Alexander Tatum, PhD presents: Out at Work: Examining the Effects of Workplace Climate on Sexual Minority Occupational and Health Outcomes
Counseling psychology research has drawn attention to workplace sexual identity management, which is a process characterized by revealing or hiding a lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) identity at work. Specifically, numerous occupational outcomes (e.g., job satisfaction or turnover intentions) and mental health outcomes (e.g., depression or anxiety) are associated with coming out or remaining in the closet. One of the most salient predictors of these occupational and health outcomes is the surrounding workplace climate. This talk will review the literature on workplace sexual identity management, dissect a recent study on the moderating effect of workplace climate, and explore future health outcomes researchers can focus on to promote workplace equity for LGB employees.
Alex Tatum, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality with research and clinical interests in LGBTQ mental health, minority stress, compulsive sexual behavior, romantic relationship concerns, and substance use/abuse. He received his doctorate from Loyola University Chicago, and his dissertation examined the effects of workplace environments on sexual minority employees’ work satisfaction. As a clinician, Dr. Tatum integrates existential, client-centered, and cognitive-behavioral techniques to address underlying stress associated with relational and/or sexual concerns. His previous clinical work includes psychotherapy and assessment experience at university counseling centers and community mental health clinics in the Twin Cities, Chicago, and Atlanta metropolitan areas.