Kimberly Acquaviva

Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Ph.D., MSW, Associate Professor (tenured), School of Nursing, George Washington University and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; authority on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) aging; member of the editorial boards of several refereed journals including Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, and Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research; former co-chair of the American Society on Aging’s LGBT Aging
Issues Network (LAIN); current member of NIH’s National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA).
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Stewart Adelson

Stewart Adelson, MD, Asst Clinical Professor of Psychiatry; Chair, Advisory Committee, Initiative for LGBT Health, Division of Gender, Sexuality & Health, Columbia University Medical Center; Faculty Member of the National LGBT Health Education Center of the Fenway Institute (affiliate of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School); member of the Advisory Committee of the International LGBT Program of Human Rights Watch; Past President, Lesbian and Gay Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association

Dr. Stewart Adelson discusses principles of mental health practice with LGBT children and adolescents

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Edward J. Alessi, MSSW, PhD.

Edward J. Alessi, MSSW, PhD., School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Alessi’s research (a) investigates the effects of traumatic stress on the mental health of sexual and gender minorities; (b) examines the determinants of affirmative psychotherapy among mental health practitioners; and (c) advances clinical practice with marginalized populations. His most recent study explored trauma and resilience among LGBT refugees and asylees resettled in the United States and Canada

Dr. Alessi recently served as guest editor for the Clinical Social Work Journal‘s first special issue on Clinical Practice with LGBTQ Populations.

He is author or co-author of a wide variety of peer-reviewed publications including “Minority stress and HERoic coping among ethnoracial lesbian and bisexual female adolescents: Intersections of resilience” (Journal of Adolescent Research); “The first year experience for sexual minority students: A grounded theory exploration” (Journal of LGBT Youth); ‘The darkest times of my life’: Recollections of child abuse among forced migrants persecuted because o f their sexual orientation and gender identity” (Child Abuse & Neglect); “Therapist correlates of attitudes toward sexual minority individuals affirmative counseling self efficacy, and beliefs about affirmative practice” (Psychotherapy Research); “Determinants of lesbian and gay affirmative practice among heterosexual therapists” (Psychotherapy); “Development of the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Affirmative Counseling Self-Efficacy Inventory-Short Form (LGB-CSI-SF)” (Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity); ). “A framework for incorporating minority stress theory into treatment with sexual minority clients” (Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health); “Gay affirmative cognitive behavioral therapy for sexual minority youth: Clinical adaptations and approaches” (Clinical Social Work Journal); “Prejudice events and traumatic stress among heterosexuals and lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. (Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma); “PTSD and sexual orientation: An examination of criterion A1 and non-Criterion events” (Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy); “Victimization in a nationwide Internet sample of gay and bisexual men” (Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services); “Stressful events, avoidance coping, and unprotected anal sex among gay and bisexual men” (American Journal of Orthopsychiatry); and more.

His publications also include numerous book chapters relating to clinical research and practice for LGBTQ populations.

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Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development, Virginia Tech, is a leading international scholar in the area of many aspects of LGBTQ studies. She is especially recognized for her contributions to our understanding of LGBT-parent family relationships and family diversity through the life course. She is the editor, with Abbie E. Goldberg, of the seminal text, “LGBT-parent families: Innovations in research and implications for practice” (Springer, 2013)

She has published 7 books, and more than 100 articles in top-ranked peer reviewed journals pertaining to LGBTQ issues, family theories, feminist family studies, diversity, marginalized family relationships, qualitative methods, and sexuality, and is on the editorial boards of top journals as Family Relations, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Family Theory and Research, Journal of Marriage and Family, and the Journal of Sex Research. Especially notable are her leading edge book chapters pertaining to LGBTQ issues including “Navigating family breakup before the advent of legal marriage and divorce” forthcoming in A. E. Goldberg & A. Romero (Eds.), LGBTQ divorce and relationship dissolution: Psychological and legal perspectives and implications for practice, Oxford University Press; and “Family relationships of older LGBT adults” (with K. A. Roberto) in Handbook of LGBT elders: An interdisciplinary approach to principles, practices, and policies (Harley & Teaster (Eds.), Springer, 2016).

Dr. Allen served on the editorial board and authored or co-authored 8 entries in the recent classic “The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies” (2016, A. E. Goldberg, Ed.) including: Cancer and social support; Lesbian bed death; Relationships with former spouses; Social media, use for recruitment; and Trevor project.

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Kenneth Ashley

Kenneth Bryan Ashley, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Medical Center (New York City) is a recognized leader in areas relating to HIV and LGBT psychiatry, with specialized expertise in those pertaining to the black community. He is a member of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, and by invitation, the LGBT Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. Selected authored or co-authored publications include “African-Americans” (in Citron, Brouillette & Beckett,
HIV & Psychiatry: Training & Resource Manual, Cambridge University Press); “Bereavement: Bereaved, Bothered and Bewildered”(in Levounis, Drescher & Barber, Working With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Basic Principles and Case Studies, American Psychiatric Publishing; and “HIV/AIDS Among Men Who Have Sex With Men” (Fernandez & Ruiz, Psychiatric Aspects of HIV/AIDS, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins).

In 2013, he was the Guest Editor of the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health for its special issue devoted to “The Black Community and its LGBT Members.”

Dr. Ashley is immediate past president of Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists. He is also a member of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Mental Health Guidelines Committee; the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Minority Medical Student Elective in HIV Psychiatry Faculty/Site Director; and the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section on HIV/AIDS, and member of its Executive Council since 2012.

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Lee Badgett

M. V. Lee Badgett is Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as a professor of economics. She is also a Williams Distinguished Scholar at the prestigious Williams Institute. Prof. Badgett received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990. She was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, and has taught at both Yale University and the University of Maryland. Prof. Badgett
studies especially family-policy issues and labor-market discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, and gender. Her latest book, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage (NYU Press, 2009), focuses on the U.S. and European experiences with marriage equality for gay couples.

She co-edited the recent book, Sexual Orientation Discrimination: An International Perspective (Routledge, 2007). Her first book, Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men (University of Chicago Press, 2001), presented her groundbreaking work debunking the myth of gay affluence. She is also the author or co-author of numerous journal articles and policy reports.

Prof. Badgett’s policy-related work includes testifying as an expert witness in legislative matters and litigation, analyzing public policies, consulting with regulatory bodies, briefing policymakers, and writing op-ed pieces.

Dr. Lee Badgett discusses LGBT-Inclusive Economic Policies

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Kimberly Balsam

Kimberly Balsam, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University, where she is co-director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research and the co-director of the LGBTQ Emphasis Area. CLEAR is devoted to conducting research that has a direct impact on the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals and their families. Dr. Balsam’s research focuses broadly on the health
and well-being of stigmatized populations, with an emphasis on ethnically diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, many in top journals in the field of psychology. She is a Fellow of APA’s Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues) and was the 2010 recipient of their Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.

Dr. Balsam is currently the PI of an R01 grant from NICHD to conduct a 10-year, mixed-methods longitudinal follow-up study of same-sex and heterosexual couples previously surveyed in 2001-2 (R01HD069370, Longitudinal study of legal status, stigma, and well-being among diverse couples). She has previously been the recipient of NIH grants from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Balsam also has a 20-year history of clinical practice in a wide range of settings, including community mental health, correctional, inpatient, and most recently private practice. Her clinical interests include cognitive behavioral therapy with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, and PTSD and couples therapy with same-sex and heterosexual couples.

Dr. Balsam edited the book Trauma, Stress, and Resilience Among Sexual Minority Women (Taylor & Francis, previously published as a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies for which she was Special Issue Editor). She has authored or co-authored 10 book chapters covering such topics as affirmative LGBT psychotherapy; substance abuse in sexual minority youth and young adults; hate crimes; lesbian health; LGB siblings; affirmative cognitive behavioral therapy with LGB clients; victimization of older LGBT adults; and lesbian psychology. For further information see:

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Stefan Baral

Stefan Baral, MD, MPH, CCFP, FRCPC is a physician epidemiologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH). Stefan completed undergraduate studies in immunology at McGill University followed by graduate studies in immunology and gene therapy at McMaster University and medical school at Queen’s University. Subsequently, Stefan completed his certification as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada focused on Community Medicine at
the University of Toronto, with advanced training in infectious diseases surveillance and public health practice. Dr. Baral has also trained and is clinically licensed as a primary care practitioner.

Stefan has led epidemiological studies among key populations, including gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender populations, and sex workers in Southern, Eastern, and Western African countries as well as in Central and Southeastern Asia. In addition, Stefan has led or supported the implementation and evaluation of HIV prevention studies globally characterizing effective combination HIV-prevention packages funded by the World Bank for men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and people who use drugs.

Stefan has also been involved in HIV epidemiology, prevention, and implementation science studies focused on the epidemiology and human rights contexts for key populations in Western and Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa with support from USAID, NIH, amfAR, and the Global Fund. Stefan acts as the Director of the Key Populations Program for the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the JHSPH.

Dr. Stefan Baral discusses risks, vulnerabilities, and burden of HIV among key populations in low- and middle-income countries in Southern Asia

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Mary Barber, MD

Mary Barber, MD, Clinical Director, Rockland Psychiatric Center- Office of Mental Health (New York State) and Associate Clinical Professor, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Barber is a leading and recognized member of the LGBT psychiatric/mental health field as well as other sub-disciplines in psychiatry and mental health. Dr. Barber is past president of the Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists (American Psychiatric Association) as well as President of the Association
of Women Psychiatrists. She is member and past Chair of the Committee on LGBT Issues of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP). In addition, Dr. Barber was previously the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health (Taylor & Francis) as well as that prestigious journal’s Book Review Editor. She has authored over 30 articles and review in major top-ranked peer review journals, and co-edited with Levounis and Drescher “The LGBT Casebook” (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2012).
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Walter Bockting

Walter O. Bockting, Ph.D., is Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Nursing), Columbia University and Research Scientist, New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Bockting is co-director of the LGBT Health Initiative, Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at Columbia University Medical Center. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Transgenderism.
Mark Brennan-Ing

Mark Brennan-Ing, Ph.D., Director for Research & Evaluation, ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America); Adjunct Professor at the New York University College of Nursing; conducts behavioral research on psychosocial issues affecting persons living with HIV and evaluation research. Over 20 years of gerontological research experience; expertise in applied research on coping and adjustment to chronic illness in middle and late adulthood. Recognized for research in the field of aging by the Hunter-Brookdale Center
on Aging, Pride Senior Network, and the New York State Office for the Aging.
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William Byne

William Byne, MD, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC;  Director of the Laboratory of Neuroanatomy and Morphometrics, JJ Peters Veterans Hospital, NYC; Editor-in-Chief, LGBT Health (Mary Ann Liebert Publishers); former chair of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on the Treatment of Gender Identity Disorder; current chair of the American Psychiatric Association Workgroup on Treatment of Gender Dysphoria; member Transgender
Education Group, LGBT Program,  Patient Care Services, Department of Veterans Affairs; one of the first physician advisors for the Intersex Society of North America; member of the editorial boards, Journal of Homosexuality and Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health.
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Robert Cabaj

Robert Cabaj, MD, is a renowned pioneer in the area of LGBT psychiatry and substance use/abuse disorders. He is a board-certified psychiatrist and certified addiction medicine specialist who is currently the Medical Director of San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, an integrated system that delivers and monitors mental health and substance abuse services for the public sector in San Mateo County, California. He was in that post several years ago and, in between, was both
Director and Medical Director of San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

He is Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He also maintains a small private practice of psychiatry.

Dr. Cabaj is the co-author/editor of two classic volumes, Textbook of Homosexuality and Mental Health and On the Road to Same-Sex Marriage—as well as numerous articles related to LGBTQ sexuality and mental health, substance abuse and mental health, and HIV and AIDS and mental health.

He is the past-president of both the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.

He was honored with the Founder’s Award from NALGAP, the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies, for his contributions to substance-abuse services for LGBT individuals and their families.

Most recently, he was appointed to the American Psychiatric Association Office of Diversity and Health Equity, Expert Panel: Current Issues for the Assessment and Care of GLBT Clients: Wellness in the Community.

He also authored the key chapter, “Gay Men and Lesbians” in the American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Substance Abuse, 5th Edition (Galanter, Kleber, and Brady, eds.).

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Sean Cahill

Sean Cahill, Ph.D., is Director of Health Policy Research at the Fenway Institute. He is also Director of Policy and Curriculum at the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care, a HRSA-funded training and technical assistance center for Ryan White-funded AIDS service organizations. Dr. Cahill serves on the Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Youth and the Massachusetts LGBT Aging Commission. He is author of three books and dozens of articles, chapters, and monographs on LGBT
and HIV issues. He teaches courses on LGBT public policy and global HIV policy at Northeastern University, Brandeis University, and New York University. Cahill’s policy research focuses on strategies to reduce LGBT health disparities, such as including sexual orientation and gender identity in Electronic Health Records. He also leads research projects developing best practices for reducing victimization against LGBT adults and youth in corrections settings, and promoting resiliency among LGBT youth of color.
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Tom Carlson

Tom Stone Carlson, PhD, Professor and Coordinator of the Couple and Family Therapy Program, North Dakota State University, is one of the leading specialists in LGBT affirmative family therapy/intervention. In the family therapy field, Tom (amongst other achievements) is well-known for her innovative work as a narrative therapist and is currently working with narrative therapy co-founder David Epston to reinvent narrative therapy practice. Tom has also developed a new approach to couples therapy
called “Relational Accountability” and has given workshops on his approach internationally in Australia, Canada, Singapore, and Turkey during the past year. This unique approach to therapy seeks to help couples intimately apply the ethics of narrative therapy ideas in their personal lives and relationships.

He is author or co-author of over 30 peer-review journal articles. He is a member of
Editorial boards and serves as a reviewer for numerous core family therapy journals.

In the LGBT area, Tom is at the forefront of integrating affirmative LGBT interests in family therapy education, training and practice. Several of his co-authored vitally important peer-review articles in this area include:

“To refer or not to refer: Exploring family therapists’ beliefs and practices related to the referral of lesbian, gay, and bisexual client” (with C.R. McGeorge and Molly Farrell), Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 2015.
– “The state of lesbian, gay, and bisexual affirmative training: A survey of faculty from accredited couple and family therapy programs,” (with C.R. McGeorge) Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, in press
– “Assessing lesbian, gay, and bisexual affirmative training in couple and family therapy: Establishing the validity of the faculty version of the affirmative training inventory.” (with C.R. McGeorge and R.B.Toomey) Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, 2015, 41(1), 57-71.
– “The intersection of spirituality, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity in family therapy training: An exploration of students’ beliefs and practices,” (with C.R. McGeorge, and R.B. Toomey, Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 36(4) 2014.
– “Bisexuality and LGB affirmative training: An exploration of family therapy students’ beliefs and clinical experiences” (with E.A. Nova, E. A. and C.R. McGeorge, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 25(4), 2013
– “Establishing the validity of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual affirmative training inventory: Assessing the relationship between affirmative training and clinical competence” (with C.R. McGuire, and R.B.Toomey) Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, 39(2), 2013.
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Gary Cestaro

Gary Cestaro, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages at DePaul University in Chicago, where he teaches a variety of courses in LGBTQ Studies and LGBTQ literature. He served as founding director of the LGBTQ Studies Program and has been actively involved in queer curriculum development at DePaul for a number of years. He was co-organizer of the 2007 “Out There” conference, which brought some 400 academics and student affairs personnel from around the nation to DePaul to
discuss issues facing LGBTQ faculty and staff on Catholic campuses. His academic work focuses on same-sex desire in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance literature while engaging psychoanalysis and queer theory. He is the author of Dante and the Grammar of the Nursing Body (Notre Dame, 2003) and Queer Italia: Same-Sex Desire in Italian Literature and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). He has published articles on Dante and the history of sexuality as well as contemporary queer literature and film. Cestaro has been the recipient of various recognitions for his contributions to queer curriculum and community at DePaul. For further information:
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Michael Chaney, Ph.D.

Michael Chaney, Ph.D., is a past-president of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association. He is incoming Editor-in-Chief (2016-2018) of the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling and an editorial board member of the Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at Oakland University. He has provided mental health and counseling services to LGBTQI individuals and
people living with HIV/AIDS in clinical and governmental settings.
Dr. Chaney has special expertise in substance use disorders and LGBT populations, and has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of substance use disorders, sexual compulsivity, sexual orientation, male body image, social justice and advocacy in counseling.
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Bryan Cochran, PhD

Bryan Cochran, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Montana (Missoula) is a national leader in the psychology of sexual orientation and gender diversity. “My primary area of research interest,” Bryan notes, “…is in the health correlates of being part of a stigmatized minority group. Specifically, I have studied substance use disorders and other mental health conditions among LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) youth and adult populations.
My work is framed within a contextual model that takes into account the unique experiences of identifying as part of a marginalized segment of society.”

Dr. Cochran is a member of the Editorial Board of the “Journal of LGBT Youth” (Taylor & Francis/Routledge). He is also a peer reviewer for at least 14 academic/scholarly journals, He is a Research Advisory Board member of The Trevor Project as well as The Rockaway Institute.

He has published in numerous peer reviewed journals, including the “Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health,” “Journal of LGBT Youth,” “Journal of Homosexuality,” “Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services,” and others in fields ranging from the addictions, mental health, counseling, and psychology. Amongst his honors was the Researcher’s Award bestowed by NALGAP (National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals).

Dr. Cochran has also authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles and several invited chapters in professional books, as well as book reviews. Many of these focus on his interests in LGBT psychology/mental health, such as “Integrating LGBT Competencies into the multicultural curriculum of graduate psychology training programs (with J.S. Robohm) in Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.

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Eli Coleman

Eli Coleman, Ph.D., is Director of the Program in Human Sexuality and Academic Chair in Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota. He has written numerous articles in top-tier journals as well as books on a variety of sexual health topics, including compulsive sexual behavior, sexual orientation, and gender dysphoria. He is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Transgenderism and International Journal of Sexual Health. Dr. Coleman is also past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality,
World Professional Association for Transgender Health, World Association for Sexual Health, Society for Sex Therapy and Research, and International Academy of Sex Research. Coleman has been a frequent sexual health consultant to the World Health Organization.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the U.S. Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Award for his role as senior scientist on Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior, released in 2001. In addition, he has received the World Association for Sexual Health Gold Medal and Society for Sex Therapy & Research (SSTAR) Masters and Johnson Award.

He was given the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Alfred E. Kinsey Award by the Midcontinent Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in 2001.

In 2007, he was appointed the first endowed Chair in Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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Anthony D'Augelli

Anthony D’Augelli, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Development, Penn State University, is internationally recognized as a leading edge scholar in LGBTQ psychology, community issues, and behavioral health. He has received numerous honors including election as Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 44, Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues); the Mark R. Friedman Award (Association of Lesbian and Gay
Psychologists); Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (Division 44); the Monette/Horwitz Trust Research and Scholarship Award; and many others.

Dr. D’Augelli is one of the most prolific and recognized authors in the field LGBTQ studies. He has authored or co-authored over 150 articles/chapters either in top-ranked peer review journals or vetted book chapters from multinational professional publishers, many of them dealing with LGBTQ issues.

He is the co-editor of two outstanding volumes, the “Handbook of psychology and sexual orientation” (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) and “The challenges of being a rural gay man: Coping with stigma” (New York: Routledge, 2013).

Dr. D’Augelli has presented hundreds of papers at various scientific meetings, many dealing with sexual minorities and forging our understanding of LGBT psychological well-being and empowerment in contemporary society.

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Brian de Vries

Brian de Vries, Ph.D. is Professor of Gerontology at San Francisco State University with adjunct appointments at Simon Fraser University and the University of Alberta. He received his doctorate in lifespan developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1988 and was a post-doctoral fellow at both Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and the University of Southern California. He is a fellow of the Gerontological
Society of America (GSA) and past board member of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and co-chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Network constituent group. Dr. de Vries served on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on the Health of Select Populations Committee preparing the recently released acclaimed book The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.

Dr. de Vries is former editor of Sexuality Research and Social Policy (2007-2011) and a former associate editor of The International Journal of Aging and Human Development (2000-2006); he presently serves as associate editor of LGBT Health. He has served as guest editor of Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (1997 and 2004) and as a guest co-editor of Generations (2001). He is currently guest-editing an issue of the Journal of Homosexuality. In addition, he has edited four books, including Kinship Bereavement in Later Life (1997), End of Life Issues (1999), Narrative Gerontology (2001), and Gay and Lesbian Aging (2004); he has authored or co-authored over 90 journal articles and book chapters and he has given over 100 presentations to professional audiences on grief and bereavement in later life as well as the social and psychological well-being of midlife and older LGBT persons.

Dr. Brian de Vries discusses LGBT aging, end-of-life issues, and the special need for practitioner sensitivity training

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Michael P. Dentato, PhD, MSW

Michael P. Dentato, PhD, MSW is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Dentato is a leading educator and researcher with focus on the LGBTQ community. He is also a former Co-Chair of the Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE) of the Council on Social Work Education. Dr. Dentato’s interests in the LGBTQ arena include sexual minority health disparities; minority stress theory; LGBTQ psychosocial and lifespan development;
HIV/AIDS; and LGBTQ issues within the social work curricula. He has contributed numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters to specialty publications on LGBTQ topics including the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, the SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies as well as LGBTQ articles/chapters in more general peer reviewed journals and scholarly collections.

Dr. Dentato is presently under contract and editing a new textbook on social work practice with the LGBTQ community with Oxford University Press.

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Sarah-Jane Dodd

Sarah-Jane (SJ) Dodd, Ph.D., MSEd, MSW, Associate Professor, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College of the City University of New York, and at the CUNY Graduate Center is a leading scholar whose interests include LGBTQ social and health services, both from a practice and policy perspective. SJ has a special interest in issues affecting LGBTQ individuals and their families, and the ways in which heterocentric social policies perpetuate oppression and discrimination. She has served on the executive committee
of the Hunter College LGBT Social Science and Public Policy Center at Roosevelt House since its inception in 2008.

Amongst her LGBTQ-related articles in top-ranked peer reviewed journal are “LGBTQ Capacity Building in Health Care Systems: A Social Work Imperative” (Health and Social Work, 2011) and “Matching AIDS Service Organizations’ Philosophy of Service Provision with a Compatible Style of Program Evaluation” (Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 2003).

Amongst the LGBTQ-related book chapters she authored or co-authored are “LGBTQ: Protecting Vulnerable Subjects in All Studies” in D. Mertons & P. Ginsberg (Eds.) Handbook of Social Science Research Ethics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications; “Individual Practice with Lesbian Clients” in G. Mallon (Ed.) Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons. New York: Haworth Press; and “Social work Practice with Lesbian Couples” In G. Mallon (Ed.) Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons. New York: Haworth Press.

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Jack Drescher

Jack Drescher, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science,
New York Medical College; Past President of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry; Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; Past Chair of APA’s Committee on GLB Issues; Past President of APA’s New York County District Branch; former editor-in-chief, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health.

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Amy Dworsky

Amy Dworsky, PhD, MSW, is Research Fellow at Chapin Hall, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. Her research interests include LGBT youth in foster care, amongst many other areas of social services research, policy and practice. Dr. Dworsky is currently the Principal Investigator for a study of housing programs for transitioning foster youth, an impact evaluation of a teenage pregnancy prevention program and an implementation evaluation of training on healthy sexual
development for caregivers and caseworkers. She is widely recognized as an expert on pregnant and parenting foster youth and on homelessness among youth who aged out of foster care. Her most recent publications include articles about the implications of health care reform for insurance coverage and receipt of family planning services among current and former foster youth and about the parenting experiences of runaway and homeless youth. She received her Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Anke A. Ehrhardt, Ph.D.

Anke A. Ehrhardt, Ph.D., is Director of the LGBT Health Initiative at Columbia University Medical Center, where she is the Founding Director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. She is also the Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry), as well as Research Division Chief, Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health, New York State Psychiatric Institute

For the past 35 years, Dr. Ehrhardt’s research has included a wide range of studies on determinants of sexual risk behavior among children, adolescents, heterosexual women and men, and the gay population, and on comprehensive approaches to preventing HIV and STD infection.

A native of Hamburg, Germany, Dr. Ehrhardt completed a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Düsseldorf in Germany based on her pioneering work at Johns Hopkins University in the field of human gender and sexual development under the mentorship of sexologist John Money. With Money, she co-authored Man & Woman, Boy & Girl: The Differentiation and Dimorphism of Gender Identity from Conception to Maturity, a landmark 1972 book in the field of sexuality studies.

She was subsequently Co-Director of the Program of Psychoendocrinology at Children’s Hospital, State University of New York at Buffalo. Throughout this period, Dr. Ehrhardt has also been a practicing clinical psychologist, working in particular with children with intersex problems and their parents.

In recognition of her work, Dr. Ehrhardt has been presented with the Distinguished Research Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association in 1986; the Research Award “For Excellence in Research” from the State of New York Office of Mental Health in 1990; the Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievement for 1991 from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex; and the first Research Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Health Foundation in 1994. Her bibliography includes more than 300 scientific publications.

Dr. Ehrhardt was the President of the International Academy of Sex Research in 1981. She has also been a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council, the Executive Committee of the HIV Prevention Trials Network of Family Health International, the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and completed two terms as a trustee on the Board of Directors of the Ford Foundation.

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Diana Elze

Diane Elze, MSSA, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the MSW Program, University at Buffalo School of Social Work, notes that “My focus in research, service, and practice has been on the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of who we are as human beings. It is important to look at the lives of LGBT people from a human rights perspective, as LGBT rights are human rights. It is important to remember, however, that LGBT adolescents
are adolescents, first and foremost, and then they may face unique challenges, including trauma, related to societal response to their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.”

Her chief research and scholarly interests focus on risk and protective factors for sexual minority youth; gay lesbian, bisexual and transgendered issues in service utilization; HIV prevention interventions with adolescents; and, more recently, interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

Dr. Elze has built a strong record of scholarship in the area of sexual minority issues, publishing articles and book chapters and delivering juried paper and poster conference presentations, invited keynote addresses, and invited workshops. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and formerly the Journal of the Society of Social Work and Research. She has reviewed articles for many academic journals.

Dr. Elze She is a past member of the CSWE Board of Directors, the CSWE Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice, past co-chair of the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression, and the Commission on Professional Development.

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Jennifer Evans

Jennifer Evans, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Graduate Director, Dept. of History, Carleton University; advisory board member, H-Histsex; editorial board member, German Studies Review; author, Life Among the Ruins: Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); co-editor, Queer Cities, Queer Cultures: Europe Since 1945 (Continuum, 2014); and many other books/journal articles related to German history, same-sex sexuality, combating right-ring extremism, and other more
Jamie Feldman

Jamie Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Minnesota, provides evaluation and treatment of sexual dysfunction and transgender care at the Center for Sexual Health. She is Board Certified in family medicine. She has chaired the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Transgender Medicine and Research Committee since 2001 and published on transgender hormone therapy and primary care. Feldman also trains medical
students and residents in sexual health and maintains a primary care practice at the University of Minnesota Physicians Women’s Health Specialists Clinic.

Her many articles in top-ranked peer reviewed journals which she authored or co-authored include “HIV risk behaviors in the U.S. transgender population: prevalence and predictors in a large internet sample.” Journal of Homosexuality (2014); “Gender dysphoria in a 39-year-old man. Canadian Medical Association Journal (2014); “Updated recommendations from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care.” American Family Physician (2013); and “Standards of care for the health of transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people, 7th version” International Journal of Transgenderism (2012).

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Colleen Fisher

Colleen M. Fisher, M.S.W., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota; co-chair, National Caucus of LGBT Faculty & Students in Social Work; reviewer, Sexual Orientation Cluster, Society for Social Work and Research Conference. Dr. Fisher’s scholarship also examines health and well-being among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth, with emphasis on the experiences of marginalized sub-groups (e.g., transgender, homeless, and
rural youth) and development of youth-driven interventions.
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Annesa Flentje, PhD

Annesa Flentje, PhD, Is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of California at San Francisco. Her interests are lesbian gay bisexual and transgender health, substance abuse, substance abuse treatment, gene expression, and sexual minority stress. She has published numerous peer review articles, with many reflecting her interests in LGBT health and LGBT substance use disorders. For further information:
Stephen Forssell

Stephen Forssell, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, George Washington University, where he is also on the faculty of the GWU Medical Center School of Medicine. He is founding director of the LGBT Health Policy and Practice Graduate Certificate Program at George Washington University. This is the first-of-its-kind nationally recognized graduate program in applied health focused on influencing health policy and improving both standards and practice of care for LGBT individuals. Dr. Forssell conceived of, developed, and assembled
the faculty and stakeholders for this interdisciplinary training program for both masters- and doctoral-level students across the United States and abroad. It covers professional practice in all applied health settings/environments, including public health, medicine, nursing, and public policy and education. Dr. Forssell is also co-director of the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Minority Communities.

His research interests include sexuality, male couple relationships, HIV risk behaviors, same-sex romantic relationships, and the development of adopted children of gay and lesbian parents.

He is primary researcher for The Male Couples Relationships Study. This research project examines how male couples of varying sexual openness types (sexually open, closed (monogamous), and “no agreement” about sexual exclusivity compared in the quality of their relationships, psychological adjustment, communication about outside sex, and HIV prevention practices. For additional information see: and

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Karen Frederiksen-Goldsen

Karen I. Frederiksen-Goldsen, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Institute for Multigenerational Health at the School of Social Work, University of Washington; leader of the first national study on health disparities of LGBT elders and their caregivers; investigator on an AIDS antiretroviral adherence project in China; Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Hartford Scholars National Mentor; founder of the Rainbow Research Group of the Gerontological Society of America; past co-chair of the
Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression of the Council on Social Work Education.
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Daniel Gardner

Daniel Gardner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Silberman School of Social Work and Interim Director, Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College, City University of New York. Dr. Gardner is a recognized leader in social work and aging with over 30 years of clinical, administrative, and research experience in health and mental health, specializing in social work practice with individuals, families, and groups living with chronic and advanced illness. His scholarly interests include palliative
and end-of-life care, psychosocial oncology, family decision-making, health disparities in later life, and health policy.

For the past 15 years, he has taught clinical practice, social welfare policy, and research methods to masters and doctoral students, social workers, and allied health professionals. Dr. Gardner has substantial experience and expertise in conducting community-based qualitative and mixed methods research and program evaluation. He has published extensively and serves on several editorial boards. His current research explores barriers and facilitators to accessing palliative care and pain management among diverse and underserved community-dwelling older adults.

Dr. Gardner’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Aging, the American Cancer Society, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Translational Institute of Pain in Later Life. He is the National Chair of the Hartford Gerontological Social Work Leaders (HGSWL), a Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work, a founding Board member of the Social Work in Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

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Robert Garofalo

Dr. Robert Garofalo is a national leader in LGBT medicine, pediatrics, and health care, as well as HIV prevention and intervention. He is on the editorial board of LGBT Health (Mary Ann Liebert) and Medical Director of TransLife Care Project, a key project related to the health of HIV+ transgender women developed and operated together with community-based partners in Chicago House and the Healthland Health Alliance. He has been a leader at the NIH with a track record spanning critical research fronts, including HIV/AIDS research,
adolescent health services, and additional areas focusing on both community and clinical aspects of health services.

He has published numerous peer-review articles in medical journals focusing on school-age health risk behaviors and sexual orientation; sexual orientation and suicide risk; risky health behaviors amongst LGBT youth related to technology, substance abuse, and psychosocial variables; and factors that underlie racial/ethnic disparities in HIV risk among YMSM (Young Men Who Have Sex With Men).

He has also authored or co-authored key book chapters in such nationally known publications as the Fenway Guide to Primary Care for the LGBT Community (American College of Physicians) and The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding (Washington, DC: The National Academies Press). For additional information see:

Dr. Garofalo discusses major minority sex health and mental health issues

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Maurice Gattis, M.S.S.W., Ph.D.

Maurice Gattis, M.S.S.W., Ph.D. Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville is co-author of a book under contract with Columbia University Press, “Transgender Youth in Schools: An Exploration of Student, Parent and Staff Experiences.” He has engaged in research activities regarding health disparities, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) populations, homelessness, and adolescent risk behaviors in the United States and Canada.  His primary work focuses on the role of contextual factors (e.g. family, peers,
school, stigma, and discrimination) on negative psychosocial outcomes (e.g. mental health, substance use).  He has done studies that involve primary data collection regarding homeless GLBT youth in Toronto, Ontario and Milwaukee, Wisconsin and transgender youth in Wisconsin.  Currently he is a part of a research team working to determine the prevalence of human trafficking in Kentucky and Indiana.

Dr. Gattis has published approximately 13 peer reviewed articles and his research has been funded by Fulbright, the National Institutes of Health, the Wisconsin Partnership Program and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School.  His research has also been featured in media including Slate, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin State Journal, La Crosse Tribune, Milwaukee Magazine, The Academic Minute, WORT-FM, and Our Lives. 

In the LGBTQ arena, Dr. Gattis is also an ad hoc reviewer for numerous top-ranked peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of Homosexuality; Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health; Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services; and the Journal of LGBT Youth; and the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

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Geoffrey Giles

Geoffrey Giles, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Florida (Gainesville); editorial advisory board, German History; previous editorial board member, German Studies Review, Journal of the History of Sexuality; author, “The Persecution of Gay Men and Lesbians during the Third Reich” (Friedman, The Routledge History of the Holocaust, London/New York: Routledge, 2011); “The Institutionalization of Homosexual Panic in the Third Reich,” in Gellately & Stolzfus (eds.), Social Outsiders in Nazi Germany
(Princeton University Press, 2001); and numerous other works in German history, with special expertise related to Nazi persecution of homosexuals and same-sex homosocial issues in German society.
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Abbie Goldberg

Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Clark University, is winner of the 2016 APA Division 44 Distinguished Book award for her monumental reference work, the Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (Sage; 2016). She is currently working on with Dr. A. Romero, A. on LGBTQ divorce and relationship dissolution: Psychological and legal perspectives and implications for practice (New York: Oxford University Press). Her research examines diverse families, including lesbian- and gay-parent families
and adoptive-parent families. She is currently conducting a longitudinal study of adoptive families headed by female, male and heterosexual couples, which focuses in part on parents’ and children’s experiences in the school setting. Dr. Goldberg is also conducting a longitudinal study of postpartum well-being in women with diverse sexual histories.

She is the author of over 70 peer-reviewed articles and two books: Gay Dads (NYU Press; 2012) and Lesbian- and Gay-Parent Families (APA; 2010). She is the co-editor (with Katherine R. Allen) of LGBT-Parent Families: Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice (Springer; 2013). She has received research funding from the American Psychological Association, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Williams Institute, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the National Institutes of Health, and the Spencer Foundation. She teaches courses on gender and families, diversity in contemporary families, research methods with diverse families, human sexuality, the psychology of sexual orientation, and ethics in clinical psychology.

She is on the editorial boards of 9 top-ranked peer reviewed journals, including (in the LGBTQ arena) the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity and the Journal of GLBT Family Studies. She is also an ad hoc reviewer for over 20 top journals, including
the Journal of Lesbian Studies; Journal of Homosexuality; and Journal of Gay & Lesbian Studies.

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Dr. Abbie Goldberg discusses LGBTQ marital and family issues in contemporary context.

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Peter Goldblum

Peter Goldblum, Ph.D., MPH, is co-director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Research (CLEAR) and Professor of Psychology at Palo Alto University. He was a founder and original deputy director of the UCSF AIDS Health Project and a visiting scholar and director of the HIV Bereavement and Caregiver Study at Stanford. He is a pioneer in the development of community-based mental health programs for LGBTQ clients with over thirty-five years of experience serving this population in the San Francisco Bay Area

Most recently he has co-edited Youth Suicide and Bullying: Strategies for Prevention and Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2014).

He has contributed to the professional literature related to gay men’s health, AIDS-related suicide, end-of-life issues, HIV and work, and AIDS bereavement, including two highly acclaimed books: Strategies for Survival: A Gay Men’s Health Manual for the Age of AIDS (with Martin Delaney) and Working with AIDS Bereavement (with Sarah Erickson). In 2008 he received the NCSPP Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Committee Award for his contribution to professional psychology.

In 2013 Dr. Goldblum earned the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award. He also received, as director of CLEAR, the 2013 Presidential Citation for services to LGBTQ Psychology from Arlene Noriega, Ph.D., Division 44 President. Finally, he received the prestigious Larry E. Beutler Faculty Award (2013) “in recognition of outstanding national and international contributions to the field of psychology.” For further information:

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Robert-Jay Green

Robert-Jay Green, Ph.D., Founder and Senior Research Fellow, Rockway Institute for LGBT Psychology and Public Policy; and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program, California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco Campus (a division of Alliant International University). For over 40 years, Dr. Green’s scholarly and practitioner-focused work has included child development and family relations; LGBT couple and family issues; male gender role socialization; multicultural
issues in family functioning; the impact of family relations on children’s academic achievement; psychological aspects of third-party assisted reproduction; and couple and family therapy.

He is internationally known as a leader in LGBT issues in family psychology, family therapy, and couple therapy/intervention. He is author or co-author of at least 100 professional publications, including many in high impact peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and reviews. Amongst many honors, Dr. Green was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Dr. Green has served on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Family Psychology, the Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, Family Process, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, Cultural Diversity and Mental Health, Journal of GLBT Family Studies, and American Journal of Family Therapy. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He previously served four elected terms on the Board of Directors of the American Family Therapy Academy and served a term as Vice-President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Family Psychology.

Dr. Green was also co-editor of the classic text, “Lesbians and Gays in Couples and Families: A Handbook for Therapists” (Jossey-Bass).

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Arnold Grossman

Arnold H. Grossman, PhD, MSW, Professor of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. Dr. Grossman is a nationally known leader in LGBTQ psychology, counseling, and social work. Amongst many awards and recognitions, he was winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award bestowed by the Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns of the American Psychological Association. The NYU LGBTQA
Student Center now sponsors an “Arnold H. Grossman Outstanding Faculty/Staff Service Award.”

He is the Principal Investigator of a research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (2011-2017): “Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide among Sexual Minority Youth.” This four-year longitudinal research study is designed to follow a diverse sample of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, ages 15-24, and to examine changes in constellations, magnitudes, and developmental sequences of risk and protective factors for suicidal behaviors with a particular emphasis on the major components of the interpersonal psychological theory of suicide. Simultaneously, it is documenting whether or not the risk and protective factors for suicide are uniquely related to LGBT youths’ developmental milestones.

Dr. Grossman continues to analyze data and disseminate findings as the Co-Investigator of “Challenges and Coping: The Q & A Project,” also funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. This five-year project used a longitudinal research design to investigate the mental health consequences of sexual orientation victimization of a diverse sample of gay, lesbian, bisexual youth (ages 15 to 21).

Additionally, he is disseminating findings as the Principal Investigator of four other research projects: “Transgender Youth: A Vulnerable Population”; “Caregiving among Middle-Aged and Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults;” and “Using Assessments & Program Assignments to Reduce Sexual Minority Stress & Enhance Psychological Well-Being among LGBT Youth”; and “Project DAN,” a study of hurtful and harmful experiences among sexual minority older adults.”

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Victor Groza

Victor Groza, Ph.D., LISW-S, is the Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies, Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. He is a licensed social worker and has a doctorate in Sociology. His research in child welfare focuses on three areas: (1) an examination of the institutional care of children, ways to improve the care of children who must reside in institutions, and the negative impact on child development from early institutionalization;
(2) family, children and service system issues in domestic, older-child adoption and international adoption; and (3) child welfare workforce issues. Since 1991 he has been involved in various child welfare technical assistance, research and training projects in Romania, India, Ukraine, Guatemala & Ethiopia. In the LGBTQ arena, he co-authored “The experiences of gay men and lesbians in becoming and being adoptive parents” (Adoption Quarterly, 2009) and “Coming out of the closet: Opening agencies to gay and lesbian adoptive parents. Social Work (2004). He has also studied adoption issues involving children with HIV. West University of Timisoara in Romania awarded Victor K. Groza, PhD, the Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies at the Mandel School, with an honorary doctoral degree called the Doctor Honoris Causa Award. This award recognizes Dr. Groza’s significant contributions toward developing social work education in Romania, as well as his outspoken and transformative advocacy for child welfare and adoption reform in the European country.
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Ardel Haefele-Thomas, PhD

Ardel Haefele-Thomas, PhD, Chair, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, City College of San Francisco, is a prominent LGBT educator and interdisciplinary scholar in the LGBTQ+ arena, with a particular focus on intersecting identities and transgender issues. Ardel is currently completing the textbook, “Introduction to Transgender Studies” for Harrington Park Press (forthcoming, 2017), and is also under contract with ABC-CLIO to co-author with Dr. Aaron Devor “Transgender: A Reference Handbook” (forthcoming,
2018). Ardel is the author of Queer Others in Victorian Gothic: Transgressing Monstrosity which was short listed for both the Allan Lloyd Smith and Sonya Rudikoff writing awards. Queer Others was published by University of Wales Press (distributed in the U.S. by University of Chicago Press), 2012.

Dr. Haefele-Thomas will be Guest Editor for the peer-review journal, Victorian Review, an interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal of Victorian Studies, on a thematic issue, “Trans Victorians” (due out 2019). Ardel serves as a Board member of Expanding the Circle, the influential conference devoted specifically to LGBTQ higher education. Professor Haefele-Thomas has authored numerous LGBT-related articles, book chapters and reviews in the area of the humanities, many with a special focus on Gothic studies and Victorian studies.

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Gilbert Herdt, Ph.D.

Gilbert Herdt, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized pioneer of LGBTQ and human sexuality/gender studies. He is an international expert on sexuality and gender, sexual identity development, sexual orientation, masculinity, sexual literacy, and the emergence of sexual rights in the context of the modern period. Dr. Herdt is Professor and Founder of the new PhD Graduate Program in Human Sexuality at the California Institute for Integral Studies. He is also Professor and Founder of
the Department of Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. He is also Director Emeritus of the National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC), which he directed for 10 years with major support from the Ford Foundation.
Amongst his most recent books are Human Sexuality, 1st Ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014; Moral Panics, Sex Panics; Same Sex, Different Cultures; Something to tell You; and Sambia: Ritual Sexuality and Change.
Previously he has taught at Stanford University and the University of Chicago, where he was Professor and Chair of the Committee on Human Development. Herdt was the first faculty sponsor of the undergraduate LGBT alliance on Stanford campus in the early 1980s.
He founded the Center on Culture and Mental Health at the University of Chicago and received major NIMH funding to train two cohorts of pre and postdoctoral students, including many who were LGBT scholars.
Dr. Herdt has conducted major fieldwork in Papua New Guinea (1974-2010), Chicago (1986-1989), and the Bay Area of California (2000-01) on issues of sexual orientation development and policy change. Herdt’s work on the Sambia of Papua New Guinea was among the first major foundational works on sexual identity in the field of anthropology. He has published 33 books and edited scientific anthologies, monographs, and some 100 scientific peer- reviewed journal articles, chapters, encyclopedia articles, and scholarly reports
Dr. Herdt’s fieldwork on the Sambia of Papua New Guinea over a period of 19 years and 13 field trips culminated in several books and papers, notably, Guardians of the Flutes (1981), Intimate Communications (1991), Third Sex, Third Gender (1994), and The Sambia (2006). A BBC film also followed.
In the United States, he is best known for his path-breaking community based study in Chicago of self-identified gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents and their families, published as Children of Horizons, 1993, and Something to Tell You, 2000.
Dr. Herdt was the founder at the University of Chicago of the Center on Culture and Mental Health, and with colleagues Andrew Boxer and Bert Cohler a co-founder of the Evelyn Hooker Center for Gay and Lesbian Mental Health.
Dr. Herdt is the founding editor of Sexuality Research and Social Policy (now published by Taylor & Francis/Routledge). Previously he was general editor of a series of books at the University of Chicago Press.
Currently, he is writing The Singers Are Gone: 40 Years of Sambia Sexual Culture Change. He lives in Bali with his partner, Gede.
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Sharon Horne

Sharon G. Horne, Ph.D., Professor, Director of Training, Counseling Psychology; Ph.D. in Counseling and School Psychology, Department of Counseling and School Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Horne conducts research on LGBTQ issues, mental health and college student development, and international psychology concerns. Her LGBTQ Research Team, co-led with Heidi M. Levitt, PhD, focuses on improving and strengthening the lives of LGBT individuals through study of issues
relevant to LGBT experience. Within a social justice framework, she explores LGBTQ health and wellness from both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Her LGBTQ research has focused on LGBT spirituality; LGBT youth and resiliency; same-sex couples and relationship factors; internalized heterosexism and mental health factors of Russian LGBT individuals; heterosexual attitudes toward LGBT individuals and coming out in therapy; the psychological impact of anti-LGBT policies and amendments on the lives of LGBT individuals and their family members; LGBTQ parents; and, the development of international activists.

Dr. Horne has author or co-authored well over 70 articles in high-impact peer reviewed journals, book anthologies and reviews. Her articles have appeared in LGBT-focused journals such as the Journal of GLBT Family Studies, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Journal of Homosexuality, and Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies as well as other major journals in psychology, counseling, and sexuality studies/policy. She has been awarded numerous honors for her contributions to the psychology of sexual orientation, gender roles and gender studies.

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Tonda Hughes

Tonda Hughes, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, is Professor and Associate Dean for Global Health in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is Adjunct Professor in the UIC School of Public Health and at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. She is also co-director of the UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program, Visiting Senior Scientist at Fenway Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, and former Visiting Professor at the
University of Melbourne (2010-2014).

Professor Hughes has a distinguished career in substance abuse research focusing on women (total funding exceeding $20 million USD). She is well known for her groundbreaking work in the 1980s related to chemically dependent nurses, and is an internationally recognized expert in the area of alcohol use among sexual minority (i.e., lesbian and bisexual) women. Her pioneering studies on the predictors and consequences of alcohol use among sexual minority women have received continuous funding since 1999 from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other sources and have grown into the world’s longest-running longitudinal study of alcohol use and health among sexual minority women. She has served as co-investigator on numerous other funded studies with researchers from major U.S. and Australian institutions, including the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

Professor Hughes has more than 140 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other scholarly papers to her credit—as well as scores of scientific paper presentations, workshops, and invited addresses at national and international research conferences. She serves or has served as consultant to many U.S. federal agencies and institutes such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Mental Health, and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and to researchers in the United States, Canada, India, Thailand, Rwanda, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The impact of Professor Hughes’ research is evident in the myriad awards she has received from diverse organizations on local, national, and international levels. Examples of these are awards from the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association, the Chicago Lesbian Cancer Project, the Illinois Nurses Society on Addictions, the International Nurses Society on Addictions, and Sigma Theta Tau International. She has been honored as an outstanding alumna of both Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky and by induction into the American Academy of Nursing, the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, and the University of Kentucky College of Nursing Hall of Fame. Last year she was selected to receive three prestigious awards: the 2014 Distinguished Contribution Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the 2014 Inaugural UIC College of Nursing Distinguished Researcher Award, and the 2014 Betty Ford Award from the Association of Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA). She will be inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Michael Kauth

Michael R. Kauth, Ph.D. , is one of two Directors of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Program, Office of Patient Care Services, Veterans Health Administration. He is a national leader in psychosocial care and intervention for LGBT veterans as well as LGBT individuals in active military service. The LGBT Program in the Veterans Health Administration was established in 2012. As such it develops training for clinical staff, responds to queries from the field, and advises Patient Care Services on best policy
and practices for LGBT Veteran healthcare.

Since 2004, Dr. Kauth has also served as the Co-Director for the South Central (VISN 16) Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), one of 10 VA MIRECCs. Between 1998-2015, Dr. Kauth also served as Associate Director for Education with the South Central MIRECC. The mission of the South Central MIRECC is to promote equity in engagement, access and quality of mental health care for veterans facing barriers to care, especially rural veterans.

Dr. Kauth attended the University of Mississippi and completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology and pre-doctoral internship at the New Orleans VA Medical Center. He has worked in the VA for 23 years and is located at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas.

Dr. Kauth is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine. He teaches a course on LGBT Health to second year medical students. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas. He has published more than 40 journal articles, 2 books, and 14 book chapters on topics that include health psychology, LGBT veteran health disparities, sexual health, implementation of educational interventions, and the evolution of human sexual attraction.

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Michael Kauth, Ph.D., narrates a presentation about LGBT Healthcare for veterans and their families for the Military Partners and Families Coalition.

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Nancy Knauer

Nancy J. Knauer, J.D. , is an internationally recognized scholar writing and sought-after speaker in the areas of identity, sexuality, and gender. She is currently the I. Herman Stern Professor of Law and Director of law & Public Policy Programs at the Beasley School of Law, Temple University. Professor Knauer was selected as one of 26 law professors from across the nation to be featured in the book What the Best Law Teachers Do, published by Harvard University Press in 2013. She teaches in the areas of
Law & Public Policy, Political & Civil Rights, Property, Religion and the Law, and Taxation.

She has published classic LGBT-focused journal articles which won national awards for their importance and impact. These have included both the Dukeminier Award and Stu Walter Prize in 2010 for “LGBT Elder Law: Towards Equity in Aging” (Harvard Journal of Law & Gender); and the Friel-Scanlan Award for “Science, Identity, and the Construction of the Gay Political
Narrative” (Law & Sexuality). She also published Gay and Lesbian Elders: History, Law, and Identity Politics in the U.S. (Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.) (2011).

She has contributed key chapters on LGBT elders for internationally published Anthologies. These include “LGBT Elders: Making the Case for Equity in Aging” in After Same-Sex Marriage The Future of Same-Sex Marriage (ed. Carlos Ball, New York University Press); “LGBT Individuals Living with Dementia: Rigths and Capacity Issues in the United States” in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Individuals with Dementia Theoretical Practical and Research Perspectives (Westwood & Price, co-editors Routledge). She served on the Editorial Board of “The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (SAGE, forthcoming) and authored three entries.

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Andrew Koppelman

Andrew Koppelman, is John Paul Stevens Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. He was recipient of the 2015 Walder Award for Research Excellence. Prof. Koppelman is a leading scholar on issues focusing on the intersection of law and political philosophy. His latest books are Defending American Religious Neutrality (Harvard University Press, 2013) and The Tough Luck Constitution and the Assault on Health Care Reform (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has published more than 100
articles and chapters in books and scholarly journals.

A selection of his seminal articles in or relating to the LGBTQ arena include: “Gay Rights, Religious Accommodations, and the Purposes of Antidiscrimination Law” (Southern California Law Review, 2015); “Judging the Case Against Same-Sex Marriage” (University of Illinois Law Review, 2014); “Why Discrimination Against Lesbians and Gay Men is Sex Discrimination” (New York University Law Review, 1994)“Is Hobby Lobby Worse for Religious Liberty than Smith?”(St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public Policy, forthcoming); and many more.

Prof. Koppelman is also an occasional contributor to and the Balkinization blog.

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Ryan Kull

Ryan M. Kull, PhD, is in private clinical practice in New York City specializing in sexual orientation and gender identity issues, including HIV/AIDS, addictions, families and couples, adolescence, and aging. He is also an adjunct lecturer at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and the founder and Director of the Kull Initiative for Psychotherapy (KIP). Dr. Kull’s research activities examine issues affecting LGBT people throughout the lifespan. As a research associate and consultant at the Gay, Lesbian
& Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Dr. Kull has authored studies related to LGBT youths’ K-12 school experiences, including a national study on school mental health professionals’ interventions with LGBT youth in secondary schools and a national assessment of school districts’ and states’ policy efforts to protect LGBT youth from bullying and harassment. Dr. Kull also served as a co-investigator and author of an NIH and VA funded national study examining the health/mental health issues and healthcare experiences of LGBT veterans.

Dr. Kull is the author and co-author of multiple juried papers, invited book chapters, and conference panels/symposia on LGBT-related health and mental health topics, including HIV/AIDS, STIs affecting MSM, bullying and harassment of LGBT youth, professional development, LGBT issues in education, and LGBT veterans.

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Katherine Kuvalanka, PhD

Katherine Kuvalanka, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Science and Social Work in the College of Education, Health & Society at Miami University. Katherine is a member of the Editorial Board of the “Journal of GLBT Family Studies,” as well as invited guest reviewer for at least 20 additional peer reviewed journals, including the “Journal of Lesbian Studies,” “Journal of Homosexuality,” and the “International Journal of Transgenderism.” She has authored or co-authored numerous peer
reviewed journal articles pertaining to LGBT family life studies. She has also authored or co-authored numerous book chapters in established textbooks or handbooks pertaining to LGBT parenthood and family life. For further information, click here.
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Steven Lee

Steven Lee, MD, is a leading practitioner and author with many specialized interests, including LGBT addiction psychiatry, mental health, and more specifically methamphetamine (crystal meth) use/abuse in LGBT populations. Amongst many affiliations and honors, he is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health; a fellow of the American Society for Addiction Medicine, author of Overcoming Crystal Meth Addiction: An Essential Guide to
Getting Clean (Marlowe & Company); an author of the Experts Advisory Committee, Methamphetamine White Paper, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); former board member of the National Committee on Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues, American Psychiatric Association; former board member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association; former psychiatric consultant for New York City’s Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition Against HIV and AIDS; former psychiatrist and mental health advisor for New York City’s LGBT community health center, the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center; member of the Experts Advisory Committee on Methamphetamine, Gay, and Lesbian Medical Association; and author of numerous textbook chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles about addiction in the LGBT community, including the recently published first edition textbook of the International Society of Addiction Medicine: Textbook of Addiction Treatment: International Perspectives.
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Arlene Lev

Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC,is the Director of TIGRIS—The Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality, a training program housed in Albany, New York. For over twenty-five years Arlene has served as an educator and trainer, specializing in issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, sexuality and relationships. She is a social worker by training, and practices feminist, systemic, family and individual therapy for the LGBTQ communities
of the Capital Region at Choices Counseling and Consulting.

Arlene has been an educator for nearly three decades. She is a lecturer, serving on the part-time faculty of the University at Albany, School of Social Welfare, where she is the Founder and Project Director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project (SOGI). She is also an adjunct at Empire College where she teaches Sex and Gender in a Cross-Cultural Perspective. Arlene has taught Gender Studies at Smith College School for Social Work and she also lectures at the Rockway Institute, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.

Arlene has served as a trainer, workshop leader, presenter and facilitator for numerous conferences, organizations and training programs locally, nationally and internationally. She is an experienced and engaging presenter.

Arlene has authored numerous journal articles and essays including authoring two books: “The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide” and “Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and their Families,” winner of the American Psychological Association (Division 44) Distinguished Book Award, 2006.

She is co-editing with Dr. Andrew Gottlieb “Families in Transition: Parent Perspectives on Raising Gender Diverse Children” (Harrington Park Press/Columbia University Press, forthcoming).

Arlene is also the Clinical Supervisor for Center Support: Counseling Services, a low-cost therapy program at The Pride Center of the Capital Region.

Arlene is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (where she served as a committee member of WPATH’s 7th revision the Standards of Care), the American Psychological Association (Division 44) and is on the Board of the American Family Therapy Academy, where she was the 2011 Conference Chair.

She serves on the editorial Boards of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies and the International Journal of Transgenderism.

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Petros Levounis

Petros Levounis, MD, MA, is Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and Chief of Services, University Hospital, Rutgers University. In the LGBT arena, Dr. Levounis has recently published the award-winning new text, The LGBT Casebook (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2012), co-edited with Dr. Jack Drescher and Dr. Mary Barber. He has published core research on methamphetamine (crystal meth) use among gay and bisexual men; gamma hydroxybutrate (GHB); HIV-related
issues in chemical dependency; dynamic approaches to psychotherapy with gay men and lesbians; and psychoanalysis and gay men. Dr. Levounis is married to actor Lukas Hassel and resides in New York City.

Dr. Levounis is an internationally renowned academician, author in addiction psychiatry, and sought-after expert speaker. His overarching interests include the psychotherapy and psychopharmacology of addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders, the teaching of psychiatry, and behavioral addictions. He is a Betty Ford Scholar and Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. From 2005 to 2009, he chaired the national Committee on Addiction Treatment of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Dr. Levounis is an ASAM fellow and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Levounis has been interviewed by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, The Martha Stewart Radio Show, The New York Times, The Daily News, TimeOut New York, and The Washington Post, among other media outlets.

Dr. Levounis has authored/edited nine books, including the self-help paperback Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister—and Not Lose Yourself (Perseus, 2008), the textbook Substance Dependence and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders (Civic Research Institute, 2010), Motivation and Change (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2010), Office-Based Buprenorphine Treatment of Opioid Dependence (APP, 2011), the award-winning and translated LGBT Casebook (APP, 2012), The Addiction Casebook (APP, 2014) based on the DSM-5, and The Behavioral Addictions (APP, 2015), an innovative book that includes re-enactment video clips played by Rutgers NJMS medical students. He is currently working on the American Psychiatric Publishing’s Pocket Guide to Addiction Assessment and Treatment, which is expected to be available in early 2016.

Dr. Petros Levounis discusses clinical issues for HIV patients with comorbid mental health and substance abuse complications

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Terrence O. Lewis, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Terrence O. Lewis, Ph.D., M.S.W., West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a community-based and clinical researcher with a focus on the relationships between churches and marginalized populations, including LGBT and ethnic minority communities. As part of his work for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in sociology and social work at Boston University, Dr. Lewis wrote a dissertation on LGBT-affirming Black churches and their responses to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Before coming to West Chester, he spent three years
as an Assistant Professor of social work at Augsburg College. Dr. Lewis was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression, an organization within the Council on Social Work Education.
His research and clinical interests also include multi-cultural adoptive youth living in gay/lesbian-headed households; disclosure practices among adopted youth with gay and lesbian parents; and the stigmization processs of LGBT black folk within historically black churches. For further information see:
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Trevon Logan, PhD

Trevon Logan, PhD, Chairperson and Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor of Economics, and Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, Ohio State University. Dr. Logan specializes in economic history, economic demography and applied microeconomics. His research in economic history concerns the development of living standards measures that can be used to directly assess the question of how the human condition has changed over time. He applies the
techniques of contemporary living standard measurements to the past as a means of deriving consistent estimates of well-being over time. Most of his historical work uses historical household surveys, but also includes some new data to look at topics such as the returns to education in the early twentieth century, the formation of tastes, and the allocation of resources within the household.

He is, or has been, on the editorial boards of such prestigious academic journal as Social Science History, Journal of Economic History, and Demographic Research. He is a referee for at least 20 additional high impact journals, and has published numerous peer review articles in disciplines ranging from economics to sociology to history.

In the LGBTQ/gender studies arena, Dr. Logan is a leading international authority on male sex work economics. He published the seminal papers “Personal Characteristics, Sexual Behaviors, and Male Sex Work: A Quantitative Approach,” (American Sociological Review, Vol. 75, No. 5, 2010), and together with Shah Manisha, “Face Value: Information and Signaling in an Illegal Market,” Southern Economic Journal, January 2013.

His new book from Cambridge University Press, is just being released: “Economics, Sexuality, and Male Sex Work.” According to Dr. Christopher Carpenter at Vanderbilt University, “Logan offers a groundbreaking and comprehensive analysis of this poorly understood market. This book should be required reading for a broad class of social scientists at the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality.” According to Rene Almeling of Yale University, “Trevon D. Logan takes the reader on a fascinating deep dive into the American market for male sex workers. Through a series of careful analyses, he reveals that the inner workings of this understudied market are profoundly shaped by the intersecting social dynamics of masculinity, sexuality, and race.”

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Gerald Mallon

Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, Julia Lathrop Professor of Child Welfare, and Executive Director, NRCPFC (National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections), Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York. Dr. Mallon is an international reknowned author, scholar, and social worker who focuses on LGBTQ family issues. He is a recognized expert on LGBT children, youth, and family issues particularly as they relate to child welfare. Through his writing, advocacy, and training efforts, he
has influenced major changes in policy and practice concerning LGBTQ youth within the child welfare system.

Dr. Mallon is the author of the book, We Don’t Exactly get the Welcome Wagon: The Experience of Gay and Lesbian Youth in Child Welfare Settings (1998), which was the first systematic investigation providing empirical data on LGBTQ youth in foster care. His more recent books and edited volumes include Social Work Practice with LGBTQ People (2008); Social Work Practice with Transgender and Gender Variant Youth (2009); Child Welfare for the Twenty-First Century, Second Edition (co-edited with Peg McCartt Hess, 2015); and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Foster & Adoptive Parents: Recruiting, Assessing, and Supporting Untapped Family Resources for Children and Youth (2015). These works have made a significant impact on the study of child welfare and LGBTQ children, youth, and families. He is the author of these amongst 24 books in total along with over 100 articles in high impact peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and other papers.

Mallon was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare in 2014. He received that same ear the NYS Citizens Coalition for Children Award and the Family Equality Council’s Holstetter-Habib Award. In 2012, Mallon was given the Louisiana Adoption Advisory Board’s Award of Distinction. In 2011, Mallon received The Judge Richard Ware Award from the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund as well as the Family Focus Adoption Agency’s Child Welfare Advocate Award. Mallon’s publications have also earned additional distinctions. He received the Academic Book of the Year award from the American Library Association in 2006 and 1999; was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in 2010; and was nominated for the American Library Association’s GLBT Roundtable Book of the Year award in 1999.

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James Martin

James I. Martin, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director, MSW Program; and McSilver Faculty Fellow at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Martin is the founder and co-chair of the Caucus of LGBT Faculty and Students in Social Work. He is a former member of the NASW National Committee on LGBT Issues, and former co-chair of the CSWE Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression. He is recognized internationally as
a leader in social work theory, research, practice and policy having to do with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) populations. His research and areas of expertise include the history and construction of LGBTQ identities; social and economic justice issues; and health and mental health disparities among LGBTQ populations. He has particular interests in the impact of sociohistorical changes on identity and development; victimization and other social and economic justice issues among LGBTQ populations; and special issues in research methods with these populations.

In the MSW program at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, he teaches the elective course Contemporary GLBT Issues and also has taught most of the required Practice and Research courses. In the School’s PhD program he has taught Introductory Statistics and the Dissertation Proseminar. Dr. Martin’s most recent studies examined victimization and coping among gay and bisexual men, and the treatment of LGBT issues in American social work education. Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Dr. Martin was Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he co-founded Lambda Faculty and Staff. Previous to entering academic life, he maintained a private clinical practice in Chicago, specializing in practice with lesbian and gay clients, and he led Hartgrove Hospital’s Department of Social Work.

Dr. Martin is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services and the Journal of Homosexuality, as well as other major national social work journals.
He has produced more than 40 publications–many of them focusing on LGBT social work research, theory, and practice–including articles in high impact peer review journals, book chapters, monographs, and bibliographies. He is the co-editor of the Handbook of research with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations (New York, NY: Routledge, 2009), as well as Research methods with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender populations (Binghamton, NY: Harrington Park Press, 2009), which was simultaneously published as the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 15(1-2), 2009. Previously, he co-authored Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths and adults: Knowledge for human services practice (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998).
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Connie Matthews

Connie Matthews, Ph.D., is a national leader in the area of LGBT psychology and LGBT substance abuse. She has worked as a practitioner, an educator, and a researcher for over thirty years, helping professionals and community members to be more responsive to the needs of LGBT and diverse populations. She has worked with community mental health and drug and alcohol programs, community action youth programs, and in higher education. In these capacities, she has worked closely with numerous
school districts, police departments, businesses, and human service organizations serving constituents of all ages. At the time of this writing she is President of Division 44 of the American Psychological Association (Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues). She is associate editor of the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling.
She has recently been serving on a statewide work group with the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to improve access to culturally competent care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex consumers across the state and on the Cultural Competence subcommittee of the Clinical Standards committee with the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs. She is currently also the Managing Partner of New Perspectives, LLC, which provides consulting and training services for human service organizations, educational institutions, health-care facilities, and communities in order to help them respond effectively to changing cultural landscapes, especially with respect to sexual orientation and gender variance.

She has published numerous peer-review articles pertaining to LGBT issues covering a rich array of topics including LGBT addiction studies, LGBT disabilities, and LGBT counselor education. She is the author of the key chapter “Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals” in the new handbook from Springer, Addiction Medicine: Science and Practice (B. Johnson, editor), and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on LGBT issues in mental health and human services. For additional details see and also

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Joseph Merlino

Joseph P. Merlino, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry, Downstate College of Medicine (SUNY); Vice President for Faculty Affairs SUNY Downstate. Joseph P. Merlino, MD, MPA, was previously Co-Editor of the “Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health” (Taylor & Francis) from 2000-2010. He also co-edited that journal’s special issue, “American Psychiatry and Homosexuality” which was co-published in book format under the Harrington Park Press imprint by Haworth Press (now part of Taylor & Francis). He a member of the
Downstate faculty since 2009, was named its founding Vice President. Dr. Merlino is a psychiatrist with special interest in individual development, team based leadership, and system transformation. Before joining Downstate, Dr. Merlino was Deputy Executive Director of Kings County Hospital Center responsible for the Behavioral Health Service Line and largely credited with the team that led the successful transformation of the service.

Dr. Merlino and his Office are responsible for Downstate’s faculty development programs including the seminar series, interest groups, and formal mentoring programs. The Faculty Affairs Office is committed to a Campus culture that nurtures successful careers and work-life integration.

Dr. Merlino is a member of the Editorial Board of several major academic journals in the area of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, including the “Journal of Psychiatric Administration & Management.” He is a member of the Publications Board of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) and is an “Ambassador Fellow” of the New York Academy of Medicine.

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Lori Messinger

Lori Messinger, MA, MSW, Ph.D., Professor and Director, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Dr. Messinger is nationally recognized as a leader in the area of social work practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) populations. She co-authored with Dr. Deana Morrow Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Social Work Practice: Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People, and Case Studies on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Social Work Practice,
both published by Columbia University Press. She also has published 13 articles, along with numerous book chapters, teaching modules, and monographs, over the last 15 years. She was the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Contemporary Contributions in Undergraduate Social Work Award from the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD), along with several teaching awards.
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Ilan Meyer

Ilan Meyer, Ph.D., Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy, The Williams Institute. Dr. Meyer is a pioneer in the area of sexual minority stress. His academic focus is in social psychology, psychiatric epidemiology, and sociomedical sciences in public health. In several highly cited papers, Dr. Meyer developed a model of minority stress that described the relationship of social stressors and mental disorders and helped to explain LGBT health disparities. The model has guided his and other investigators’ population
research on LGBT health disparities by identifying the mechanisms by which social stressors impact health and describing the harm to LGBT people from prejudice and stigma. The model was cited by the Institute of Medicine as one of four cross-cutting perspectives (the only one stemming from LGBT scholarship) recommended for the study of LGBT health. For this work, Dr. Meyer received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Meyer is co-editor with Mary E. Northridge of The Health of Sexual Minorities: Public Health Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations (Springer, 2007).–h-meyer/
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Nancy J. Mezey, PhD

Nancy J. Mezey, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Monmouth University. Dr. Mezey specializes in the areas of family sociology, race-class-gender studies, gender studies, and the sociology of sexualities. Her research focuses on how and why diverse family forms develop out of particular social, cultural, historical, and political contexts. At Monmouth University, Dr. Mezey has served as the Director of the Sociology Program, Curriculum Coordinator of the Gender
Studies Program, Director of the Institute for Global Understanding, and advisor to the Sociology Club. Outside of Monmouth University, Dr. Mezey has served in numerous capacities with the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), including as the Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Mezey is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer where she served in Mali, West Africa from 1988-1990. In 2010, she received the Monmouth University Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.

In the LGBTQ arena, Dr. Mezey is author of a rich array of monographs and texts as well as book chapters including: GLBT Families. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, an imprint of Sage Publications, Inc.; New Choices, New Families: How Lesbians Decide about Motherhood. The Johns Hopkins University Press; “How Lesbians/Gay Men Decide to be Parents or Remain Childfree” in LGBT-Parent Families: Possibilities for New Research and Implications for Practice, edited by Abbie E. Goldberg and Katherine R. Allen (New York: Springer Publishing Company); “Deciding Whether to Parent” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies, edited by Abbie Goldberg (20160 Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

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Douglas NeJaime

Douglas NeJaime, JD, is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Faculty Director of the Williams Institute. He teaches in the areas of family law, law and sexuality, constitutional law, and legal ethics. Before joining the UCLA faculty, NeJaime was Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law and Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Before that, he was the Sears Law Teaching Fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA. NeJaime is the co-author of Cases and Materials on Sexual Orientation and the Law
(with William Rubenstein, Carlos Ball, and Jane Schacter) (5th ed. West 2014). His recent scholarship includes “Conscience Wars: Complicity-Based Conscience Claims in Religion and Politics,” 124 Yale Law Journal 2516 (2015), with Reva Siegel; “Before Marriage: The Unexplored History of Nonmarital Recognition and Its Relationship to Marriage,” 102 California Law Review 87 (2014); “Constitutional Change, Courts, and Social Movements,” 113 Michigan Law Review 877 (2013); “Marriage Inequality: Same-Sex Relationships, Religious Exemptions, and the Production of Sexual Orientation Discrimination,” 100 California Law Review 1169 (2012); “Winning Through Losing,” 96 Iowa Law Review 941 (2011); and “Lawyering for Marriage Equality,” 57 UCLA Law Review 1235 (2010), with Scott Cummings.

NeJaime is a two-time recipient of the Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best sexual orientation legal scholarship published in the previous year. He is also the 2014 recipient of UCI Law’s Professor of the Year Award and the 2011 recipient of Loyola Law School’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

NeJaime has provided commentary on issues relating to sexual orientation and same-sex marriage to numerous press outlets, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR, and NBC News.

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Eric Donald Olson, PhD, CHE, MBA

Eric Donald Olson, PhD, CHE, MBA, Dept of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University of Science and Technology. Dr. Olson is a prolific emerging author of peer review research articles in the area of LGBT hospitality, travel & tourism, event management, and related fields. Examples of articles he has authored or co-authored include “A typology of gay consumers’ interaction styles” (Journal of Homosexuality), “The effects of social justice and stigma-consciousness
on gay customers’ service recovery evaluations” (Journal of Business Research); “Service recovery evaluations: GLBTG versus hetero customers” (International Journal of Hospitality Management); and many more now under review. His research, presentations and projects have included such topics as gay-friendly hotels and implications for hospitality organizations; gay and lesbian customer discriminatory service experiences; typology of “Pride” sponsorships; and subtle discrimination toward gay and lesbian customers in the lodging industry.
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Ramona F. Oswald, Ph.D.

Ramona F. Oswald, Ph.D., Professor of Family Studies, Director of the Graduate Program, Dept. of Human & Community Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Oswald is a national leader in many specialty areas within child and family studies/relations. She is the Co-founder and former Co-chair of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, & Straight Alliance Focus Group of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Dr. Oswald coordinates an annual LGBTQ Research Symposium generally held at her school.
The symposium attracts numerous academics and scholars representing primary researchers in all branches of LGBTQ social and behavioral science research. She is one of the most prolific authors and researchers in the area of LGBT studies. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies, and was previously on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Lesbian Studies. She is a member of numerous other editorial boards in or related to family studies, including Family Relations and the Journal of Family Theory & Review. She is on the Advisory Board of the instantly classic “SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies” (Sage Publications, winner of the Division 44 Book of the Year (2016). She has authored or co-authored over 40 peer review articles and reviews in top-ranked scholarly journals. Dr. Oswald guest-edited a special issue of the “Journal of Family Theory & Review” on “LGBT Parent Families.” She edited the monograph, “Lesbian Rites: Symbolic Acts and Power of the Community” (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2003). She is currently amongst many other professional activities a member of the Elections Council of the National Council on Family Relations. She was elected a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations in 2015.
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John Pachankis, PhD

John Pachankis, PhD, Associate Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences division of the Yale School of Public Health. Dr.Pachankis studies the health of LGBT individuals. He specifically seeks to identify the psychological processes and social contextual factors explaining LGBT individuals’ disproportionate experiences with various adverse mental and physical health outcomes. To accomplish these aims, he combines social psychological methods with life course developmental models of stigma, health, and
mental health. For example, one line of his research examines the psychosocial consequences of concealing one’s sexual orientation in various contexts and across formative years of development. Another seeks to examine the longitudinal effects of migrating to urban areas on young gay and bisexual men’s health. He draws upon his training as a clinical psychologist to translate the results of these studies into psychosocial interventions to improve the health of the LGBT community. One of these intervention projects, for example, seeks to promote resilient coping among young gay and bisexual men to counter the negative mental health effects of stigma.

One of the primary goals of his research is to apply formative studies to psychosocial interventions to improve the health of the LGBT community. One of these interventions has shown preliminary evidence for helping young gay and bisexual men cope with early and ongoing stress to reduce their depression, anxiety, substance use, condomless sex, and sexual compulsivity. Its efficacy was established in the first randomized controlled trial of an LGB-affirmative mental health treatment.

His collaborative research also examines the efficacy of similar LGB-affirmative interventions delivered via novel technologies (e.g., smartphones), in diverse settings (e.g., Eastern Europe), and with diverse segments of the LGBT community (e.g., rural youth). He has a longstanding interest in psychotherapy process research, including determining what psychological interventions work for whom and the reasons explaining why psychological interventions work in the first place.

His research has been featured in national and international media outlets, such as The New York Times and Time. This work has also been cited in several amici curiae briefs in cases related to LGBT stigma and discrimination before state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dr. Pachankis teaches an interdisciplinary class called Stigma and Health at the Yale School of Public Health that examines stigma across multiple levels (e.g., societal, psychological) and across numerous stigmatizing conditions and identities to understand stigma’s full impact on population health.

Dr. Pachankis has published numerous peer reviewed articles in major and highly cited journals in psychology, LGBT studies, and HIV/AIDS. He has authored or co-authored major chapters in numerous books pertaining to these same areas.

He is a Consulting Editor for the journal Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (Division 44, American Psychological Association), and ad hoc reviewer for such journals as AIDS and Behavior; Archives of Sexual Behavior; Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Sex Research, Psychology of Men and Masculinity; Psychology & Sexuality; Sex Roles; and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

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Jeffrey Parsons

Jeffrey Parsons, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is the founder and director of CHEST (Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training) located at Hunter College. He is a pioneer in the general areas of health behaviors (e.g., HIV prevention, HIV medication adherence, sexual behavior, substance use/abuse); GLBTQ issues; interventions designed to change sexual/drug using behaviors among various populations; club drug use
(ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine). CHEST projects are based on theories of health behavior change and are designed to reduce the spread of HIV and/or to improve the lives of persons with HIV (for details, see He is editor-in-chief of the internationally known journal Sexuality Research & Social Policy (Springer), is on the editorial boards of numerous research journals in HIV and LGBT studies, and is author or co-author of numerous peer-review research articles in these fields.
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Charlotte Patterson

Charlotte J. Patterson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and in the Center for Children, Families, and the Law, and is director of the interdisciplinary program Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the psychology of sexual orientation, with an emphasis on sexual orientation, human development, and family lives. She is best known for her studies of child development in the context of lesbian and (male) gay-parented families.

The author or editor of many professional books and articles, she has also won a number of distinguished awards. She recently served as a member of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps convened by the U.S. Institute of Medicine. Their report, entitled “The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding,” was released in March, 2011 (free pdf copy:

She was co-editor with Dr. A. D’Augelli of the Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation; Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities in Families: Psychological Perspectives; Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities Among Youth: Psychological Perspectives; and Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities over the Lifespan: Psychological Perspectives. All of these volumes were published by Oxford University Press.

Amongst her numerous awards were the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, the Outstanding Book of the Year Award from APA’s Division 44 (Society for Psychological Study of LGBT Issues), for Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation; the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, also bestowed by APA Division 44; the Laura Brown Award for Outstanding Contributions in Advancing Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Psychology from the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35); and the Carolyn Attneave Diversity Award from APA Division 43 (Family Psychology) for contributions that advance the understanding of and integration of diversity into family psychology. For further information:

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Cathy Reback

Cathy J. Reback, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Friends Research Institute, Inc. (; Executive Director, Friends Community Center (;  Research Sociologist, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (; Core Scientist, UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services ( Dr. Reback is both a researcher and a community service provider. For over 25 years her research has focused on the
intersection of HIV risk behaviors, substance use, sexual identity, and gender identity among MSM and transwomen.

Dr. Reback has authored or co-authored more than 65 peer-review journal articles pertaining to or relevant to MSM and transwomen on HIV health care, mental health, and community services, as well as numerous book chapters in these areas. The significance of Dr. Reback’s research has been the application of research in community settings, the early integration of biobehavioral approaches to substance abuse and HIV prevention, the application of technology as a novel real-time intervention, and the coupling of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Dr. Reback was one of the first researchers in the country to link the rise in HIV infection among gay and bisexual men to sexual risk behaviors engaged in while using methamphetamine and she was one of the first researchers in the country to identify co-factors for HIV acquisition and transmission that contribute to the disproportionate HIV disease burden among urban transwomen.

In 1997, Dr. Reback served as the co-investigator on the first epidemiological study in Los Angeles to assess health risks among transwomen. Foremost in the design and implementation of her research studies has always been the formation of long-lasting community-research collaborations. She has an extensive background in conducting community-research collaborations, evaluating behavioral treatment therapies, designing and implementing street-based intervention programs for out-of-treatment substance users, and managing large-scale HIV prevention and intervention programs. Dr. Reback collaborates with local community-based organizations to adopt, tailor, and transfer evidence-based interventions into public health and community settings. Dr. Reback’s commitment to community research has led her to become a sought-after collaborator. She has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on ethnographic, intervention, biomedical, mHealth, and epidemiological studies funded by NIDA, NIMH, HRSA, CSAT, CDC, CHRP (formerly UARP), California State Office of AIDS, the County of Los Angeles, and the City of Los Angeles.

In addition to her research experience, Dr. Reback has also designed and taught numerous courses in social research, sexuality and society, modern society, society and individual development, sociology of the family, principles of sociology, professions and work, and emotions in society.

Dr. Reback has current or past membership on the Los Angeles Transgender Task Force; Transgender HIV Youth Consortium; Los Angeles County PEP and PrEP Work Group; Los Angeles County HIV Prevention Planning Committee; HIV Drug and Alcohol Task Force of the HIV Commission on Health Services; Los Angeles County Methamphetamine Work Group; Center for Substance Abuse Treatment LGBT Work Group; Los Angeles County LGBT Health Advisory Group; and numerous other local and national HIV/AIDS and substance abuse task forces and advisory committees. Dr. Reback was awarded the City Council Appreciation Award from the City of West Hollywood (2001), the HIV Warrior Award from the City of West Hollywood (2003), the Spirit of Hope award from Being Alive (2005), the Distinguished Community Service Award from California State University at Northridge (2013), and the Outstanding Service Organization award for her work with transgender women from the City of West Hollywood (2014).

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Sari L. Reisner, ScD

Sari L. Reisner, ScD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Affiliated Research Scientist, The Fenway Institute Fenway Health (Boston). Dr. Reisner is a global leader in the field of transgender health. Dr. Reisner published the first comprehensive review of the global health burden and needs of transgender populations to identify gaps and opportunities and to geographically
prioritize transgender public health research, practice, and policy (Reisner et al., Lancet, 2016). This landmark paper was published in the first ever special issue of a peer-review medical journal dedicated to transgender health.

More broadly, Dr. Reisner is an international leader in multiple areas pertaining to LGBT health care. He is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist whose overarching research goal is to understand and improve the health and wellbeing of traditionally marginalized and underserved patient populations. His research focuses on: (1) health disparities and inequities, especially in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) populations with specialization in local, national, and global transgender and nonconforming health; (2) epidemiology of HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), with biobehavioral intervention design and development for high priority populations; and (3) psychiatric epidemiology concentrating in mental health and substance use/abuse risks and resiliencies in adolescents and young adults.

Dr. Reisner has published over 100 peer-review articles, most in top-ranked high impact journals and many pertaining to LGBT health research. He has also contributed chapters to at least three major edited works including HIV Prevention: A Comprehensive Approach (Elsevier); Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (Oxford University Press); The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (SAGE Publications).

Dr. Reisner is Research Associate Editor for the Open Access journal Transgender Health. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for numerous high impact journals pertaining to LGBT/HIV research including AIDS Care, AIDS and Behavior, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, AIDS Patient Care and STDs, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS), Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Sex Research, Archives of Sex Behavior, LGBT Health, and more.

Dr. Reisner routinely offers clinical competency trainings/courses in transgender health as an advisory board and faculty member of The National LGBT Health Education Center at Fenway Health, including recorded webinar sessions available for CMEU credits. He regularly lectures at Harvard and in the Boston area at local universities, He mentors students, fellows, and research staff in the application of epidemiologic methods to study “hidden” populations. As a mentor, he takes a collaborative approach to nurture student interests, helping mentees to cultivate the skills needed to propel their interests forward.

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Michael Ross

Dr. Michael Ross is the Joycelyn Elders Professor of Sexual Health Education in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Ross was born in New Zealand and holds 11 degrees including a Ph.D. in cross-cultural health psychology from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and an MD from Malmö University (Sweden), and degrees in criminology from the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge, England.

Dr. Michael Ross discusses issues of internalized homonegativity, with a special focus on implications for sexual health intervention

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B.R. Simon Rosser, Ph.D., M.P.H., L.P.

B.R. Simon Rosser, Ph.D., M.P.H., L.P., Professor and the founding director of the HIV/STI Intervention and Prevention Studies (HIPS) Program in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Rosser has advanced degrees in psychology, epidemiology, behavioral medicine, and postdoctoral training in clinical/research sexology. Simon was born and raised in New Zealand. In 1980, he helped establish Odyssey House, New Zealand’s first drug rehabilitation
therapeutic community. In 1983, with Bruce Burnett, Simon helped establish the AIDS Support Network, which later became the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. While a master’s student at Auckland University, he trained the first AIDS buddy volunteers in his country.

In 1986, Simon moved to Australia to complete a Ph.D. in the effects of AIDS education on male homosexual behavior. On the strength of his research, he was awarded an Australian Commonwealth Scholarship, and in 1989, the first Ph.D. in HIV prevention research in the Southern Hemisphere. In 1990, Simon immigrated to Minnesota. In 1992, he completed his postdoctoral clinical/research fellowship at the University of Minnesota’s Program in Human Sexuality, and in 1997, completed a Masters in Public Health in epidemiology. Clinically, he specialized in the treatment of unsafe sexual behavior, HIV mental health, sexual orientation and religious identity conflicts, sex offending, and general sexology concerns.

In the first book to evaluate the effects of AIDS education on male homosexual behavior, which was awarded an “Outstanding Academic Book” award by the American College Library Association’s journal, Choice. His other books include Gay Catholics Down Under (Praeger, 1991); with Michael Wright and Onno de Zwaart, he edited New International Directions in HIV Prevention for Gay and Bisexual Men (Haworth Press, 1998); with Michael Ross and Lorna Channon-Little, he wrote Sexual Health Concerns: Interviewing and History Taking for Health Practitioners (F.A. Davis, 2000); and with Julie Endersbe, was expert consultant for Homosexuality: What Does It Mean? (LifeMatters, 2000): a book for high risk teens.

In 1993, he developed the Man-to-Man: Sexual Health Seminars, a comprehensive human sexuality program for homosexually active men. In 1994, under a grant from the Swedish Institutes of Health, he trained Swedish HIV prevention workers in this initiative. From 1994-1998, he served on the Minnesota Health Commissioner’s Task Force on HIV/STD Prevention. From 1998-2004, he collaborated with the Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, to provide advanced training to HIV prevention workers who work with Latino men who have sex with men. Since 2001, he has served as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health; and since 2016 as chair of the Behavioral and Social Science Prevention of HIV/AIDS Study Section. He is an elected full member of the International Academy for Sex Research, fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, and also fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 44).

Simon is a prodigious researcher as evidenced by five books and approximately over 150 peer reviewed publications. His major areas of research include HIV/STI prevention, unsafe sexual behavior, male homosexuality, religious and sexual identity formation, Internet-sex, effects of internalized homophobia, prostate cancer and sexual health promotion. From 2000-03, he was a visiting researcher in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):in Atlanta, studying HIV prevention in 13 rural states. He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on multiple NIH, CDC, and state funded studies. Currently, he teaches two graduate courses, PubH6010 Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS and PubH6000 Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Health.

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Sharon Rostosky

Sharon Scale Rostosky, Ph.D., Director of Counseling Psychology Training & Professor of Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky. Dr. Rostosky received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1998. Dr. Rostosky is the co-founder of the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM), a research team of faculty and students addressing social justice issues related to the psychosocial health and well-being of sexual minority individuals and their families.
Publications and current projects can be found at Dr. Rostosky teaches Professional Issues in Counseling Psychology. The Internship Preparation Seminar, and Advanced Practicum Seminar. She is a Full Member of the Graduate Faculty and a Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Dr. Rostosky co-authored with Dr. E.D.B. Riggle two major books: Happy together: Thriving as a same-sex couple in your family, workplace, and community. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association (2015) and A positive view of LBGTQ: Embracing identity and cultivating well-being. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield. The latter work was recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Book Award, American Psychological Association, Div 44: Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues). Dr. Rostosky has authored or co-authored almost 70 peer review articles in top-ranking, high impact journals, many of which are in LGBT or LGBT-related fields. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies and also the Journal of Lesbian Studies, and is ad-hoc reviewer for dozens of national or international journals in the fields of psychology, sociology, health, and other fields.
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Esther Rothblum

Esther D. Rothblum, Ph.D., Professor of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University. Dr. Rothblum received her B.A. from Smith College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University Depression Research Unit. Her research and writing have focused on mental health issues in which women predominate, including depression, weight and stigma, procrastination and fear of failure, and lesbian issues. She is editor of the Journal of
Lesbian Studies and Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. Dr. Rothblum was awarded a Kellogg Fellowship that focused on travel to Africa to study women’s mental health. She has also received a National Science Foundation grant to travel to the Antarctic in order to focus on women’s stress and coping. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Flinders University in South Australia and is also a Life Member of Clare Hall, a college of Cambridge University.

Dr. Rothblum is a Fellow of seven divisions of the American Psychological Association: Division 1 (General Psychology), Division 2 (Teaching of Psychology), Division 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues); Division 12 (Clinical Psychology), Division 29 (Psychotherapy), Division 35 (Psychology of Women), and Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues).

Regarding her research on lesbian issues, Dr. Rothblum is former chair of the Committee on Lesbian and Gay Concerns of the American Psychological Association and Past President of Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues) of APA. She has edited over 20 books, including Lesbian Friendships (New York University Press, 1996), Preventing Heterosexism and Homophobia (Sage Publications), Boston Marriages: Romantic But Asexual Relationships Among Contemporary Lesbians (University of Massachusetts Press, 1993), Lesbians in Academia (Routledge, 1997) and Loving Boldly: Issues Facing Lesbians (Haworth Press, 1989).

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Stephen T. Rusell, PhD

Stephen T. Russell, PhD, Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, and Past President of the Society for Research on Adolescence. He is a national leader in the study of children, adolescence and family studies. In the LGBT arena, he is also Co-Chair of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Straight Alliance (GLBTSA) Focus Group of the National Council on Family Relations at the time of this writing. He has served as
Guest Editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education (now entitled Journal of LGBT Youth), for which he has also served on its Editorial Board.

Stephen recently co-authored with Jessica Fish a seminal literature review article, “Mental Health in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Youth” in the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology (2016). He has published over a dozen LGBT peer review journal articles amongst almost 100 articles in total in all areas of his expertise.

“I study adolescent development,” notes Dr. Russell, “… with an emphasis on adolescent sexuality, LGBT youth, and parent-adolescent relationships. Much of my research is guided by a commitment to create social change to support healthy adolescent development. I am most proud of my research that has been used to shape local and state policies and laws for school safety, and my most rewarding work is with trainees: I work with an amazing group of postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and I find supporting their development and learning from them to be the most satisfying part of my job.

“I have been involved in community and professional organizations throughout my career, including as Human Relations Commissioner in several cities (Durham, NC; Davis, CA; Tucson, AZ), and currently as chair of the Board of Directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). I have been an elected board member of the National Council on Family Relations (2005-2008), and am Past-President of the Society for Research on Adolescence.”

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Stephen Russell discusses the special vulnerabilities of LGBT youth in a past presentation at the National Council on Family Relations.

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Scott Ryan

Scott D. Ryan, MSW, MBA, Ph.D., is the Dean as well as the Jenkins Garrett Professor, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington. He is a leading, nationally-known researcher, educator, administrator, and policy analyst in the fields of adoption, child welfare, family service and other areas of social work and human services. Dr. Ryan has author or co-authored at least 40 articles in top-ranked academic/scholarly journals. A portion focus on critical, thought-leading scholarship pertaining to LGBT issues,
with a particular focus on gay and lesbian adoption issues and related child welfare/family issues. He is the Editor of the Adoption Quarterly (Taylor & Francis/Routledge). Dr. Ryan is a sought-after presenter at numerous local, national and international conferences pertaining to child and family concerns.
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Steven Safron

Steven A. Safren, PhD., Professor of Psychology, University of Miami, whose work focuses on various areas of related to behavioral medicine and clinical psychology both domestically in the U.S. and globally. Dr. Safren was Founding Director of Behavioral Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School before his current appointment. He was also the founding Director of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Core for the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).
At Fenway Health he led behavioral science research at the Fenway Institute, focusing on psychosocial (mental health and substance use) comorbidities related to HIV prevention and treatment in both domestic and international settings.

His current specific areas of research interest include adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV treatment; primary and secondary behavioral HIV prevention and intervention for MSM (particularly among men who have sex with men); antiretroviral therapy for prevention; treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP) in national and international populations; and more.

As of mid 2016 he is the author or co-author of over 250 juried/referred journal articles, as well as author or co-author of six books to date in areas ranging from cognitive behavioral therapy with LGB individuals, ADHD, and coping with chronic illness and depression. Several of his books have been translated into foreign languages.

In the LGBTQ arena, Dr. Safren was coauthor of one of this field’s first premier classic textbooks, “Cognitive behavioral therapy with gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients” (Guilford Press, 2003). This was winner of the Book Award sponsored by Division 44 of the American Psychological Association (Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues), where Dr. Safren is also a Fellow.

He has been Chair of the GLBT Special Interest Group of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (formally the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy).

His scholarly articles include research on mental health among LGBTQ individuals, clinical training, HIV medication adherence, sexual health, cognitive-behavior therapy, adherence to HIV antiretroviral medication, mental health in HIV positive gay and bisexual men, HIV prevention strategies, crystal methamphetamine use in and MSM, polysubstance use and HIV patients, Latinos and HIV/AIDS, transactional sex and HIV risk, and more.

Dr. Safren is the Editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice (term ending 2016), an Associate Editor of Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and on the Editorial Boards of AIDS & Behavior; AIDS Education and Prevention; and several other core journals in his field.

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Theo Sandfort

Theo Sandfort, Ph.D., Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute. Theo Sandfort, trained as a social psychologist, is Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences (in Psychiatry) at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University and Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Until 2001 he worked in the Netherlands where he was Chair of the Department of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and Director of the
Research Program “Diversity, Lifestyles and Health” at the former Netherlands Institute of Social Sexological Research (NISSO). Since his time as a graduate student Theo Sandfort has been involved in numerous basic and applied empirical investigations in the field of sexuality and health. He has worked as interviewer, research assistant, principal investigator and project leader. In terms of research methods he is skilled in both quantitative and qualitative approaches. He was involved in large as well as small-scale studies, aimed at surveying sexual behavior and attitudes, identifying determinants of health behavior, needs assessments, evaluating mass media and small-scale health interventions, and identifying the epidemiology of mental disorders. Both in the Netherlands and the U.S.A., he was the recipient of numerous research grants, including from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Sandfort has authored or co-authored well over 175 journal articles in top-ranked peer-reviewed Journals. He co-edited several books including Lesbian & gay studies: An introductory, interdisciplinary approach (2000; London: Sage), From social silence to social science: Perspectives on same-sex sexuality, gender and HIV/AIDS in South Africa (2009; Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council), and Boldly Queer: African Perspectives on Same-sex Sexuality and Gender Diversity (2015; The Hague: Hivos).

He is on the Editorial Board of several academic journals, including AIDS Care, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Culture, Health and Sexuality, International Journal of Sexual Health, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, LGBT Health, Sexualities, and the Journal of Sex Research. He served as President of the International Academy of Sex Research and the Dutch Society of Sexology. In 2008, he received the John Money Award from the Society of the Scientific Study of Sexuality for his research work.

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James Sears

James Sears, Ph.D., is editor of the Journal of LGBT Youth (Taylor & Francis/Routledge). He is the author or editor of twenty books, including the widely used text, Growing up Gay in the South; Edwin and John: A History of 50 Years Together Living in the American South; Growing Older: Perspectives on LGBT Aging; Overcoming Heterosexism and Homophobia; Youth, Education, and Sexualities: An International Encyclopedia (2 volumes); and more. Jim has been a Fulbright Scholar in Southeast Asia. He has
taught at Harvard University, Trinity University, Indiana University, Penn State University, the University of South Carolina, and he lectures throughout the world. He has been a research fellow at the University of Queensland, a research fellow at the University of Southern California, and a research consultant for the Brazilian government.
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Julianne Serovich

Julianne Serovich, Ph.D., Professor and Dean, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida. Julianne Serovich is the Director for the USF Center for HIV Education and Research. She is also the Dean for USF’s College of Behavioral Community Sciences. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University. Her Doctoral degree in Child and Family Development is from the University of Georgia.
In addition to serving as Principal Investigator for the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center grant, she has been the principal investigator of seven other federally funded research grants, including the current project titled: Intervention to Assist MSM Disclose HIV Status to Casual Sex Partners. Dr. Serovich has been studying HIV disclosure and issues related to the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons for over 20 years.

This work has resulted in over 60 book chapters and peer reviewed publications. Many of her scholarly contributions in areas relating to LGBT child and family relations and HIV are in such top-ranked, high impact journals such as AIDS Education & Prevention, AIDS Care, Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, Family Relations, and the Journal of Homosexuality. She is a member of the Editorial Board of AIDS Education & Prevention, Journal of GLBT Family Studies, ISRN AIDS, as well as other journals. She has been an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other high impact journals.

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Jama Shelton, PhD

Jama Shelton, PhD., is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York University Silver School of Social Work, and Deputy Executive Director, True Colors Fund: Working to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness in the U.S. For more than a decade, Jama Shelton has worked in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth homelessness. Dr. Shelton has
published several key publications relating to LGBTQ youth and especially trans youth. Amongst these are juried journal articles/book chapters pertaining to providing for one’s own community; librarians and social workers working together for a LGBTQ youth; and transgender youth homelessness.

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Whitney Strub

Whitney Strub, PhD, is a noted leader in LGBT history and American studies. He is Associate Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty Department of History, Graduate Program in American Studies, Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. His first book, Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right, was published in 2011 by Columbia University Press. It charts the use of anti-pornography campaigns as
organizing devices in the mobilization of the modern conservative movement and its “family values” agenda, and also shows the failure of modern liberalism to adequately respond to reactionary sexual politics. His second, Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression, arrived in 2013 from the University Press of Kansas, and won the 2014 Langum Prize in Legal History/Biography.

Strub’s articles have appeared in such venues as the Journal of the History of Sexuality, Journal of Women’s History, American Quarterly, Radical History Review, Salon, and Journal of Social History. His work highlights the productive nature of battles over obscenity and pornography as analytical windows into such topics as racial politics in Memphis, heteronormativity and also resistance through gay erotic expression in Los Angeles, and divisive issues with serious consequences in modern feminist activism.

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Ron Stall

Ron Stall, Ph.D., MPH, is Director of the Center for LGBT Health Research and Associate Chair for Science, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Stall is a leading researcher and research administrator in the field of LGBT health disparities. Dr. Stall’s primary areas of research include HIV prevention and behavioral epidemiology in the United States and abroad. He has conducted numerous research projects dealing with substance
abuse epidemiology, smoking, aging, mental health, and housing as health care. He works with high-risk HIV populations. He received an award for excellence by the Centers for Disease Control, was elected to the rank of Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, Huddersfield, United Kingdom. He has been listed as one of the ISI [now Reuters] Highly Cited Researchers, a listing of the top 250 most cited researchers in the world for contributions to the social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. Ron Stall discusses some of his research, which includes stigma against people with HIV/AIDS and the need for prevention at the community level [International AIDS Society, Vienna, 2010]

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Robert Deam Tobin

Robert Deam Tobin, Ph.D., Henry J. Leir Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Clark University. Dr. Tobin is known especially for his publications on Goethe and Thomas Mann. His scholarship focuses on the interconnections between literature and medicine, sexuality, gender, and human rights. In the spring of 2013, he was the Fulbright Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the Universität Wien and Sigmund Freud Museum. He is
the author of Warm Brothers: Queer Theory and the Age of Goethe (University of Pennsylvania Press) and Doctor’s Orders: Goethe and Enlightenment Thought (Bucknell University Press), as well as the co-editor of A Song for Europe: Politics and Popular Culture in the Eurovision Song Contest (Ashgate Press), and the editor of “Global Freud,” a special issue of Psychoanalysis and History. He is a former president of the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association.
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Eugene Walls

N. Eugene Walls, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Ph.D. Program, School of Social Work, University of Denver. Dr. Walls is a well-known leaders in many areas of LGBT social services as well as broader areas in social work and related disciplines. He earned his doctoral degree in sociology and is primarily a community practice specialist. His academic and research interests include gender, sexuality, homelessness, stereotypes, social stratification and social movements. His professional social work
experience includes positions with the United Cerebral Palsy Association, Kidspeace National Centers for Kids in Crisis and The Center for the Homeless in South Bend, Indiana. Dr. Walls teaches courses in multicultural social work practice, disrupting privilege, and in research.

Dr. Walls has authored or co-authored over 50 articles in top-ranked scholarly/academic journals. He has served as a reviewer or ad hoc reviewer for dozens of prestigious high-impact journals in social work, psychology, sociology, and related fields.

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Dr. Barbara E. Warren

Dr. Barbara E. Warren, is Director for LGBT Programs and Policies in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City where she is leading the institution’s implementation of the Human Rights Campaign’s and the Joint Commission’s guidelines for LGBT affirmative and culturally competent health care. Previously she served as Distinguished Lecturer and founding Director, Center for LGBT Social Science and Public Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York. For over 21 years,
Dr. Warren served on the senior management team of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York City, where she was the inaugural Director for the Center’s behavioral health programs and as Director for Planning, Research and Government Relations was responsible for the Center’s local and national health and public policy initiatives.

In 1990, Dr. Warren founded the Center’s groundbreaking Gender Identity Project, one of the first transgender peer counseling and peer support programs in the country. As a consultant she has worked with city, state and federal agencies including the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Federal Centers for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse Treatment and, as the first Community Co-Chair of New York City’s HIV Prevention Planning Group, with the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is principal author of SAMHSA’s training curriculum, A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals.

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Clayton Whisnant

Clayton J. Whisnant, Ph.D., Associate Professor (tenured), Department of History, Wofford College; author, Male Homosexuality in West Germany: Between Persecution and Freedom, 1945-1960 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); co-guest editor, “Masculinity and Homosexuality in Germany and the German Colonies, 1880–1945” (Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol 27, No. 7, January 2008); and Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945 (Harrington Park Press, 2015).
Tarynn Witten

Tarynn M. Witten, Ph.D., LCSW, FGSA, Associate Professor and Director of Research & Development, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity, Virginia Commonwealth University; author, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging: Challenges in Research, Practice and Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press) and The Tao of Gender (Green Dragon Publishing Group). See: