The 2016 Trainee Champion of Diversity Award was awarded to Nicholas Grant at the Psychiatry Department Graduation Banquet. This award is given to a trainee based on contributions to diversity in their training program or in the community via research, clinical activities, teaching, or community involvement. Nicholas Grant, a graduating fellow in the VA/UCSD Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program, has made considerable contributions to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) communities within the VA San Diego Health Care System, the greater San Diego community, and at the national level.
Nick came to San Diego from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University where he received training at PAU’s Center for Excellence in Diversity and the Center for LGBT Evidence-based Applied Research. Nick also completed the LGBT Health, Policy & Practice Graduate Certificate Program at The George Washington University.
During his fellowship at the San Diego VA, Nick served as the manager and primary provider of the LGBT Mental Health Program, which aims to provide support to all veterans with diversity of gender identity and sexual identity. He has completed the “LGBT Expert Training” at the VA and helps facilitate this program as an active member of the VA’s LGBT Workgroup. In addition he has collaborated with fellow workgroup members to develop an in-service training for VA providers around delivering culturally competent care and is collaborating with the chair of the workgroup on a writing a chapter entitled “Military and Veteran LGBT Health” for a textbook to be published in 2017.
In the community, Nick volunteers with the LGBT Community Center for special events and reaches out to veterans who may not be aware of the inclusive services and resources provided by the VA. He has also developed a presentation for the Center on the transgender health care services offered through the VA.
On a national level, Nick’s professional service has been even more impressive: He served on the American Psychological Association of Graduate Student’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity and continues to serve as a mentor in that organization’s LGBT Mentoring Program. He recently joined the APA’s Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues, serving on the Committees on Public Policy, Membership, and Convention Programming. Nick is also a member of the APA’s Health Equity Ambassador Program and serves on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association as the co-chair for Health Professionals in Training Committee.
In the research arena, Nick’s dissertation examined the relationships between sexual minority stress, alcohol use and social support in a cohort of middle-age and older lesbian, gay and bisexual adults. He has extensive experience in research on sexual minority stress, including the impact on health disparities and resiliency in LGBT populations.
Next year, Nick will complete an APA Congressional Fellowship in Washington, D.C. to focus on LGBT civil rights and addressing mental health access.
For his dedication and contributions in all of these areas, we salute Nicholas Grant as our 2016 Trainee Champion of Diversity.