Tobacco Studies Program

Sexual Orientation Disparities in Tobacco Use and Cessation: A BRFSS Analysis

May 6, 2009

Sexual Orientation Disparities in Tobacco Use and Cessation: A BRFSS Analysis

Kimberly Balsam PhD

Tobacco Related Health Disparities: The Case of Tobacco (HSERV 556)

Kimberly Balsam Dr. Kimberly Balsam is Research Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. Following the completion of her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2003 from the University of Vermont, she was awarded an Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) from National Institute of Mental Health to study minority stress, coping, and mental health outcomes among ethnically diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults. She is currently the recipient of a Career Development from NIMH to develop culturally-sensitive prevention strategies for ethnically diverse lesbian and bisexual women. She has over 25 peer-reviewed publications and has given numerous presentations across the U.S. on her research on LGBT populations, focusing on topics such as trauma/victimization, mental health, stress and coping, and the intersection of race/ethnicity and sexual orientation.
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This lecture is also part of our Tobacco-Related Health Disparities (HSERV 556) course, where it is paired with the following readings:
Lee, J.G.L., Griffin, G.K., Melvin, C.L. (2009). Tobacco use among sexual minorities, USA, 1987-2007 (May): A systematic review. Tobacco Control, 18, 275-282.

Meyer, I.H. (1995). Minority Stress and Mental Health in Gay Men. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 36(1), 38-56.