David Abbott, LLB, MPhil, MSc

David Abbott, LLB, MPhil, MSc, is Head of School & Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bristol, UK. He is a leading social scientist in various arenas of “frontier research”: “…a central feature of my work has been the privilege and excitement of asking new and important questions in previously neglected areas.” In the LGBT arena, David led a pioneering study which explored the lives of LGBT men and women with intellectual disabilities and is co-author of “Secret Loves, Hidden Lives? Exploring issues for people with
learning difficulties who are gay, lesbian or bisexual” published by The Policy Press in 2005.

A current study explores the experiences of LGBT Disabled people who access social care support and is in partnership with leading, user-led campaigning organisations Stonewall and Regard. The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research of which David is an Associate Director.

“This project will contribute to research about LGBT, disability and adult social care. It will produce a range of online resources to support LGBT-disabled people, their supporters and social care providers.”

He has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles in multiple areas, as well as contributed book chapters to seminal professional books. In the LGBT area he is author or co-author of articles which include such titles as:

– Love in a Cold Climate: Changes in the fortunes of LGBT men and women with learning disabilities? British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 43 (2), 100-105

– Nudge, nudge, wink, wink: Love, sex and gay men with intellectual disabilities – a helping hand or a human right? Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57 (11) 1079-1087

– Still Off-Limits? Staff Views on Supporting Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People with Intellectual Disabilities to Develop Sexual and Intimate Relationships’, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 20 (2) 116-126

– What’s Love Got to Do with It? The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People with Intellectual Disabilities and the Views of the Staff that Support them’, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 4 (1) 27-39

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Y. Gavriel Ansara, PhD, MSc

Y. Gavriel Ansara, PhD, MSc, Ansara Psychotherapy (Sydney & Distance); Drug & Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC); Professional Supervisor (Counselling Team): Working It Out (Tasmania) – Australia. Dr. Gávi is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, health and social policy, and international human rights and social justice. Dr Gávi received the National Psychology Postgraduate Teaching Award (2011) from the UK Higher Education Academy for excellence in teaching, the
Transgender Research Award (2012) from the American Psychological Association for a significant and original research contribution to the field, and the Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Achievement Award (2016) from the University of Surrey for his outstanding contributions to standards and policies in international human rights and social justice.

Dr Gávi was the primary author of the first empirical study of cisgenderism to be published in a peer-reviewed journal and has pioneered the emerging field of cisgenderism studies. His published findings of cisgenderism in psychological research and guidelines for reducing cisgenderism in psychological research have been formally acknowledged as the catalysts that led to the review and change of the official World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) language policy.

Dr Gávi was a co-author of the first national study of intersex Australians, the sole author of a policy white paper that critiques data integrity gaps in Australian Standards for collecting sex and gender information, the author of national inclusive language guidelines adopted by several federal government bodies and professional peak bodies in the aged care and health sectors, and a member of the national working group that advised the Australian Attorney-General’s Department on the review of national guidelines on the recognition of sex and gender.

He has authored over 50 original policy submissions to federal inquiries; contributed to Australian federal legislative and policy changes relevant to sex, sexuality, gender, and relationships; and testified for Australian Senate Inquiries related to funding for health services, care and management of people living with dementia, and the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people. He also authored a successful application to Australia’s federal Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme to challenge new discriminatory restrictions in hormone access for consenting people of trans and/or non-binary gender and consenting intersex people.

Dr Gávi owns and administrates Ansara Psychotherapy, a non-pathologizing and person-directed psychotherapy and counselling practice that uses polycultural approaches and applies social justice principles. He is a National Executive Committee Member and Co-Chair of the NSW State Chapter of the Australian LGBTIQ Multicultural Council.

Dr Gávi has been a Researcher for the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC), Australia’s only multicultural-specific drug and alcohol service. He has also been a Senior Research Consultant for Scotland’s Equality Network, where he was co-author of Equality Network guidelines on working with people of ‘LGBTIQ’ background who are refugees or seeking asylum and co-author of a guide for providing health and social care services for people with intersectional needs due to having more than one federally protected characteristic.

He is on the editorial board of Developmental Psychology, The International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Behavioral Sciences. His diverse professional background includes university lecturing, crisis intervention team supervision, group facilitation, youth and family casework, leading a health research and policy unit for a national peak body, hospital-based psychosocial support, and community-based outreach.

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Dr. Jaime Barrientos

Dr. Jaime Barrientos, Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile. Dr. Barrientos is a pioneer in LGBT research in Chile. His research focuses on homophobic violence, the impact of prejudice, and discrimination on the mental health of LGBT individuals. He has also conducted research on MSM and MtF in Chile. He has adapted and validated different measures on homophobic violence in Chile. He belongs to the editorial board of numerous Latin American research journal in
psychology, and is the author or co-author of numerous peer review research articles on LGBT issues.

He recently authored a monograph entitled Violencia Homofóbica en América Latina y Chile [Homophobic Violence in Latin America and Chile].

He has also authored or co-authored numerous book chapters to monographs and textbooks in psychology, many of which are devoted to LGBT issues.

Examples include “Gay men and male-to-female transgender persons in Chile: an exploratory quantitative study on stigma, discrimination, victimization, happiness and social well-being” in Sexual Orientation and Transgender Issues in Organizations: Global Perspectives on LGBT Workforce Diversity (Thomas Köllen, Ed.) , Springer International Publishing, 2012; and “Homosexualidades y Homofobias en América Latina” [Homosexualities and Homophobias in Chile] in Psicología, Sociedad y Equidad: Aportes y Desafíos (Claudia Zúñiga, ed.), Santiago de Chile: Colección Praxis Psicológica.

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Dinesh Bhugra, CBE

Dinesh Bhugra, CBE, Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Diversity, King’s College (London). Dr. Bhugra is an internationally known, widely published, and often-quoted authority in mental health and psychiatry. He is former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is currently President of the World Psychiatric Association, and is the first openly gay man to hold that position. He is the Editor of three major peer review journals: the International Review of Psychiatry; the International Journal of
Social Psychiatry, and the International Journal of Culture & Mental Health. He is on the Editorial Board or acts as Advisory Editor for more than 20 academic journals.

His commentaries on psychiatry and mental health have be published in such esteemed outlets as The Guardian, the New York Times, the BBC News Magazine, The Times (UK), The Financial Times, and many more. His research interests include topics across social and public health psychiatry. They include cross-cultural psychiatry, migrant mental health, professionalism in psychiatry, depression, psychosexual medicine, service provision, and decision-making processes. He has become an important authority on these issues, having published over 180 papers in high impact peer-review journals, 100 editorials and invited papers, 90 book chapters, and 30 authored or edited books.

In the LGBT area, Dr. Bhugra has published several key articles pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity particularly as they relate to professional attitudes and social acceptance. He has also published key original work pertaining to sexual dysfunction and the paraphilias.

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Dr. Dinesh Bhugar – Wikipedia
Dr. Dinseh Bhugra – Official Website

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Jacek Borzyszkowski, Ph.D.

Jacek Borzyszkowski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economy Sciences, Koszalin University of Technology, Koszalin, Poland. Dr. Borzyszkowski’s scholarly/researcher interests include the search for factors affecting LGBT tourism activities, including contemporary tourism trends and also tourism policy, marketing in tourism and destination management organizations’ (DMOs) activities. Together with Adrian Lubowiecki-Vikuk, he is a prolific co-author of critically important articles in peer-review journals
that focus on dealing with the development of services in the leisure, tourism and hospitality sector offered to the LGBT community in Poland. These studies include both domestic and foreign tourists.

Examples of articles or book chapters he has authored or co-authored include: “Społeczność LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender) – atrakcyjny segment współczesnego rynku turystycznego” [LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community: an attractive segment of the present-day tourist market] (Studia Periegetica 2012), “Travel destinations of Polish LGBT community” (Researches Reviews of the Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, 2016) and Tourist activity of LGBT [Persons] in European post-communist states: The case of Poland (Economics and Sociology 2016).

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Henny Bos, Ph.D.

Henny Bos, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences Graduate School of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, College of Child Development and Education, Research Institute of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is a leading international scholar in multiple LGBTQ areas, and especially those pertaining to LGBTQ families. She has conducted extensive studies pertaining to Dutch lesbian families. In collaboration with Professor M.E. Lamb
and Professor S. Golombok (University of Cambridge, UK), Dr. O. Vecho (Universite Paris Ouest-Nanterre La Defense, France) and Dr. M. Gross (Centre d’Etudes interdisciplinaires des faits, France), Dr. Bos and Dr. L. van Gelderen are working on a study of gay fathers who became parents through surrogacy. Dr. Bos is also co-investigator of the US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (conducted by Dr. Nanette Gatrell). This study is the longest-running and largest prospective investigation of lesbian mothers and their children in the United States.

Dr. Bos has authored or co-authored over 50 articles in top-ranked peer review journals, many pertaining to LGBTQ/family life/sexuality issues. Amongst these are “Gender nonconformiteit, stigmatisering, en psychologisch welzijn van Nederlandse lesbische, homoseksuele, en biseksuele jongeren [Gender nonconformity, and psychological well-being in Dutch lesbian, gay and bisexual youth]” (with L. Baams) Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie, 38, 86-94; “Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gays Among American and Dutch Adolescents,” (with L.K. Collier, S.S. Horn S. & Th. G.M. Sandfort) Journal of Sex Research Feb 2014; and Collier, K., Van Beusekom, G., Bos, H.M.W., & Sandfort, T.G.M. (2013); and “The consequences of peer victimization related to sexual orientation and gender identity or expression: A systematic review” (with K. Collier, Van Beusekom, and T.G.M. Sandfort) Journal of Sex Research, 50, 299-317. Dr. Bos co-authored with Th. G.M. Sandfort & R. Vet. Lesbians and gay men at work: consequences of being out. In A.M. Omoto, & H.S. Kurtzman (Ed.), Sexual orientation, mental health, and substance use: contemporary scientific perspectives (pp. 225–245). London: Sage Publications (2005).

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Richard Bränström, PhD

Richard Bränström, PhD, is Researcher/Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Division of Psychology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and also currently Visiting Associate Professor, Yale School of Public Health, Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology (Social & Behavioral Sciences). Richard’s main research interests are the study of social determinants of health and health-related behaviors, as well as, the effects of internet-based psychological treatments. For this research he
draws upon his training both as a clinical psychologist and as an epidemiologist in order to increase our understanding of how psychological and social factors influence health, and how these influences can be modified.

More specifically, he studies how social, psychological and contextual factors influence the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

For this research, he uses both social epidemiological, psychological, and socioecological models to understand the influence of stigma and discrimination on physical and mental health disparities based on sexual orientation.

He is also currently involved studies testing the efficacy of internet-based psychological interventions to increase resilience and decrease psychological distress both among different patient groups, including sexual minority adolescents and sexual minority young adults.

Richard has authored or co-authored over 40 peer reviewed journal articles in high impact scholarly periodicals. Many of these focus on LGBT issues. He has served as ad hoc reviewer for over 60 scholarly journals.

Currently, Richard is Principle Investigator for the Swedish Research Council on the research project, “Sexual orientation disparities in physical and mental health: the influence of minority stress, biomarkers of disease, and familial factors.”

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David J. Brennan, PhD

David J. Brennan, PhD, Associate Professor, OHTN Chair in Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health (Social Work); Director, CRUISElab (; Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, is a leading international scholar whose research focuses on the health needs of gay and bisexual men and particularly those who have been marginalized by a number of socio-cultural factors including age, race, and HIV status. Professor Brennan’s more recent work includes examining how gay men
use online spaces and apps for social and sexual connections as well as for health education and service access. He has examined the impact of racism on body image among gay men of colour, and the role of resilience in indigenizing health research among Aboriginal two-spirit men living long term with HIV.

He has also examined the impact of several factors on HIV risk for gay and bisexual men including the role of a history of childhood sexual abuse, optimistic beliefs about HIV treatment. He has also examined psychosocial issues related too aging for those living with HIV. Finally, he has examined the ways in which we measure sexual orientation in population-based health studies as well as the resiliencies, strengths, and assets that gay and bisexual men have that prevent them for becoming infected with HIV.

He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals in his areas of interest and research expertise. Examples of articles he has authored or co-authored include: “Experience and impact of online outreach services among men who use the Internet to seek sex with other men (MISM) in Ontario, Canada.” Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(12), e277. (2105) doi:10.2196/jmir.4503; “Men’s Sexual Orientation and Health in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Public Health, Vol. 101. No.3 (2010); “Masculinity, Muscularity, and HIV Sexual Risk Among Gay and Bisexual Men of Color.” Psychology of Men & Masculinity, (2015). “Never reflected anywhere:” Body image among ethnoracialized gay and bisexual men. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 10(3), 389-398. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.03.006 and (2103); “History of childhood sexual abuse and HIV risk behaviors in gay and bisexual men,” American Journal of Public Health. 97(6) (2007).
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Venkatesan Chakrapani, MD

Venkatesan Chakrapani, MD, Founding Director & Chairperson, Centre for Sexuality and Health Research and Policy, Chennai, India; and Research Advisor, The Humsafar Trust, Mumbai, India. Dr. Venkatesan Chakrapani is Chairperson of Centre for Sexuality and Health Research and Policy (C-SHaRP), a not-for-profit research agency, in Chennai, India. He completed his MD in Sexually Transmitted Diseases from the Institute of Venereology in Madras Medical College, India. In collaboration with community agencies, he has served
as Principal Investigator for several research projects that contributed to improving the health of marginalized communities such as sexual and gender minorities, and people living with HIV. The focus of his studies among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people have been on: barriers to HIV prevention and treatment services; contextual and structural influences on HIV risk; social/sexual networks and sexual risk; stigma/discrimination, structural violence and syndemics; and impact of sexual/gender minority stigma on mental health and HIV risk, and acceptability of new HIV prevention technologies like pre-exposure prophylaxis. His additional area of expertise is evidence-based health and policy advocacy related to MSM and hiras/transgender people in India and South Asia.

He is part of Indian National AIDS Control Organization’s Technical Resource Groups on MSM and transgender people. He was the recipient of NIH Fogarty fellowship at Yale University, USA; and the Fund for Leadership Development Fellowship of the MacArthur Foundation.

Dr. Chakrapani has authored or co-authored over 30 major peer-reviewed journal articles in high impact journals, many devoted to HIV treatment/prevention and sexual/gender minority health care. He has also authored or co-authored several book chapters and reports, many dealing with international aspects of sexual health and HIV prevention/treatment, with a focus on MSM and transgender populations, and people living with HIV.

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Mark Cornwall, PhD

Mark Cornwall, PhD, is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Southampton and specializes in the LGBT history of East-Central Europe. He is also the UK’s leading historian of the late Habsburg Empire. He is currently writing a history of Treason in Austria-Hungary, supported by a Major Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2017-20). His prize-winning monograph, The Devil’s Wall: The Nationalist Youth Mission of Heinz Rutha (Harvard University Press, 2012) analyzes how
homosexuality, youth and fascism became entwined in the Czech lands and produced one of the major homosexual scandals of interwar Europe. His study opens up the question of homosexuality in the context of Czech-German relations: through the homoerotic Sudeten German youth movement, through Rutha’s own conflicted sexuality, and through his mission to train a cohort of young men as the vanguard of a German national revival in Czech space. It is the only book in English which examines homosexuality in the Czech lands.

His other interests pertaining to LGBT history of central Europe involve organizing the annual Southampton Stonewall Lecture in February each year (given in 2017 by Professor Dagmar Herzog (CUNY)); and teaching a course to undergraduates about Alternative Sexualities (from Plato to NATO).

He is on the editorial boards of Austrian History Yearbook; The Slavonic and East European Review; Contemporary European History; Central Europe; Bohemia; and First World War Studies; and on the academic council of the Collegium Carolinum research center (Munich, Germany).

He has published extensively in major high-impact history journals, as well as editing several collected works on the subjects of war memory, Czechoslovakia, and the collapse of Austria-Hungary.

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Shelley L. Craig, PhD

Shelley L. Craig, PhD, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, is an internationally respected leader in the field of sexual minority and gender diverse populations. She is a Fellow of the Society for Social Work Research and amongst numerous other honors, was named inspirational Social Work Leader 2015 by the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Dr. Craig’s research focuses on the social determinants of health and mental health and the impact of the service delivery system on vulnerable populations.
Her primary specializations are: (1) the needs of sexual and gender minority youth and subsequent program development and service delivery (2) the roles and interventions used by health social workers to impact the social determinants of health (3) developing competent social work practitioners through effective social work education.

As principal investigator she has recently developed and tested several interventions for sexual and gender minority youth including Strengths-First, a resilience-focused case management program for youth at risk, ASSET, an empowering group model and funded through the Canadian Institute of Health Research, AFFIRM, an affirmative cognitive-behavioral group intervention. Funding from SSHRC has allowed Dr. Craig to further understand the influence of the media on the resilience and identity of this vulnerable population. Other projects include a HIV prevention intervention for minority youth involved with the juvenile justice system, identified the HIV testing patterns of older Latinas; HIV prevention for Latina transgender sex workers, and the use of mental health services by urban gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth. Dr. Craig directed an extensive community research plan, as well as developed and established a multi-million dollar comprehensive service delivery system for sexual minority youth and their families. She has also been PI of an international study of LGBTQ students in social work programs called Social Work Speaks Out (

Dr. Craig is currently Co-Chair of the Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE) of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Additionally, In the LGBTQ arena, Dr. Craig has authored or co-authored over forty peer review journal articles pertaining to sexual minority and gender diverse individuals.

Her wealth of academic leadership activities includes manuscript reviewing for numerous peer review journals which include the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, Journal of Homosexuality, and the Journal of LGBT Youth.

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Dominic Davies

Dominic Davies, Fellow BACP, MNCP Accred. is one of the leaders of LGBT counseling and psychotherapy in the United Kingdom. He is founder and CEO of PINK THERAPY, the largest independent therapy organization working with gender and sexual diversity clients. In 2007 he was made a fellow of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy for his outstanding contributions to the field. He is on the editorial board of Psychology & Sexuality, and was previously a board member of the
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy. He was co-editor of three seminal professional volumes on LGBT inteventions: Pink Therapy; Pink Therapy Vol. 2: Therapeutic Perspectives on Working with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients; and Pink Therapy Vol. 3: Issues in Therapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual and Transgender Clients (all published by Open University Press). He is a member of the following international bodies: World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), World Association for Sexology (WAS), Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS), and the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).

In 2014 he was listed at Number 28 on the Independent on Sunday’s Rainbow List of 101 LGBT people who have made a difference to British society.

Dominic Davies, founder of Pink Therapy in the UK, discusses with leading colleagues the growing expansion of the LGBT umbrella to include multi-faceted sexual and gender minorities

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Aaron H. Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE

Aaron H. Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE, Research Chair in Transgender Studies and Founder and Academic Director, The Transgender Archives; Professor of Sociology, University of Victoria (Canada). Dr. Aaron H Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE, holds the world’s only Research Chair in Transgender Studies and has been studying and teaching about transgender topics for more than thirty years. He was one of the authors of versions 6 and 7 of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH)
Standards of Care, and is overseeing the translation of version 7 into several world languages. He is working on the development of version 8. He is the author of numerous well-cited scholarly articles, and the widely-acclaimed books FTM: Female-To-Male Transsexuals in Society (2016, 1997), Lambda-Literary-Awards-finalist The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future (2014), and Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality (1989).

He has delivered lectures to audiences around the world, including more than 20 keynote and plenary addresses. He is a national-award-winning teacher, an elected member of the elite International Academy of Sex Research, an elected Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

He serves on the Editorial Boards the Archives of Sexual Behavior, The Journal of Sex Research, and the Transgender Studies Quarterly. In addition he has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Homosexuality and the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, as well as other major LGBT/gender/sexuality research journals.

Dr. Devor, an out trans man, is the Founder and Academic Director of the world’s largest Transgender Archives, a former Dean of Graduate Studies (2002-2012), and also Professor of Sociology, at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

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Ralf Dose, MA

Ralf Dose, MA, Co-founder and Director of the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft (Magnus Hirschfeld Society) Berlin, Germany. Ralf Dose has authored numerous publications on sex education, homosexuality, the gay movement, the history of sex research, and especially on German sex researcher Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) and his Institute for sexual science (1919-1933). He is the author of the biography “Magnus Hirschfeld: Deutscher, Jude, Weltbürger” (Teetz: Hentrich & Hentrich, 2005. English translation by
Edward H. Willis. Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement. Monthly Review Press, 2014 (available here).

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Jacqui Gabb, PhD

Jacqui Gabb, PhD, is Professor of Sociology & Intimacy, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Open University (United Kingdom). Jacqui Gabb explores interdisciplinary approaches for research and theory which focuses on intimacy and personal relationships, working in the fields of Family and Sexuality Studies. Jacqui also has established interests in mixed methods and multiple qualitative methods research, and has completed RCUK-funded projects on couple relationships, lesbian parenthood, intimacy and sexuality
in families, and post-divorce fatherhood. Recently Jacqui’s ESRC-funded study was on long-term couple relationships Enduring Love? (RES-063-23-3056). This received widespread critical acclaim, with findings being reported in the national and international media, and published in academic, self-help, relationship support and educational formats.

Jacqui was Co-editor (2010-2016) of the journal Families, Relationships, Societies, and now serves as Coordinator of the International Advisory Board for this international journal published by Policy Press.

Other editorial roles include: Chair of the Editorial Board for the journal Sociological Research Online (2008-2011), Associate Editorial Board member for Sociology (2008-2010), and Editorial Assistant of Feminist Theory (1998-2001).

Jacqui’s work has been recognised by three prestigious awards: the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial prize (2009) for best sole-authored first book in Sociology, the Open University Engaging Research Award (2014), the Evelyn Gillian Research Impact Award (2016).

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Richard Harding

Richard Harding, Ph.D., is Director of Global Programs and Partnerships, Cicely Saunders Institute, Faculty of Life Science and Medicine, King’s College, London. Here he has launched a new study called ACCESSCare: Advanced Cancer Care Equality Strategy for Sexual Minorities, funded by Marie Curie Cancer Care, and which is looking to improve demand for, and supply of, palliative care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people. He has co-authored a seminal contribution, “Needs, experiences and preferences of
sexual minorities for end-of-life care and palliative care: a systematic review,” (Journal of Palliative Medicine, 2012, Vol. 15 (5)). He is also a board member of the LGBT Advisory Group for Palliative and End of Life Care. Dr. Harding is also Honorary Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, and Director of African Palliative Care, Cicely Saunders International; and Reader, Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, Cicely Saunders Institute. He has developed and spearheaded the African program within his Department, and is currently Director of the African Program for Cicely Saunders International. He is an internationally distinguished leader in the field of hospice, palliative, and end-of-life care, as well as HIV and related health-care areas, with over 200 peer-review journal articles to his credit, as well as multiple book chapters and book reviews. Amongst other positions held he is on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Pain & Symptom Management; editorial board member of AIDS Care; and associate editor for BMC Research Methods. He has most recently been invited as the invited speaker for the British HIV Association (“HIV and Quality of Life”).

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Peter Hegarty, PhD

Peter Hegarty, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Surrey (United Kingdom). Peter is a social psychologist and historian of psychology focusing on sexuality and gender. He has been particularly interested in the sexual politics of rational thinking, and his applied this interest to study sense-making about science about group differences, and the sexual politics of intelligence testing. Peter joins his interests in social psychology and history in his research on intersex, and he is an active Member of the European Network
for Psychosocial Studies in Intersex/Diverse Sexual Development (DSD).

In 2013 he published “Gentlemen’s disagreement: Alfred Kinsey, Lewis Terman, and the sexual politics of smart men” (University of Chicago Press), and in 2017 will publish From homophobia to LGBT: A recent history of lesbian and gay psychology (Routledge/Taylor & Francis).

He has authored or co-authored over 100 other publications, many related to LGBTQIA issues.

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Seung-Sup Kim, MD, MPH, ScD

Seung-Sup Kim, MD, MPH, ScD, School of Health Policy & Management, College of Health Science and Department of Public Health Sciences, Graduate School, Korea University; and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Kim is a leading authority in social epidemiology in South Korea. He has authored or co-authored over 30 peer review high impact Journal articles. In the LGBT arena, some of his work includes such articles as “Social stigma and medical
marginalization in healthcare service among transgender people in South Korea” (Korean J of Sociology, forthcoming); “Transgender People’s Access to Health Care in Korea” (Health and Social Welfare Review. 2015); and “LGBTQI Health Research in South Korea: A systematic Review. Health and Social Science. 2014).
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Gail Knudson MD, MEd, FRCPC

Gail Knudson MD, MEd, FRCPC, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Consultant Psychiatrist at Vancouver Coastal Health, Expert Medical Advisor for Trans Care BC, and Chair of the BC Trans Clinical Care Group. Dr. Knudson currently serves as President of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and Co-Chair of WPATH’s Global Education Initiative. She is a founder and former President of the Canadian Professional Association
for Transgender Health (CPATH).

She has also held leadership positions within the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.

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Travis Kong

Travis Kong, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. He is one of the most eminent authorities in the area of male homosexuality, commercial sex, and men’s studies in East Asian culture. He has published some of the most authoritative work to date on “money boys” (male/migrant sex workers) in China, and their importance in the study of sexual health and HIV prevention.
Dr. Kong is now the co-editor of Sexualities, one of the most prestigious international journals in the field of sexuality; it adopts a social science research-based qualitative approach to investigate human sexualities.

His single-authored work, Chinese Male Homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and Golden Boy (Routledge, 2011), investigates Chinese gay masculinity, desire, sexuality, intimacy, identity, and citizenship in contemporary Chinese societies and within global culture. Dr. Kong elucidates 90 life stories of Chinese men he interviewed in Hong Kong, London, and mainland China, and extensive ethnographic field trips over ten years.

This major book shows that different gay male identities — such as the conspicuously consuming memba in Hong Kong, the urban tongzhi or “money boy” in China, and the feminized “golden boy” in London – emerge in different locations, and all become intrinsically involved in the transnational flow of queer cultures, both local and global. He has published over 15 peer-review articles as well as numerous book chapters and invited presentations on various aspects of sexuality in contemporary China, ranging from male homosexuality (e.g., gay identity, intimacy, masculinity, LGBT politics, aging) to prostitution (e.g., male and female sex workers as well as male clients of the sex industry) to Chinese sexual cultures.

He is on the editorial boards of numerous peer review journals, including the Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Sociology, and Culture & Society.

He was awarded King’s Fellowship, as well as the Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange Award, at the University of Hong Kong. He was the recipient of the Prism Award of Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 2004 to recognize his long-term service to and research on the LGBT community in Hong Kong. For additional information, see:

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Darren Langdridge, PhD

Darren Langdridge, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Sexuality, Open University (United Kingdom). Dr. Langdridge is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a disciplinary background in psychology. He primarily works as Professor of Psychology and Sexuality at the Open University in the UK but is also Honorary Professor of Psychology at Aalborg University in Denmark, and a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy accredited existential psychotherapist working in private practice in
London. Dr Langdridge has sought to develop phenomenological methodology and existential psychotherapy, and redefine the frontiers of contemporary research concerned with the psychology of sexualities. He has conducted empirical work on a variety of topics that were hitherto on the margins of the study of sexualities, most notably on consensual sadomasochism (BDSM). His recent work on sexualities focuses on the divisive nature of political change in sexual citizenship and how the boundaries are being continually policed with ‘inventive’ new claims of threat to the established social order.

He has also played a leading role in the theoretical and practical development of affirmative therapy with sexual minority clients; queer critique of LGB coming-out models; and in producing the United Kingdom national guidelines for psychologists working with sexual and gender minorities.

Dr. Langdridge was Founding Co-Editor of the journal Psychology & Sexuality (Taylor & Francis). He is also Consulting Editor for The Humanistic Psychologist, published in association with Division 32 of the American Psychological Association, and an associate editor for a number of other journals.

Dr. Langdridge is the author or editor of numerous journal articles, textbooks and monographs pertaining to the psychology of sexuality, counseling, and psychotherapy from leading publishers.

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Adrian Lubowiecki-Vikuk, Ph.D.

Adrian Lubowiecki-Vikuk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Physical Education, Health and Tourism, Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland. Dr. Lubowiecki-Vikuk’s scholarly/researcher interests include the search for factors affecting LGBT leisure activities, including contemporary sport and tourism trends, and medical tourism. Together with Dr. Jacek Borzyszkowski, he is a prolific co-author of critically important articles in peer-review journals that focus on dealing with the development of services in the
leisure, tourism and hospitality sector offered to the LGBT community in Poland. These studies include both domestic and foreign tourists.

Examples of articles or book chapters he has authored or co-authored include: “Leisure activities of LGBT singles: Tourist behavior in the context of individual attributes (K. Adamczyk (ed.) Singlehood from individual and social perspective. Cracow: Libron, 2016; “Travel destinations of Polish LGBT community” (Researches Reviews of the Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, 2016) and Tourist activity of LGBT [Persons] in European post-communist states: The case of Poland” (Economics and Sociology 2016).

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Damian McCann

Damian McCann, Ph.D., is a clinical associate and co-course leader for Certification in Relationship Therapy at Pink Therapy in the United Kingdom, the leading provider of LGBT psychotherapy services in Great Britain. He has been trained both systemically and has undertaken a psychoanalytic couples therapy training at the Tavistock Center for Couples Research. He founded an LGB Family Therapy service at the Institute for Family Therapy in London, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.

He is Head of Clinical Services at the Tavistock Center for Couple Relationships, and is employed in the National Health Service as a Consultant Family and Systemic Therapist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He has co-edited The Practice of Counseling in Primary Care (Sage) and Systemic Supervision: A Portable Guide (Jessica Kingsley). He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters related to affirmative LGBT psychotherapy theory and practice. For further information:

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Dr. Christopher A. McIntosh

Dr. Christopher A. McIntosh, is Head of the Adult Gender Identity Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is Co-Editor, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health and on the Executive Committee of AGLP: The Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists. Dr. McIntosh is on the Publications Board of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), and a member of GAP’s LGBT Committee. He has published numerous editorials,
reviews, and book chapters relating to LGBTQ mental health.
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Peter Morgan

Peter Morgan, Ph.D., is director of the European Studies program at the University of Sydney. He is a leading scholar in European Studies, and has been at the forefront of disciplinary developments in the field, both nationally and internationally. His research focuses on questions about German national identity, specifically the post-1945 attempts to deal with the Nazi past. His research interests focus on literary studies, but also span a strongly historical-sociological disciplinary base. Past and recent projects cover
masculinity and homosexual identity in European Modernism, and Thomas Mann’s late work; and dictatorship and literature. He is multilingual and researches original sources in French, Italian, English, German, and modern Greek. Dr. Morgan is also a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. For further information see:
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Nick J. Mulé, PhD.

Nick J. Mulé, PhD., School of Social Work, York University (Canada). Dr. Nick Mulé’s research interests are in the areas of advocacy, social inclusion/exclusion of gender and sexually diverse populations (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirit, genderqueer, intersex, queer, questioning – LGBTQ) in social policy and service provision and the degree of recognition of these populations as distinct communities in cultural, systemic and structural contexts. He also engages in critical analysis of the LGBTQ movement
and the development of queer liberation theory.

Dr. Mulé has published numerous articles on LGBTQ issues and topics in high-impact peer review journals. He has also co-edited two important anthologies, “Queering Social Work Education” (Vancouver, BC: UBC Press), and “LGBTQ People and Social Work: Intersectional Perspectives” (Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press). He has contributed numerous book chapters in professional books pertaining to LGBTQ issues, education, and professional practice.

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Peter Newman

Peter A. Newman, Ph.D., Professor and Canada Research Chair in Health and Social Justice, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Peter A. Newman is a national and international leader in HIV/AIDS social research and global health. Dr. Newman has particular expertise in the social, behavioral and ethical challenges of biomedical HIV prevention trials and the implementation science of new HIV prevention technologies. He is an Inaugural Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research, and
was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Health and Social Justice in 2008. He received the Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation in 2007. He is a former National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow in HIV/AIDS Research at University of California at Los Angeles, where he received the Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research, and a National Institute on Drug Abuse Pre-doctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center. Dr. Newman has received substantial external funding for his global research program on HIV prevention, healthcare access and discrimination, with a focus on vulnerable populations. His research includes collaborations with community organizations serving women of color, gay and other men who have sex with men, transwomen, male and female sex workers, and injecting drug users.

As principal investigator of the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Team in Social and Behavioral Research on HIV Vaccines, Newman is engaged in research and training collaborations with investigators and trainees in Canada, India, South Africa and Thailand. He is a member of the Psychosocial Studies Group and the International Scientific Working Group of the International AIDS Society’s Towards an HIV Cure Initiative. He has also served on the U.S. National Institute of Health’s expert review panels for the AIDS International Training and Research Program and International Clinical, Operations and Health Services Research Training Award for AIDS and TB, and the NIH Division of AIDS Behavioral Science Working Group.

Dr. Newman’s work also addresses LGBTQ challenges in social work research and education, and peer victimization of LGBTQ youth. Dr. Newman’s teaching interests include qualitative and mixed methods research, HIV and AIDS, structural intervention and sexuality. His practice experience includes over two decades in HIV services and ongoing research consultation and training in North America and South and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Newman has authored or co-authored over 100 major journal articles in top-ranked, high impact peer reviewed journals. Many of them are grant-funded Open Access so that the results of his result can be accessible to the widest possible readership. A detailed descriptive of Dr. Newman’s critically important international HIV and HIV-related research is described in more detail on the Canadian Association for HIV Research Website.

His studies in outside cultures is not without challenges. “We can’t dictate what products are out there,” Dr. Newman notes, “…but we try to make information that we garner available at the grassroots level to inform advocacy efforts on the part of communities and policies to support how you might implement new prevention tools in a way that would be the most socially acceptable and user friendly.”

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Dr. Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Dr. Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Senior Lecturer in Social Diversity in Health and Education, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University (Australia). Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli has gained national and international recognition as a writer, researcher, lecturer and consultant in the issues of cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity, family diversity, HIV/AIDS, and social diversity in health and education, with a specific focus on adolescence and young people. In 1999, Maria was honoured with
the title of Lifelong Honorary Patron of PFLAG Victoria.

In 2003, Maria was invited to become a Founding Member of AGMC (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council), an umbrella organization supporting culturally and religiously diverse GLBTIQ communities, services and organizations in Australia, and which has been recognised as a member of FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia).

Apart from her teaching and supervision (at both undergraduate and postgraduate level), research and writing, Maria is regularly called upon to act as a consultant in educational, workplace, youth services, health services and community service settings. Winner of two US Lambda Literary Awards, Maria is regularly invited to speak at diverse community, educational, organizational and other functions and conferences, and in various media such as television, radio and newspaper.

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Martin Plöderl, PhD

Martin Plöderl, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Salzburg (Austria). Dr. Plöderl studies numerous aspects of LGBT psychology, but is especially known for his working pertaining to LGBT suicidology. He has authored or co-authored over 30 articles in high impact peer review journals, both in English and German, and authored or co-authored 7 chapters in professional books, 1 report, and 4 professional brochures. He is a member of the editorial boards of
Archives of Sexual Behavior and Suizidprophylaxe [Suicide Prevention]. He has also served as ad hoc/guest reviewer for American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, BMC Psychiatry, BMC Public Health, Crisis, International Review of Psychiatry, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Lancet Psychiatry, Pediatrics, PloS ONE, Psychiatric Research, and Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Dr. Plöderl is a Certified Trainer for Suicide Prevention in Austria. He is an active leader in several suicide research and prevention groups. Amongst these he is a member of the Expert Group for the Development of the Austrian Suicide Prevention Program (SUPRA).

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Ian Rivers, PhD

Ian Rivers, PhD, Professor of Education for Social Change at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (Scotland). Dr. Rivers is a HCPC registered psychologist. He has previously held university chairs in Human Development, Community Psychology and Applied Psychology. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, and also the Academy of Social Sciences. Ian has received numerous honors for his work on bullying behavior. He is the recipient of the British Psychological
Society’s 2001 Award for Promoting Equality of opportunity through his research in the U.K. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the British Psychological Society and the U.K.’s Academy of Social Sciences.

He is the author of Homophobic Bullying: Research and Theoretical Perspectives (2011, Oxford University Press) which has now been translated in Italian (2015, Il Saggiatore). He is also the lead author of Bullying: A Handbook for Educators and Parents (Greenwood/Praeger, 2007) and co-author (with Sheri Bauman, University of Arizona) of Mental Health in the Digital Age (2015, Palgrave). In 2011, Ian served on two U.S. Federal expert panels to develop a uniforms definition of bullying for public health surveillance and to better understand the link between bullying and suicide.

Ian has authored well over 100 articles in high impact peer review journals, many of which focus on LGBT and/or related concerns. He is co-editor and contributor to numerous core LGBT books, including: “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ageing: Biographical approaches for inclusive care and support” (London: Jessica Kingsley Press); and “Out of the ordinary: Representations of LGBT lives,” (Newcastle- Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

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Elizabeth Saewyc, PhD , RN, FSAHM, FCAHS, FAAN

Elizabeth Saewyc, PhD , RN, FSAHM, FCAHS, FAAN, Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia (Canada). A Professor of Nursing and Adolescent Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Saewyc leads the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre there. For 20 years, Dr. Saewyc’s research and clinical practice has focused on how stigma, violence, and trauma influence adolescents’ health, coping and risk behaviors, and what protective factors in
relationships and environments can foster resilience among marginalized youth, including: lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ) adolescents, runaway and street-involved youth, sexually abused/sexually exploited teens, immigrants and refugees, and Indigenous youth in several countries. She was lead investigator for the first federally funded Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey in 2014, and is a Canada co-investigator on the multi-country Health Behavior of School-Age Children. She regularly provides consultation on adolescent health to national and international governments and agencies, including the World Health Organization. She has been named a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Saewyc has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed articles in high impact scholarly journals in numerous health and health-related fields.

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Mr. Jason Howard Schaub

Mr. Jason Howard Schaub, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Society & Health, School of Health & Social Sciences, Department of Social Work & Integrated Care, Buckinghamshire New University (United Kingdom). Mr. Schaub is a leading LGBTQ social work academic in the United Kingdom. Most recently he was Guest Co-Editor for the British Journal of Social Work (Oxford Academic) devoted to “Sexualities and social work in the contemporary world.” He is also Co-Chair of the “Sexuality and Social Work Interest Group,” an
international organization devoted to principles of equality, social justice and human dignity fostered by the social work profession and its allies.

He has published numerous articles in both social work and nursing journals devoted to LGBT issues, including several unique studies focusing on LGBT patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

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Antu Sorainen, PhD

Antu Sorainen, PhD, Department of Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland, and the Academy of Finland. Dr. Sorainen specializes in cultural anthropology, law, gender studies, and queer studies. In the LGBT arena, she is the author of an important monograph on lesbian trials in rural 1950’s Finland. With the Academy of Finland she is principle investigator for a major research project on “Wills and Inheritance Practices in Sexually Marginalised Groups.” She is the author of
“Why and how to study queer inheritance and will-writing?” for the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, and has contributed to a multitude of high-impact scholarly journals across various disciplines, many pertaining to LGBT/queer studies.

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Carol Southall, PhD (cand.)

Carol Southall, PhD (cand.), is Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events Management, Staffordshire University. She has published broadly in the area of LGBT tourism and hospitality studies and practice. She is the author (with H. Hughes) of “Gay and Lesbian Families and Tourism” in Schänzel, H., Yeoman, I. & Backer, E. (Eds) Family Tourism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Bristol: Channelview); co-author with P. Robinson of “LGBT Tourism” in Key Concepts in Tourism (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014);
author of “Gay Tourism” in “Tourism Insights” (London: Visit Britain, 2009); co-author with P. Fallon of “LGBT Tourism” in Robinson, P., Heitmann, S. & Dieke, P.U.C. (Eds) “Research Themes in Tourism” (Oxford: CABI,2009).
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Susanne Strömdahl, MD, PhD, MPH

Susanne Strömdahl, MD, PhD, MPH, Researcher, Department of Medical Sciences, Infectious Diseases Section, Uppsala University and Infectious Disease Clinic, Uppsala University Hospital and most recently, also Researcher within the Global Health, HIV and SRHR Group at the Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and the Centre for Public Health and Human Rights, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University. Susanne’s research focus is on HIV epidemiology and effective HIV/STI interventions
among key populations for HIV. In addition, Susanne focus on sampling methods for populations without a sampling frame, particularly Respondent Driven Sampling and Web-based methods. Susanne has also worked on the evidence based systematic review performed to inform development of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) guidance on HIV and STI prevention among Men who have Sex with Men that was launched 2015. Susanne has authored or co-authored numerous peer-review journal article in top-ranked medical journals, many of which focus on HIV/AIDS research. She has also consulted with the World Bank Global HIV/AIDS Program, and the World Health Organization (HIV Prevention Guidelines for Sex Workers).

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Fiona Tasker

Fiona Tasker, Ph.D., Department of Psychological Sciences, Birbeck (University of London). “My research interests span social developmental psychology, family psychology, and lesbian and gay psychology. I am interested in children’s social and emotional development in non-traditional families, for example, post-divorce families and families led by lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered parents. In particular, I am interested in whether, and how, different family structures and family processes influence children’s
psychosocial and psychosexual development and their relationships within their families and with their peers. The research has both theoretical and practical applications to inform the debate about new family forms. I have used both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in my research… My current research involves a study of gay and bisexual fathers and their sons and daughters. I have also been involved in research with lesbian mothers and their children and research on children born to single heterosexual mothers and in post-divorce heterosexual families. I also have research interests in family and systemic psychotherapy with lesbians and gay men and their families…”

Dr. Tasker is co-editor with Dr. Jerry Bigner of “Gay & Lesbian Parenting: New Directions” (Taylor & Francis, 2007). She is author or co-author of over 50 articles in top peer review journals, as well as many substantial book chapters. Sample titles pertaining to LGBT content include:

Why Adoption? Gay, Lesbian and Heterosexual Adoptive Parents’ Reproductive Experiences and Reasons for Adoption

“Adoptive gay father families: Parent-child relationships and children’s psychological adjustment”

“‘I always have the idea of sin in my mind’: Family of origin, religion, and Chilean young gay men”

Gay, Lesbian and Heterosexual Adoptive families: Family Relationships, Child Adjustment and Adopters’ Experiences

“Developmental Outcomes for Children Raised by Lesbian and Gay Parents”

“Lesbian co-mothers’ experiences of maternity healthcare services”
Lesbian and gay parenting post-heterosexual divorce and separation.

“Working with LGBT Parents”

“Children’s views of family relationships in lesbian-led families.”

“’Coming out tales’: Adult sons and daughters’ feelings about their gay father’s sexual identity.”

“Same-sex parenting and child development: Reviewing the contribution of parental gender”

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Christopher Whiteley, D. Clin. Psy.

Christopher Whiteley, D. Clin. Psy., Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Trust Deputy Head of Psychology: Consultant Clinical Psychologist. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. “I am a consultant clinical psychologist specializing in treatment of substance misuse and addiction problems with additional expertise in psychological therapy with gender, sexual & relationship diversity clients… This is reflected in my NHS (National Health Service) and private practice, my national policy work and academic publications.
I co-authored the psychosocial interventions guidance and LGBT specific guidance in project NEPTUNE (Novel Psychoactive Treatment: UK Network). This was the first expert guidance on the treatment of novel psychoactive substances or club drugs… My experience extends from providing specialist substance use treatment for individual gender and sexual diversity clients, helping services reach GSD clients and tailor interventions accordingly and influencing local and national policy and standards for treatment of long standing and emerging trends in substance use among GSD people… I am a Director of Scott Whiteley, a clinical psychology practice and clinical associate with Pink Therapy, the UK’s largest independent therapy organization working with gender and sexual diversity clients.”

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Michael R. Woodford, MSW, PhD

Michael R. Woodford, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor, Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada). Dr. Woodford’s research addresses the social exclusion/inclusion, health, and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) people. Specifically, he examines the nature and effects of contemporary LGBTQ discrimination, including subtle everyday microaggressions, such as overhearing the phrase, “that’s so gay,” and structural discrimination

Much of Professor Woodford’s work examines the relationship between campus climate and the health and academic success and engagement of LGBTQ university students, as well as socio-ecological factors that can protect students from the negative effects of a hostile climate. He also studies LGBTQ youth empowerment, attitudes toward LGBTQ people and LGBTQ civil rights, and HIV/AIDS prevention among men who have sex with men and among other vulnerable groups.

In 2010, Dr. Woodford was Guest Co-Editor of a special issues of the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services devoted to “Recognizing Same-Sex Relationships: Contemporary Reflections and Developments,” with Peter Newman and S. Brotman. He has authored or co-authored over 50 refereed journal articles in high impact periodicals, many dealing with LGBT research, theory and practice.

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