Scholar Class – 2013
Michael first fell in love with the field of LGBTQ adolescent mental health during his time as an undergraduate at Berkeley. His honors thesis was titled: "They're here, they're queer, they're vulnerable: The American adolescent coming-out process." As a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student at New York University, Michael co-facilitates a nationally-funded, longitudinal study of more than 1,100 LGBTQ-identified adolescents. Michael's doctoral dissertation research focuses primarily on suicidal ideation risk and resilience factors in the lives of LGBTQ adolescents. Additionally, he has presented papers at national adolescent research conferences regarding the intersectionality of queer stress and racial stress in the 15-21 year old LGBTQ population. Michael co-authored a book chapter for The Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation, published by Oxford University Press in January 2013. He has also been a contributing writer for Out Magazine.
As a therapist, Michael's work centers around serving the unique mental health needs of LGBTQ patients. Michael has worked at university counseling centers in Manhattan treating patients struggling with depression, coming out issues, substance abuse, and making the transition from adolescence into adulthood. In February 2012, Michael was named the winner of NYU's Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Award for his public speaking on contemporary civil rights issues pertaining to the LGBTQ Movement. For his research, clinical work, publishing, and public speaking contributions, Michael has been awarded the Berkeley Alumni Pride Scholarship, multiple LGBTQ community service awards from the California State Legislature, and he is a two-time winner of NYU's Social Justice Change Agent Award.