Mental Health of LGBTQ+ people, stigma and syndemics of HIV | DISCUSSION

When: 03.10.2018 - 17:00 - 19:00
Where:  Americké centrum, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana

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Discussion with an invited guest John Pachankis, Ph.D., who has agreed to give an online mediated Skype presentation on his most recent research regarding stigma, HIV, and syndemics in MSM. Following his initial presentation a discussion with local invited expert panelists will unfold.

John Pachankis, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences division of the Yale School of Public Health, where he studies the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. His research specifically seeks to identify the psychological and social influences that might explain LGBT individuals’ disproportionate experiences with several adverse mental health outcomes, like depression and substance abuse. He uses social epidemiological, experimental, and mixed methods approaches to conduct this research. Drawing on his background as a clinical psychologist, his ultimate goal is to translate the results of these studies into psychosocial interventions to improve the health of the LGBT community.

Discussion will be moderated by RNDr. Michal Pitoňák, Ph.D. He currently works as a researcher within the National Institute of Mental Health, where he addresses issues of quality of life, mental health and addictive behavior in a non-heterosexual populations. He is also the chairman of the NGO Queer Geography organization.


The panel will include:

  • - Kateřina Kolářová, Department of Gender Studies, FAculty of Humanities, Charles University
  • - Robert Hejzák, Czech AIDS Help Society
  • - Ivo Procházka, Institute of Sexology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University



Discussion will be held in English.