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Joyce Hunter
(? - living) U.S.A.

Joyce Hunter

Human rights activist, researcher, and clinician<


Joyce has been a clinician for over 30 years, specializing in issues relating to youth, women, HIV/ AIDS, and the LGBT communities. She is Co-Director of the Community Collaborative Core at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies/New York State Psychiatric Institute.

At the HIV Center, she is also Principal Investigator of a community-based research project for dissemination of an HIV prevention program for LGB adolescents, that includes a video entitled, " Working It Out", which she co-developed, about coming out and coping with stressful situations, stigma, harassment and violence. Joyce is also Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatric Social Work, Dept. of Psychiatry, College of Physicians & Surgeons and Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health, Sociomedical Sciences, at Columbia in NY.

Joyce is the former President of the National Lesbian & Gay Health Association (1991-96). She is Co-Chair of Global AIDS Action Network and a former member, Governing Council, International AIDS Society (IAS). As a clinical social worker, Joyce has done direct casework with GLBT and heterosexual adolescents, runaway street youth, and pregnant teens. As a founding member of the Hetrick-Martin Institute Board, she developed a counseling program, a drop-in center/social space, and an outreach project to street/homeless youth. She is co-founder of the agency's Harvey Milk School and served as Director/Clinical Supervisor, Social Work Services, at the Institute.

Joyce was Coordinator of the Student Health Society at Hunter College, developing and supervising a peer counseling program. She was also a spokesperson for Lesbian Rising at Hunter College. She was also a spokesperson for the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights, which fought for the civil rights of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in New York City. Joyce also co-coordinated the First National Lesbian and Gay March on Washington in 1979. In addition, she has served as a Human Rights Commissioner of New York City, 1983-1988 and served on the New York State Governor's Task Force on Lesbian and Gay Concerns.

Since 1976, Joyce has been a community activist on women's health care issues. Currently, as founding member of the Women's Caucus of the International AIDS Society (1992), she is IAS Liaison to the Caucus, advocating for women's rights and to ensure that women's issues are acted upon in the larger organization. She has co-coordinated pre-conference satellite meetings and symposiums at several World AIDS Conferences, most recently in Thailand, Spain, and in South Africa in April, 2005.

Joyce has conducted clinical training for professionals and graduate schools in the health care, mental health, and education fields. Her articles have been published in journals and books. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, a reviewer for Families in Society Journal, and was Consulting Editor of the Encyclopedia of AIDS. In addition, Joyce is a member of a Center for Substance Abuse Treatment /SAMHSA' s CSAT Committee for the Development of "A Provider's Guide to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals," Washington, D.C. She recently received a Special Civil Rights Award from the New York City Council for her work in human rights.


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