My concentration has been on the well-being of gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender youth. I think sexual orientation and
gender identity are integral aspects of who we are as human beings.
Rights for GLBT people are human rights. All of the issues that
impact adolescents in general impact some GLBT adolescents but then
they have the added trauma perhaps of rejection and abandonment
because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
I am involved with the Buffalo Public Schools on the development
of a new survey which will be an important source of data on the
health risk behavior of adolescents. I also helped develop and
pilot the curriculum of the inter-professional education
collaborative practice, an ongoing initiative among UB’s
health-related schools to bring students together with people from
across the professions. Such practice has shown to increase patient
safety and produce better outcomes for patients and their