Ruth E. Fassinger, PhD
LIWP Executive Committee

Ruth E. Fassinger, PhD

Dr. Fassinger is dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Previously she served as dean, College of Education at California State University, Stanislaus, and prior to that as chair, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, professor, Counseling Psychology, and was distinguished scholar-teacher at The University of Maryland, where she spent 20 years. She received her PhD in psychology from The Ohio State University in 1987, and joined the UMD faculty after holding staff psychologist positions at the University of California/Santa Barbara and Arizona State University.

Her primary research interests are in the psychology of women and gender, the psychology of work and career development, sexuality and sexual orientation, diversity and advocacy in the mental health arena, and the history of psychology. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Divisions 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), and 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues). She recently completed a term on the APA’s Board of Professional Affairs (BPA), as the BPA liaison to the Committee on Professional Practice Standards. She also served as president, Division 44.

Fassinger has received numerous awards for her scholarship, teaching and professional contributions, including: Outstanding Achievement Award (APA Division 44); Early Career Scientist-Practitioner Award (APA Division 17); Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award (APA Division 44); Laura Brown Mentoring Award (APA Division 35); and Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Psychology Award (Maryland Psychological Association). She maintains a small consultation practice specializing in issues related to gender, work and sexuality.