Understanding and Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth

Language: English
Topic Age Range: Pre-K to 12th Grade

Brief Description
This presentation will briefly review trends from national LGBTQ+ youth surveys on their experiences and sources of resilience. More attention will be focused on reviewing risk and protective factors for mental health concerns and describing a range of strategies to promote positive identities among LGBTQ+ youth. As part of this presentation, a CHOC Pediatric Psychologist will share online resources for youth, caregivers, and other supportive adults to remain connected and informed.

Date Aired: Thursday, May 12, 2022 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM (PST)  

Presenter: Adrianne Alpern, PhD , Licensed Psychologist, CHOC Psychology Co-Occurring Clinic

Presenter Bio
Adrianne Alpern, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who enjoys collaborating with children and families to bring out their strengths and improve their quality of life. She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami, with a specialty in youth with chronic medical conditions. In addition, Dr. Alpern enjoys partnering with transgender youth to improve their social support and navigate their own unique challenges. Dr. Alpern has authored and co-authored more than 40 national and international presentations, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing a variety of stringed instruments.


  • Learn about the experiences LGBTQ+ youth as reported on recent national surveys
  • Review 4 risk and protective factors mental health concerns among LGBTQ+ youth
  • Identify 3 strategies to promote resilience and positive identities among LGBTQ+ youth
  • Learn about 3 online resources to stay connected and informed