Call for Nominations to the Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

January 2016 - December 2018 Term

The Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (CSOGD, formerly the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns) seeks nominations for two positions beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Nominees are sought who have experience or expertise relevant to one or more of the following areas:

  • Experience with regard to professional training and education.
  • Self-identification as a transgender and/or gender non-conforming person.
  • Experience or research in one or more of the following areas: intersections of identities, marginalized communities, communities of color, disabilities, mental health, school psychology, military psychology, developmental psychology.
  • Experience in dissemination of materials through traditional (e.g., peer-review journals) and non-traditional (e.g. social media) venues.

All nomination candidates should demonstrate commitment and engagement in cultural competence (awareness, knowledge and skills) in the arenas of training, research, teaching, practice and/or public policy related to understanding multiple and intersecting identities among culturally diverse LGBTQ individuals and communities.

The committee particularly welcomes nominations of ethnic minority psychologists, bisexual psychologists, psychologists with disabilities and transgender psychologists, and other psychologists who are members of underrepresented groups. In considering nominees, the committee will also consider areas of expertise or specialization within psychology, stage of career (early, mid, later) and the overall diversity represented in its membership.

The committee's mission is to: 

  • Study and evaluate on an ongoing basis how the issues and concerns of sexual orientation and gender diverse (e.g., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer [LGBTQ]) psychologists can best be dealt with.
  • Encourage objective and unbiased research in areas relevant to sexual orientation and gender diverse (e.g., LBGTQ) adults and youths and the social impact of such research.
  • Examine the consequences of inaccurate information and stereotypes about sexual orientation and gender diverse (e.g., LBGTQ) adults and youth in clinical practice.
  • Develop educational materials for distribution to psychologists and others.
  • Make recommendations regarding the integration of these issues into the APA's activities to further the cause of human rights of sexual orientation and gender diverse (e.g., LBGTQ) individuals and communities.

The committee shall consist of six members. It shall report to council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

Selected candidates will be required to attend two in-person committee meetings each year in Washington, D.C., with expenses reimbursed by the APA. Members will also be required to attend a monthly conference call, frequent email discussions, and work on committee priorities between meetings.

How to Apply

To apply, please provide:

  1. The nominee's statement of interest.
  2. The nominee's curriculum vita.
  3. A letter of support from someone familiar with the nominee's work.

These materials should highlight the nominee's qualifications for the committee and expertise or interest in the targeted areas above.

Nomination materials are to be received by Aug. 31, 2015, via mail, email or fax.


CSOGD Nominations
Public Interest Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First St., NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242


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