The Center for Gender Studies and
 the Department of Psychology Present
"Transphobia is Bad for Health: Social Exclusion, Mental Health,
         and Well-Being among Trans People in Ontario, Canada"

                 A Center for Gender Studies Guest  Lecture by:
                             Dr. Robb Travers ~ Associate Professor

                              Department of Psychology
                              Wilfrid Laurier University,
                              Waterloo, Ontario
Location & Time 
    This presentation is open to the public; admission is free.
    Location: Heth 22 ~ Time: 4:00 pm ~ Monday, October 21st, 2013
    Radford University, Radford, VA.
Presentation Abstract                Presentation Images
Background    Dr. Travers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and is a Canadian Institutes of Health New Investigator. Dr. Travers holds additional appointments at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Travers is considered a leader in the community-based research movement in Canada; his work is focused on understanding the effects of social exclusion on gender and sexual minorities.
Presentation Overview    Dr. Travers' work is focused on understanding the effects of social exclusion on gender and sexual minorities. In his presentation, social exclusion is linked to various forms of health inequities among marginalized populations in North America. Transgender people experience high rates of discrimination in their workplaces, in various service settings, and among their peers and families, in contexts that often preclude a lack of formal human rights protection. Trans PULSE is a community-based research project undertaken in Ontario, Canada; 433 trans people completed an 87 page survey designed to explore the scope of social exclusion in their lives and its effects on their health and well-being. High incidences of mental health challenges including depression, low self-esteem and suicidality were documented, and were specifically linked to experiences of discrimination. In addition to key project findings, Dr. Travers will discuss some of the successes behind Trans PULSE, including the unique community-based approach of the project1

  Dr. Robb Travers

  Ph.D. Public Health Sciences
  University of Toronto

  MA Community Psychology
  University of Toronto

  B.A. (Hon) Psychology
  University of Winnipeg
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1Robb Travers, Personal Communication, September. 2013
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