Christian Huygen, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Rainbow Heights Club

Christian Huygen has served as executive director of Rainbow Heights Club, a psychosocial support and advocacy program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in recovery from mental illness, since 2002.  He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research. 

Past and present research interests include collective remembering and social categorization; autobiographical memory in changing social contexts; and the effectiveness of culturally specific psychosocial and support services to marginalized psychiatric populations.

Dr. Huygen serves as provider co-chair of the LGBT Citywide Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability, and Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services for the NYC DOHMH Federation.  He also serves as co-chair of the Technical Assistance Committee of the Empire State Pride Agenda's LGBT Health and Human Services Network, and in this capacity helped to oversee a groundbreaking statewide needs assessment regarding the health and human service needs of LGBT New Yorkers.  He was recently appointed to the New York State Office of Mental Health's Multicultural Advisory Committee.

Through Rainbow Heights Club's E/Quality Care Program (, Dr. Huygen has provided trainings to mainstream care providers and consumers in how to effectively meet the needs of LGBT people in recovery, reaching over 3,000 individuals at more than 200 agencies, hospitals and clinics.  He recently presented at state and national conferences including DiversityRx, US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, the New York Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill - New York State Chapter, and was the lead organizer on three New York City E/Quality Care Conferences.


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Recent publications: 
Azar, Beth (2011).  A sense of belonging (profile of Christian Huygen and Rainbow Heights Club), APA Monitor, February 2011.  

Rosenberg , S., Rosenberg, J., Huygen, C., and Klein, E. (2005). No need to hide: Out of the closet and mentally ill. Best practices in mental health: An international journal, 1, 72-85.

, S., Rosenberg, J., Huygen, C., and Klein, E. (2006). Stigma, sexual orientation, and mental illness: A community mental health perspective. In Community Mental Health: Challenges for the 21st Century, Rosenberg, J., and Rosenberg, S., Eds. Routledge.

Huygen, C. (2009).  Reaching out to the LGBT population.  Behavioral Healthcare, January 2009, 38-40.

Personal interests:
Bicycling, cooking, opera (favorite productions of the past few years:  Giulio Cesare, Semele, Wozzeck, The Enchanted Island, From the House of the Dead), theater (favorite recent shows:  Mr. Burns, The Good Person of Szechuan, The Lily's Revenge), books (A Song of Ice and Fire, and the new Mary Jo Bang translation of Dante's Inferno), metal (Isis, Cult of Luna, Insomnium), post-rock (Stereolab, Stereolab, Stereolab), and board games (Through the Ages, Robinson Crusoe, Arkham Horror, Cult of Cthulhu (the card game), Terra Mystica).
I've studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism according to the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche for the past 25 years.  May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.

This website was last updated on October 1, 2013.