Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D. Chicago Campus

"The Center’s activities of curriculum development,  
community engagement, research and scholarship, 
and advocacy are centered on those most underserved 
and underrepresented under the LGBTQ umbrella." 
- Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D.

"The Center’s activities of curriculum development,
community engagement, research and scholarship,
and advocacy are centered on those most underserved
and underrepresented under the LGBTQ umbrella."
- Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D.

Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D.
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Division of Community Engagement

There are two important thoughts that Dr. Albert Schweitzer once said that drive my attitude and behavior: “My life is my argument” and “Example is not the main thing influencing others, it’s the only thing”. These tenets are acutely in my awareness in my role as an academician, clinician, and member of the LGBTQ community. It is a code of belief and behavior that I strive to live by, and what determines my course in life and decisions I make on a daily basis. It is also the driving force behind all of the efforts of the LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center; the recognition that our impact will be felt not by what we say, but what we do. The Center’s activities of curriculum development, community engagement, research and scholarship, and advocacy are centered on those most underserved and underrepresented under the LGBTQ umbrella. Equality and inclusion are our argument.

I believe the most conducive learning environment is one where a free-flowing exchange of ideas, beliefs, and critical thinking takes place; an environment of mutual respect for our similarities and differences. I expect students to be able develop the skills beyond the conceptual framework of the classroom. This effort is a large part of my role as the Director of the LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center: to create opportunities for students to operationalize the knowledge they are receiving in the classroom through the Center’s activities.

Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4205) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • B.A., Ethnic Studies (Native American concentration), University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Professional Membership

  • American Psychological Association

Select Publication

  • Osten, K and Switzer, R (in press). Integrating 12-Steps into Therapy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

Select Presentations

  • LGB Sexual Health, Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2012
  • HIV Grief and Loss, Chicago LGBTQ Behavioral Health Training Consortium, 2005 – Present
  • Substance Use/Abuse Assessment, Chicago LGBTQ Behavioral Health Training Consortium, 2005 – Present
  • Substance Use/Abuse Treatment Interventions, Chicago LGBTQ Behavioral Health Training Consortium, 2005 - Present
  • LGBTQ Mental Health – A Systemic View, LGBT Health Student Symposium, April 2012
  • LGBTQ Substance Use and Treatment, Adler School of Professional Psychology, December 2011
  • A Forward Vision for Our Work (Keynote Address), Chicago LGBTQ Taskforce on Substance Use and Abuse, November 2011
  • LGBTQ Youth and Mental Health, Chicago Counseling Association, November 2011
  • Current Trends in Psychotropic and Street Drug Combinations in College Students, Morraine valley Community College, May 2011