Dr. Greg Robinson - The Rainbow is All Around Us: LGBTQ+ Affirming Practice for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Robinson Gregory PHD 20200114 0410Gregory C. Robinson, Ph.D. CCC-SLP (they/them), is an Associate Professor in the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Department at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science, who received an M.S. from Missouri State University in 1997 and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2005.  They are the director of the Ph.D. Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the founder and director of the TLC: Gender Affirming Communication Group, the Speech-Language Pathology Discipline Coordinator for the Arkansas Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Grant, and the chair of L’GASP: The LGBTQ+ Caucus of ASHA.  Their research and teaching is in the areas of: Multicultural Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Gender and Communication, Neurodiversity among Children, Child Language Development and Disorders, and Spoken Sound Disorders.  They have given numerous presentations across the United States and published research and theoretical perspectives in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks.


Thursday, October 14 - 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM

The Rainbow is All Around Us: LGBTQ+ Affirming Practice for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Due to oppressive paradigms interwoven throughout the fabric of our health professions and society at large, health and social disparities for individuals who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Non-binary, Queer, and other underrepresented genders and sexual orientations (LGBTQ+) continue to exist. Transgender and non-binary individuals are commonly denied routine medical care. LGBTQ+ individuals have been assaulted and discriminated against during the times when they are most vulnerable—when they are seeking medical assistance.  Minority stress can cause additional health problems, such as high blood pressure and cancer, as well as depression and anxiety which can account for the increased rates of suicide observed among LGBTQ+ individuals.  This presentation will begin by defining and discussing key terms related to LGBTQ+ individuals.  Then we will move into highlighting some of the social and health statistics related to the LGBTQ+ community.  Participants will then be guided through case studies of interactions between healthcare workers and LGBTQ+ individuals to brainstorm choices that can be made to support LGBTQ+ people and gradually dismantle the systems that oppress us all.  Finally, one particular intervention, gender affirming voice and communication therapy, will be discussed as a key intervention for transgender and non-binary individuals.


Financial Relationships:

  • Yes, ArkSHA honoraria and UAMS salary

Non-financial Relationships:

  • Yes, L’GASP: LGBTQIA+ Caucus of ASHA member; NOGLSTP professional; NBASLH professional; Sexual/Gender minority
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