In this course, Dr. Faith provides parents first with education about various sexual orientations and gender identities. Then, Dr. Faith provides information about risks and stresses for teens who identify gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or another sexual or gender minority group. Finally, Dr. Faith provides concrete recommendations for ways in which parents can best support their teens. Dr. Faith is strongly committed to “evidence-based treatments,” which means only recommending things that the research shows are helpful.
What you’ll learn
How parents can best support their teens
How to discuss sexual orientation with young people
Dr. Melissa Faith, Ph.D., ABPP
PhD in clinical psychology
Dr. Faith is a licensed psychologist and a board certified specialist in clinical child and adolescent psychology. Her subspecialties include pediatric cancer and blood disorders, where she has subspecialized since 2011. Dr. Faith sees patients, teaches, and conducts research, with all three of these domains being integral parts of her workweek. She has published numerous research studies, dating back as far as 2005 and including 8 research studies alone in 2018.
Her research and clinical practice is primarily in pediatric cancer and blood disorders but also includes work in bullying, educating physicians and other medical professionals, and helping adolescents who are sexual and gender minorities (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) receive optimal healthcare. She also has specific expertise in “emotion socialization,” which refers to the ways parents teach children and adolescents how to identify, understand, and cope with positive and negative emotions. Dr. Faith has been the chair of her institution’s anti-bullying workgroup for over 5 years and continues to advocate for all children to enjoy safe learning environments.