, Low-Resource Context created by John E. Pachankis, PhD, et al. in 2020.

Publication Date:

J Consult Clin Psychol. 2020 May; 88(5): 429–444 May 2020

Course Material Authors

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John E. Pachankis, PhD

Dr. Pachankis (he/him) is the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health and directs Yale’s LGBTQ Mental Health Initiative, which serves as a home for scholarship devoted to understanding and improving the mental health of LGBTQ populations in the US and around the world. His NIH-funded research program examines the efficacy of LGBTQ-affirmative mental health interventions delivered via novel technologies, in diverse settings, and across the spectrum of the LGBTQ community. These treatments have shown often-times strong and sustained reductions in depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance use, and HIV risk across several randomized controlled trials. He has published 100+ scientific papers on LGBTQ mental health and stigma and recently co-edited the Handbook of Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Sexual and Gender Minorities published by Oxford University Press. You can learn more about his research at

Stacey L. Williams, PhD

Dr. Williams trained as a social-health psychologist and has have developed a research program in stigma, sociocultural factors, and health. Her current studies focus on sexual and gender minority stress and health in LGBTQ individuals in South Central Appalachia. She directs the Social Issues and Relations Laboratory (SIRL), where undergraduate and graduate students gain first-hand experience in designing and conducting studies on stigma, minority stress, campus climate, and psychosocial processes that link stigma to health and mental health. Her work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Kriti Behari, MA

Ms. Behari (she/her) is senior research assistant with the ESTEEM Project. She graduated with an MA from Stony Brook University in 2018. She is interested in the development and maintenance of depressive disorders, as well as in psychotherapy interventions and their adaptation, implementation and personalization. Kriti hopes to get her PhD in Clinical Psychology. She has had her work published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, LP

Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, received his degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL, in 2005. From 2004-2006, he taught courses in general psychology, abnormal psychology, and human sexuality at Collin College in Plano, TX. He currently practices individual therapy at the Department of Sexual Medicine at Park Nicollet Health Health Services near Minneapolis, MN.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. To identify some of the unique behavioral health challenges of LGBTQ youths living in rural areas
  2. To describe characteristics of brief online writing interventions as a whole
  3. To describe the results of brief online writing interventions on levels of depression, levels of anxiety, self-esteem, drug/alcohol abuse, and HIV-risk behavior for rural LGBTQ youths

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Course Number 103200
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