My entire career has been devoted to advancing psychology as a profession and to improving the lives of LGBT persons and families.
Sexual minority and gender identity issues
In keeping with my training as a scientist practitioner, I have worked to inform the public debate on LGBT rights and mental health with relevant psychological research.
I have listed a few of the initiatives taken:
- Consulted with Illinois legislators on bill to prohibit “conversion therapy” for minors, 2015.
- Chaired the working group that drafted the American Psychological Association’s policies on same-sex families and relationships, 2004.
- Co-authored the APA’s professional practice guidelines on psychotherapy with LGB clients, 2000, and the first revision, 2010.
- Co-chaired the first international conference on LGB psychology, 2001.
- President of the Society for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Division 44), American Psychological Association, 1994 – 1995.
- First openly gay president of the Illinois Psychological Association, 2004-2—5.
- Introduced the first course on homosexuality at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (now part of Argosy University), 1984.
I believe that advancing psychology advances people. To keep psychology’s voice strong, I have worked to strengthen the profession and to promote access to care.
- As president of the Illinois Psychological Association, I made prescriptive authority for appropriately trained psychologists the IPA’s primary legislative initiative (now Illinois law) and led the IPA Council to pursue mandatory continuing education for Illinois psychologists as a legislative priority (now Illinois law).
- Served as chair or member of boards and committees governing the affairs and future of U.S. psychology as a discipline and profession, including the American Psychological Association Board of Directors, the Ethics Committee, and the Committee for Professional Practice Standards.
- Co-authored APA’s professional practice guidelines for psychotherapy with LGB clients.
- Co-authored the APA’s policies on same-sex relationships and families that provided the basis for APA’s amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in recognizing same-sex marriage in all states.
My work has been recognized by many professional and community organizations. Most recently, I received the Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy on behalf of professional psychology, given to only 525 psychologists in 25 years.
Each award is a spur to do more.