Beattie Smith Lecture 2017 - The Mental Health of Sexual Minorities

Free Public Lecture

Ian Potter Auditorium
Kenneth Myer Building
30 Royal Parade, Parkville


Research shows that people from minority sexual groups are vulnerable to discrimination, stress and consequent mental health and alcohol problems. In this lecture, Professor Michael King will present some of this research and discuss the nature of homo- and transphobia, why these seem to be almost universal across cultures and ages, and what we might do to reduce such prejudice.

Michael King is based in the Division of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL. A psychiatric epidemiologist, he has a particular interest in the design and conduct of randomised trials of complex mental health interventions in primary and secondary care.  He is joint-director of PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit, which specialises in the conduct of clinical trials in community settings.  He undertakes observational research which includes national surveys of mental health in the UK, and cohort studies in European populations to understand the risks for mental disorders. 


  • Professor Michael King
    Professor Michael King, Professor of Primary Care Psychology, Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Brain Sciences