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Kristen Eckstrand M.D., Ph.D.

  • Faculty

Dr. Eckstrand is a post-doctoral scholar on the Innovative Methods in Pathogenesis and Child Treatment (IMPACT) T32. Their research focuses on the neuropsychiatric underpinnings of trauma and resilience in adolescents, with an emphasis on minoritized communities and vulnerable populations. Their K award, examining the impact of emotional abuse on neural circuitry in sexual minority youth, is currently under review. Dr. Eckstrand’s research has been published in top-tier journals such as JAMA Psychiatry and Biological Psychiatry, and has been recognized by Honorary Membership in the World Psychiatric Association and awards from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, and Society for Biological Psychiatry. Dr. Eckstrand has also published four textbooks on the mental and physical health needs of LGBTQ+ communities, including the training of healthcare professionals to provide affirming and responsible care to LGBTQ+ individuals. They are board-certified child & adolescent psychiatrist and internationally recognized for their leadership supporting the health of LGBTQ+ communities. Dr. Eckstrand founded the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health, co-directs the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s LGBTQ Health elective, and consults nationally on the importance of diversity and identity in health.

University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center: Faculty