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Why Dr. Warren Became Involved

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Barbara E. Warren Psy.D., LMHC

I am the Director for LGBT Health Services, a program of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. From 2010 through 2012 I served as Distinguished Lecturer and the inaugural Director of the LGBT Center at Roosevelt House-Hunter College. It is exciting to continue my involvement with the LGBT Center as a member of its Executive Committee and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies, teaching "Current Topics in LGBT Social Science and Public Policy" at Roosevelt House.

For 21 years, I served on the senior management team of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York City, and was responsible for the Center's local and national health policy and government relations initiatives. My doctorate is in counseling psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology's School of Psychology and I am also a credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor and a credentialed substance abuse prevention professional in New York State. My work in the development and implementation of substance abuse, mental health, HIV, and public health programs in community based settings spans over 30 years.

In addition to my work in the area of direct services, I represented the Hunter LGBT Center, the LGBT Community Center, and the needs of the LGBT communities in both advocacy and public policy capacities. Also, I have been active in the funding and policy initiatives of the New York State Network of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health and Human Services Providers, the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Community Centers and served several terms on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for LGBT Health. As a consultant, I have worked with city, state, and federal agencies including the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Federal Centers for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse Treatment and, as the first Community Co-Chair of New York City's HIV Prevention Planning Group, with the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I am a principal author of SAMHSA's training curriculum, A Provider's Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals. Since 2004, my public policy efforts have also included working with the US Cochrane Center as part of its consumer advisory initiative and sit on the Steering Committee of Consumers United for Evidence Based Healthcare (CUE) and on the Steering Group for CCNet, the consumer advisory group to the International Cochrane Collaboration.

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