Montano is an expert in care for gender minority youth and organizes the annual Pittsburgh Transgender Conference for health professionals, in partnership with the Persad Center.
Major Lectureships and Seminars
- “The Journey Begins: Initial Medical Management for Transgender Youth,” Trans Pride PGH Professional Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa., September 2016
- “Group-Based Trajectories of Parental Monitoring Components Between Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Girls and Their Associations with Substance Use,” Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine New Investigator Award Lecture, March 2017
- “Beyond Acceptance and Support: Parent-Adolescent Relationship among LGBT Youth,” key-note address, Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association Continuing Education Conference, May 2017
- “Parent-Adolescent Relationship among Sexual Minority Youth.” 5th Annual Adolescent Medicine Symposium, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, May 2017
Professional Affiliations/Society Memberships
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
- Society of Pediatric Research
- Ohio Valley Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine
Education & Training
- DO: Kansas City University of Medicine & Bioscience Kansas City, MO
- MS: University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
- Residency: St John Hospital and Medical Center Detroit, MI
- Fellowships: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, PA
Gerald Montano’s overarching research aim is to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth through the development of community-based and clinical interventions. His research involves identifying and describing differences in parent-child relationships between heterosexual youth and sexual minority youth—youth who identify as gay/lesbian/bisexual, have same-sex attractions, or have same-sex romantic/sexual partners—and the impact these differences have on sexual minority youth health.
Montano is a recipient of two recent grants. The first, titled Identifying Differences in Parental Monitoring between Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Girls throughout Adolescence funded by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Research Advisory Committee, which also seeks identify how monitoring differences influence substance use between the two groups. The study will conduct a secondary data analysis of the Pittsburgh Girl’s Study—a community-wide longitudinal study of young women in the city of Pittsburgh—to identify these differences using multi-level regression and Cox models with non-proportional hazards.
Second, Sexual Minority Youth Substance Use Prevention Strategies (SMYSUPS), funded by the University of Pittsburgh Physician Foundation, seeks to describe the strategies parents use to prevent substance use by their sexual minority children and the experiences these children have with these strategies. Additionally, it seeks input from stakeholders in LGBT health to determine new and novel ways to prevent substance use among sexual minority youth. This study will use in-depth interviews and focus groups to achieve its aims.