David Abbott, LLB, MPhil, MSc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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Y. Gavriel Ansara, PhD, MSc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Roberto Baiocco, PhD

Roberto Baiocco, PhD Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology & Director of the Center for the Study of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). Dr. Baiocco is Associate Editor of the “Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health” (Taylor & Francis). He a leading researcher in the area of LGBTQ studies internationally, as well as other areas of developmental psychology. Amongst his interests are the study of same-sex parenting and risk/protective factors experienced by sexual minority youth. He has
authored or co-authored over 100 articles in high-impact peer review journals, many of which focus on LGBTQ issues and related areas. He also serves a referee for numerous international research journals in the behavioral & social sciences.

Examples of recent innovative and top-tier journal articles he has authored or jointly authored

– ‘It’s a bit too much fathering this seed’: The meaning-making of the sperm donor in lesbian mother families” (Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 33, 2016)

– “Same-Sex Parent Families in Italy: Validation of the Coparenting Scale-Revised for Lesbian Mothers and Gay Fathers (European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 14, 2016)

– “Coming-out to Family Members and Internalized Sexual Stigma in Bisexual, Lesbian and Gay People” (Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 2016)

– “Binge Drinking and Internalized Sexual Stigma among Italian Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Young Adults” (Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 33, 2016)

– “Coming Out during Adolescence: Perceived Parents’ Reactions and Internalized Sexual Stigma” (Journal of Health Psychology, 21, 2016)

– “Attitudes toward Gay Men: Masculinity and Sexual Orientation Make a Difference,” (Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 13, 2016)

– “Homonegativity in Italy: Cultural Issues, Personality Characteristics, and Demographic Correlates with Negative Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men. (Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 13, 2016)

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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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Dr. Jaime Barrientos

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

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

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

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

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Dinesh Bhugra, CBE

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

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

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

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

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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.
Jacek Borzyszkowski, Ph.D.

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

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

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Henny Bos, Ph.D.

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

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

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Richard Bränström, PhD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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David J. Brennan, PhD

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

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

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

Mark Brennan-Ing, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College, City University of New York, and an Adjunct Professor at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Dr. Brennan-Ing’s research focuses on psychosocial issues affecting persons living with HIV and older sexual and gender minority adults. He is Past-President of the State Society on Aging of New York, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and past Board Member of the New York Association on HIV
over Fifty (NYAHOF). He was the Principal Convener for GSA’s HIV/AIDS and Aging interest group, a member of the American Society on Aging’s LGBT Aging Information Network Leadership Council, and 2016 Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

He has served as Book Review Editor for the Journal or Religion, Spirituality and Aging, and Consulting Editor for Methodology for Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. In February 2011, he was invited to be a member of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Working Group on HIV and Aging.

Dr. Brennan-Ing has been recognized for his work in the field of aging by the Hunter-Brookdale Center on Aging, Pride Senior Network, and the New York State Office for the Aging. Dr. Brennan-Ing was the lead editor on the seminal book on aging with HIV published in 2009; Older Adults with HIV: An In-depth Examination of an Emerging Population, and the 2016 volume, HIV and Aging: Interdisciplinary Topics in Gerontology and Geriatrics (vol. 42), which received a “High Commendation” from the British Medical Association. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and books.

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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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Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter, PhD.

Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter, PhD., Professor, Department of Economics. Dr. Carpenter is Director of the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab and also enjoys courtesy appointments with the School of Law, the School of Medicine, and the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Health Economics and serves on the Editorial Boards of several other major academic journals. He has published almost 50 peer-reviewed articles in major high impact scholarly

In the LGBTQ arena, he has researched and published on such topics as:

– sexual orientation and earnings in California
– sexual orientation, work & income in Canada
– gay and lesbian partnership
– same-sex partnership and employer-provided health benefits
– sexual orientation and earnings in the United Kingdom

Dr. Carpenter has also published multiple book chapters in book titles from established multinational commercial and university presses.

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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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Venkatesan Chakrapani, MD

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

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

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

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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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Mark Cornwall, PhD

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

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

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

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

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Shelley L. Craig, PhD

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

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

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

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

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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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Dominic Davies

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

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

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

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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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Aaron H. Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE

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

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

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

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

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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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Ralf Dose, MA

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

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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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Charles A. Emlet, PhD, MSW, ACSW

Charles A. Emlet, PhD, MSW, ACSW, Professor of Social Work, University of Washington Tacoma. Dr. Emlet joined the University of Washington Tacoma Social Work faculty in 1999. Previously he held social work positions in direct practice and administration with Solano County Health and Social Services in California. He is Adjunct Professor with the University of Washington School of Social Work, and Affiliate faculty with the UW Center for AIDS Research. He was a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar from 2001-2003
and twice a John A. Hartford National Research Mentor. He received his Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and his MSW from California State University, Fresno. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Dr. Emlet is co-author of In Home Assessment of Older Adults: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 2nd edition, and HIV/AIDS and Older Adults: Challenges for Individuals, Families and Communities.

He has published more than 75 journal articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of The Gerontologist, the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Dr. Emlet is a Fellow of Gerontological Society of America and a member of the Association of Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGE-SW) and the National Association of Social Workers. His current areas of research include older persons living with HIV/AIDS and LGBT aging. He is currently a co-investigator on the National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS) and in 2004 received the University of Washington, Tacoma’s Distinguished Research Award. In 2013 was a Fulbright Visiting Research/Fulbright Scholar at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, Canada and in 2016 received the University of Washington Tacoma Distinguished Community Engagement Award.

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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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Jacqui Gabb, PhD

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

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

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

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

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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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Danielle German, PhD, MPH

Danielle German, PhD, MPH, Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins University. Danielle’s research draws from interdisciplinary perspectives and uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and address the social and structural context of health behavior and disease transmission, with particular emphasis on issues related to HIV transmission, drug use, mental health, and health disparities. She oversees training in behavioral and social science research related to
social factors in health and has over 20 years experience working with marginalized populations through research and community-based HIV prevention and health promotion.

Her work has highlighted underappreciated contextual determinants of health and well-being and pathways through which social and structural factors impact health outcomes among drug users, sex workers, sexual and gender minorities, and other marginalized groups. She has a specific interest in social, housing, and neighborhood stability and its impact on public health, and is an active collaborator at the intersection of research and practice related to HIV and substance use in Baltimore. She serves on the editorial board for the journals AIDS and Behavior and AIDS Education and Prevention, and is author or co-author of numerous peer-review research articles.

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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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Judith Glassgold

Judith Glassgold, PsyD, Director of Professional Affairs, New Jersey Psychological Association & Princeton University (Wilson School of Public and International Policy). Dr. Glassgold was the Chair of the 2009 American Psychological Association Task Force that addressed SOCE (Sexual Orientation Change Efforts). She was the lead writer for the Final Report. Dr. Glassgold also assisted the National Center for Lesbian Rights on state legislation and court challenges to state laws as well as acting as an advisor to Born Perfect: The Campaign
to End Conversion Therapy. Due in part to this effort, a report was developed in 2015 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of HHS on conversion therapy to further President Obama’s stated goal of eliminating conversion therapy for minors. This report fills a gap in the literature on conversion therapy and alternative treatment for GICE in children and adolescents. Judith was one of the APA staff who coordinated the preparation of the freely available final report, Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth.

Judith continues to do research in this area through her academic role at Princeton, and is pursuing related research and writing projects. She is also leading an effort to develop affirming CE curriculum on LGBTQ individuals across the lifespan. For additional information see Judith’s publications on Researchgate.

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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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Gilbert Gonzales, PhD

Gilbert Gonzales, PhD, Department of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University. School of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Gonzales was a research assistant at the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota where he used federal surveys to report state-level measures of population health and health care. Dr. Gonzales’ research examines how state-level social policies and health reforms affect health and access to medical care in vulnerable families and children. His early
research examined the impact of same-sex marriage laws on health insurance coverage among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples and their children. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has published over 20 peer review articles in high impact journals.

In the LGBTQ arena, Dr. Gonzales has explored such topics as:
– health insurance disparities in same-sex households
– same-sex marriage and health implications
– health, disability and long-term care needs among older LGBT adults
– health outcomes, health behaviors, and health services utilization by sexual orientation
– access to care among transgender and gender non-conforming populations

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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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Richard Harding

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

Dr. Richard Harding discusses major LGBT hospice and palliative care (2014)

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Peter Hegarty, PhD

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

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

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

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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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Seung-Sup Kim, MD, MPH, ScD

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

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

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

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Travis Kong

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Darren Langdridge, PhD

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

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

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

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

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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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Vittorio Lingiardi, MD

Vittorio Lingiardi, MD, Full Professor of Dynamic Psychology and past Director of the Clinical Psychology Specialization Program (2006-2013), Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. He has coordinated with Nancy McWilliams the second edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, the PDM-2 (Guilford Press, 2017). His research interests include diagnostic assessment and treatment of personality disorders, process-outcome research in psychoanalysis
and psychotherapy, and gender identity and sexual orientation. He has published widely on these topics, as the author of several books in Italian and of many international articles. His studies and researches in the LGBT arena are published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Attachment and Human Development, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, Journal of Sex Research, Human Reproduction, Reproductive BioMedicine, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Studies in Gender and Sexuality.

In the LGBT arena, of historic note, he co-authored in 2004 the seminal paper, “Psychoanalytic attitudes towards homosexuality: An empirical research” in the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis. This paper was awarded the Ralph Roughton APA Paper Award with the following commendation:

We believe [this] paper is deserving of the award because it targets the very uncomfortable subject of the mostly unacknowledged but widespread current bias against homosexuality among our international colleagues. The fact that this data comes entirely from Italian Psychoanalytic Institutes offers the American psychoanalytic community a helpful mirror, into which we can look and reflect.

He is the author of “Citizen gay: Affetti e diritti [Citizen gay: Affections and rights. Milan: il Saggiatore, 2016], and of the Italian Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Psychotherapy Guidelines [see: Lingiardi, V., Nardelli, N., Drescher, J. (2015). “New Italian lesbian, gay and bisexual psychotherapy guidelines: A review.” International Review of Psychiatry, 27(5), pp. 405-415.] With Jack Drescher is co-editor of the monograph, “The Mental Health Professions and Homosexuality: International Perspectives” (Taylor & Francis, 2003). He wrote the chapters: “No maps for uncharted lands. What does gender expression have to do with sexual orientation?” In Lemma, A., Lynch, P. (2015) (Eds), Sexualities: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspectives. New York: Routledge (pp. 101-120); and, with N.Nardelli, “Partner Relational Problem”. In Levounis P., Jack Drescher J., Barber M. (2012) (Eds), Working With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Basic Principles and Case Studies. American Psychiatric Publishing, Washington, DC, pp. 259-268. With N.Nardelli is co-author of the chapter: “Psychodynamic Practice and LGBT Communities” in the forthcoming manual Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy edited by J.S. Ogrodniczuk and D. Kealy (Academic Press, Elsevier).

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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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Adrian Lubowiecki-Vikuk, Ph.D.

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

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

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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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Damian McCann

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

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

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Dr. Christopher A. McIntosh

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

Molly Merryman, PhD, Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Kent State University & Associate Professor, Department of Sociology. Dr. Merryman, who was previously Co-Founder and Coordinator of LGBT Studies until that program was re-established as the new Center, has been a persistent advocate for re-examining and enhancing LGBTQ/queer studies curriculum in higher education. She is Guest Editor, together with Dr. Ken Valente and Dr. Warren Blumenfeld of a special double-issue of the
“Journal of Homosexuality, ““25 Years On: The State and Continuing Development of LGBTQ Studies Programs.” This publication marks the 25th anniversary of the 1993 landmark “JH” special issue on “Gay & Lesbian Studies.”

Dr. Merryman has been active in the Expanding the Circle Conference: LGBTQ in Higher Education. She co-authored with Ken Valente “Queering the Academy: A Case Approach to LGBTQ Studies” (Expanding the Circle: Creating an Inclusive Environment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies, John Hawley, ed., SUNY Press, 2015).

Dr. Merryman’s sociological pursuits focus on ethnographically-based film studies. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Video Ethnography, and serves as well on the Board of the International Visual Sociology Association.

Her focus on marginalized groups has included a unique film short on a diverse gayborhood assimilated within Highland Square, a unique township area with a population of less than 10,000, and is located in the heart of the Rust Belt in Akron, Ohio.

Clips, drafts, excerpts, and complete showings of “Highland Lives” have been shown world-wide, including the nationally distributed United Kingdom LGBTIQ cable program “Tales from the Margins.”

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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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Gregory Mitchell, PhD.

Gregory Mitchell, PhD., Assistant Professor at Williams College in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Gregory is the incoming Co-President of the Association for Queer Anthropology. He is also an affiliate faculty member in the Latina/o Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology & Sociology. He studies sex worker migration, prostitution, race, and discourses of sex trafficking as well as the effects of public policy approaches. His first book, “Tourist Attractions: Performing Masculinity & Race in Brazil’s Sexual Economy,”
is an ethnography of men who sell sex in several cities in Brazil (University of Chicago Press, 2016). “Tourist Attractions” received an Honorable Mention for the Ruth Benedict Prize for monographs from the American Anthropological Association.

His second book (currently underway) is tentatively titled 40,000 Missing Girls: Moral Panics, Sporting Events, and the Spectacle of Sex Trafficking. It examines police violence against female sex workers during periods preceding mega-events like the World Cup and the Olympics. In particular, it explores the overlapping interests of evangelical Christian groups, radical feminist organizations, neoliberal business developers, and corrupt state security apparatuses. This book uses ethnography, including interviews with sex workers, politicians, activists, policy makers, and intelligence officials to examine nationalistic spectacles deployed during such events.

His research has been published in GLQ, Brasiliana: A Journal of Brazilian Studies, PLURAL (Universidade de São Paulo-Sociology), American Ethnologist, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and The Wagadu Journal of Transnational Feminist Studies, as well as in several edited volumes in Brazil and the United States. Recent and upcoming lecture venues include Harvard University, McGill University, Oberlin College, Amherst College, University of Denver, UC-Santa Barbara, UT-Austin, University of Wyoming, Rice University, Northwestern University, and Cambridge University.

He holds his PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, from which he also received a PhD Certificate and served as a Mellon Fellow in Gender Studies. While there, he also received the Presidential Fellowship and membership in the Society of Fellows, that university’s highest honor for doctoral researchers. He also holds a Masters in social science (focusing on Cultural Anthropology) from the University of Chicago. He also holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Illinois State University.

Gregory has received awards from the NSF, Ford Foundation, and three times from American Anthropological Association. He also received the Lila Heston Award for Performance Studies and an award for outstanding graduate research from the National Professional Association of Communication Arts & Sciences. In 2010, he was inducted into the prestigious Faculty Honor Roll for excellence in teaching at Northwestern.

At Williams, students awarded him a 2015 Faculty Accessibility Award. Current and past courses include Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, Introduction to Sexuality Studies, Performing Masculinity, Queer of Color Critique, Sexual Economies, Global Sexualities, and Ethnographic Methods.

Prior to entering the academy, he worked in public policy development for the Chicago Board of Education and also in domestic and family violence intervention services.

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Peter Morgan

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

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

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

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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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Prof. Juan Nel

Prof. Juan Nel, Research Professor of Psychology, University of South Africa (Unisa). Dr. Nel’s expertise is in sexuality and gender – in particular, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) mental health and well-being, as well as in hate crimes and victim empowerment and support, more generally, is recognized. His related academic research, tuition, advocacy and community participation have contributed to improved theory, professional practice, policy changes
and community mobilization.

Dr. Nel’s academic citizenship, community engagement and related advocacy efforts increasingly are focused on the discipline of Psychology. As of 2007, he co-represents the Psychological Society of SA (PsySSA) on the International Psychology Network for LGBTI Concerns (IPsyNET). A member of the PsySSA Council since 2008 and on the Executive Committee since 2011, he was chair of the Sexuality Division of the Scientific Committee of the 30th International Congress of Psychology that was co-hosted by PsySSA in Cape Town in July 2012. In this context, he also serves as leader of a project aimed at positioning PsySSA as regional hub towards the promotion of the well-being and human rights of LGBTI persons on the African continent. This initiative was instrumental in the establishment of the PsySSA Sexuality and Gender Division (SGD) and the adoption of its Position Statement on Sexual and Gender Diversity, both during 2013.

Since its inception Juan has been a member of the SGD Executive Committee where he now serves as Vice Chair. In 2013, Juan was elected as President Elect of PsySSA, served as PsySSA President in 2014 – 2015 and PsySSA Past President in 2015 – 2016.

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Peter Newman

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

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

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

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

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

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Steven Neville, PhD

Steven Neville, PhD, Head of Department (Nursing), Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand). As Head of Nursing Stephen is responsible for the strategic, academic and operational leadership and management of the discipline, and is tasked with advancing nursing at a local, national and international level. He has extensive experience as an academic and researcher in nursing, and has held senior academic positions in a variety of tertiary education institutions in New
Zealand. Stephen has a strong clinical background in gerontology and has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as supervising graduate students undertaking masterate and doctoral theses.

Stephen’s research interests relate to the health and well-being of communities, particularly marginalised populations’ encompassing sexual minority groups and older citizens, as well as health workforce development. He is the Co-Director of the AUT Centre for Active Ageing. The dissemination of research outputs are in quality assured forums including refereed journals and conferences. He is the current President of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology and is a Fellow and life member of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ).
Stephen has published over 65 peer-review articles in high-impact journals, as well as numerous book chapters and editorials. In the LGBT area, he has published a wealth of clinical and applied research papers dealing with such diverse topics as:
-factors influencing condom use in gay and bisexual men;
-views about HIV/STI and health promotion amongst gay & bisexual men
-coming out narratives of older gay men
-perceptions of LGB persons in residential care
-promoting condom use amongst men who have sex with men (MSM)
-LGBT drinking cultures
-gay men’s perception of aging
-internet-based HIV prevention for gay and bisexual men
-sexual minority identification satisfaction over the life course
-promoting LGBTI health and well-being

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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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Dr. Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

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

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

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

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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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Martin Plöderl, PhD

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

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

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Tonia C. Poteat, PhD

Tonia C. Poteat, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University. Tonia’s research interests and commitments focus on the intersection of public health, human rights, and social justice, especially as they relate to LGBT health and HIV prevention and treatment for key populations. Tonia participates in research and practice that is responsive and accountable to affected communities. She completed her doctoral dissertation on stigma and access to health care for transgender
people in Baltimore, co-authored a recent meta-analysis examining the burden of HIV among transgender women worldwide, and is lead author of an article on HIV among transgender sex workers in “The Lancet HIV and Sex Workers” series.

Her current projects address the role of intersectional stigmas and systemic oppression on the health of LGBT communities. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Poteat provides medical care for people living with HIV in the Bartlett Specialty Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Tonia is the Vice President of Education for GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality and serves on the editorial board of LGBT Health. She has been an ad hoc reviewer for many top-ranked academic journals including Epidemiologic Reviews; Lancet HIV; Global Public Health; Drug and Alcohol Dependence; Social Science & Medicine; Journal of the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS; Culture, Health & Society; and AIDS Education and Prevention.

She has published over 25 peer-review articles in highly cited journals.

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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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Kevin Rebe, MD

Kevin Rebe, MD, is an Infectious Diseases physician working for Health4men in Cape Town, a project of the Anova Health Institute. Anova Health Institute is an independent non-profit health research and technical assistance program which partners with the South African Department of Health. Dr Rebe obtained his graduate medical degree at the University of Cape Town and then specialised in Internal Medicine and sub-specialised in Infectious Diseases. He has obtained diplomas in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and
HIV Management.

Dr Rebe is an honorary senior lecturer in the Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town. He has a particular interest in sexual health and wellbeing, especially among populations of men who have sex with men. Aside from his clinical role, Dr Rebe undertakes MSM-related research particularly in the fields of HIV prevention in key populations and has published widely on diverse aspects of HIV. He is an examiner of the South African College of Medicine for the Higher Diploma in Sexual Medicine and HIV qualification.

His more recent focus has been on HIV prevention activities and Dr Rebe is a PI on the South African PrEP Demonstration Project for MSM. He was a lead author of the South African HIV Clinicians Society Guidelines for the Safe Use of PrEP and is a member of the National Department of Health’s workgroup that is scaling up PrEP in the country.

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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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John Paul Ricco, PhD

John Paul Ricco, PhD, Professor of Contemporary Art, Media Theory, and Culture, Department of Visual Studies & Graduate Professor, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto. He is also an affiliated Graduate Professor in the Department of Art, the Department for the Study of Religion, the Cinema Studies Institute, and the Centre for the Study of the United States. He has previously taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Cornell University; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Texas Tech
University. At the latter, he was the recipient of a university-wide Outstanding Faculty Award.

Dr. Ricco is an art historian and queer theorist whose interdisciplinary research, teaching and writing draws connections between late-twentieth-century and contemporary art and architecture; continental philosophy; and issues of gender and sexuality, bodies and pleasures, pornography and eroticism.

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Ian Rivers, PhD

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Mr. Jason Howard Schaub

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

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

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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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Antu Sorainen, PhD

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

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Carol Southall, PhD (cand.)

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

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

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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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Fiona Tasker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Working with LGBT Parents”

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

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

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

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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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Kristopher Wells, PhD.

Dr. Kristopher Wells is the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) for the Public Understanding of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth. Dr. Wells is an Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Health and Community Studies at MacEwan University. His scholarly work specializes in sexual and gender minority youth, health, education, sport, and culture. Dr. Wells is one of the driving forces behind the creation of many ground-breaking initiatives including PrideTape, Camp fYrefly, and, which has been featured across the world in more than 50 publications including the Economist, Atlantic, Independent, and Guardian.

Dr. Wells is a frequently invited national and international speaker on sexual and gender minority youth issues. He has served as an expert scientific consultant to the Federal Government of Canada, Canadian Senate, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, RCMP, Public Health Agency of Canada, UNESCO, World Health Organization, and many provincial and municipal governments across Canada.

Currently, Dr. Wells serves as the Co-Editor of the International Journal of LGBT Youth, which is the world’s leading research publication on LGBT youth. His early career work has been recognized with over 50 scholarly and community awards and recognitions including the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s Public Education Award, University of Alberta’s Alumni Horizon Award, and an Alberta Centennial Medallion.

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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).
Christopher Whiteley, D. Clin. Psy.

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

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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:
Michael R. Woodford, MSW, PhD

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

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

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

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