Dr. Eckstrand is assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Medical Director of its LGBTQIA+ Health Quality Initiative. Their research focuses on the neuropsychiatric underpinnings of trauma and resilience in adolescents, with an emphasis on minoritized communities and vulnerable populations. Dr. Eckstrand’s research has been published in top-tier journals such as JAMA Psychiatry and Biological Psychiatry, and has been recognized by Honorary Membership in the World Psychiatric Association and awards from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, and Society for Biological Psychiatry.
Dr. Eckstrand has also published four textbooks on the mental and physical health needs of LGBTQ+ communities, including the training of health care professionals to provide affirming and responsible care to LGBTQ+ individuals. They are board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, is internationally recognized for their leadership supporting the health of LGBTQ+ communities, and speaks nationally on the importance of diversity and identity in health.