Kimberly  Balsam, PhD

Kimberly Balsam, PhD

Palo Alto University

Chair, Department of Psychology, Professor, Director of the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis, Director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research (CLEAR)

Expertise: community mental healthLGBTQ PsychologyTraumaDepressionAnxiety

Kimberly F. Balsam, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Vermont in 2003 and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from University of Oregon in 1994.  She completed a predoctoral internship at the VA Puget Sound in Seattle, WA from 2002-2003, a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Washington from 2003-2006, and was Research Assistant Professor in the UW School of Social Work from 2007-2012. 

Dr. Balsam’s research focuses broadly on the health and well-being of stigmatized populations, with an emphasis on ethnically diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and queer people. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, many in top journals in the field of psychology.  She has also authored numerous book chapters related to LGBTQ psychology and is the editor of the 2004 book Trauma, stress, and resilience among sexual minority women: Rising like the Phoenix.  Dr. Balsam has been the principal investigator on grants funded by National Institutes of Health continuously since 2003.  Most recently, she was awarded an R01 grant from NICHD to conduct a 10 year longitudinal follow up study of same-sex and heterosexual couples previously surveyed in 2001-2 (R01HD069370, Longitudinal study of legal status, stigma, and well-being among diverse couples). CUPPLES Study. Current projects in collaboration with students include studies of Compassion Cultivation Training with LGBTQ adults, transgender and gender nonconforming parents, emotion and behavior among transgender and cisgender adults, and gender diversity/non-binary gender within LGBTQ communities.  Dr. Balsam supervises student research in the RISE (Research on Intersectional Sexual and gender minority Experiences) lab. RISE.

Dr. Balsam is Past President of APA’s Division 44 (Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity) and is currently Co-Chair of the Division 44 Task Force on Racism. She is also a Fellow of this Division and was the 2010 recipient of their Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. Her presidential columns detailing her activities during her presidential year, which focused on intersectionality, non-binary identities, mentoring, and dissemination can be found here http://www.apadivisions.org/division-44/publications/newsletters/division/2017/06/index.aspx

Dr. Balsam also has a 20-year history of clinical practice in a wide range of settings including community mental health, correctional, inpatient, and most recently private practice.  Her clinical interests include cognitive behavioral therapy with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, and PTSD and couples therapy with same-sex and heterosexual couples. 

At PAU, Dr. Balsam is Professor, Director of the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis, and Director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research. She teaches research methods and clinically-oriented courses in the Ph.D. program and psychopathology in the M.S. program.


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Victimization over the life span: a comparison of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual siblings.

847

2005

Measuring multiple minority stress: the LGBT People of Color Microaggressions Scale.

790

2011

Adaptation to sexual orientation stigma: a comparison of bisexual and lesbian/gay adults.

665

2007

Relationship quality and domestic violence in women's same-sex relationships: The role of minority stress

539

2005

Development of the gender minority stress and resilience measure.

347

2015

Money, housework, sex, and conflict: Same-sex couples in civil unions, those not in civil unions, and heterosexual married siblings

306

2005

Mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual siblings: effects of gender, sexual orientation, and family.

296

2005

Three-year follow-up of same-sex couples who had civil unions in Vermont, same-sex couples not in civil unions, and heterosexual married couples.

284

2008

Psychosocial correlates of internalized homophobia in lesbians

279

2001

Pioneers in partnership: lesbian and gay male couples in civil unions compared with those not in civil unions and married heterosexual siblings.

264

2004

Disparities in health-related quality of life: A comparison of lesbians and bisexual women

205

2010

Culture, trauma, and wellness: A comparison of heterosexual and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and two-spirit Native Americans.

196

2004

Social support, trans community connectedness, and mental health symptoms among transgender and gender nonconforming adults.

194

2015

Suicidal ideation in transgender people: gender minority stress and interpersonal theory factors.

189

2017

A pilot study of behavioral activation for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder

174

2006

Childhood abuse and mental health indicators among ethnically diverse lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults.

159

2010

The Daily Heterosexist Experiences Questionnaire: Measuring minority stress among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults

156

2013

Nowhere to hide: Lesbian battering, homophobia, and minority stress

154

2001

Lesbian and bisexual mothers and nonmothers: Demographics and the coming-out process.

148

2002

Heterosexual, lesbian, and gay male relationships: A comparison of couples in 1975 and 2000

134

2011

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