“Our priority is community-centered and informed
advocacy for the most underserved and
underrepresented gender and sexual minority groups.”
-Dr. Kevin Osten-Garner, Director
Kevin A. Osten-Garner, Psy.D., Founding Director, came to Adler University after serving as a practitioner and leader of an LGBTQ-dedicated treatment program from 2004 to 2011. Dr. Osten-Garner is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience working with LGBTQ issues, severe mental illness, and addictions. He serves as a member of the Chicago Department of Public Health’s LGBT Health Advisory Board and the Chicago LGBT Task Force on Substance Use and Abuse.
Dr. Osten-Garner also serves Adler University as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, providing strategic planning and oversight of the University’s community engagement and clinical training activities.
Dr. Osten-Garner completed his Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Our volunteer Advisory Board has helps ensure a synergic relationship among Adler University’s LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center and its stakeholders by providing input and guidance on the direction and relevance of all endeavors. The Advisory Board models the values espoused in the vision and mission statement providing a framework for collaboration between academia, practice, and public policy.
Dr. Osten-Garner leads teams comprised of students, faculty, and staff leading projects including educational and best practice databases for faculty and students, the Chicagoland LGBTQ Services Directory, and LGBTQ community advocacy.