Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
"[T]here is overwhelming evidence that biology underlies sexual orientation. However, it is possible, as with any behavior or personality trait, that environmental circumstances may interact with biology to influence sexual orientation."
Experts PhD's in psychology, without significant post-doctorate involvement in human sexuality issues, and PhD's in fields other than psychology, and MA's with significant post-graduate involvement in human sexuality issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY)
PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Medical School
Completed residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Cowritten with Cathy Spatz Widom, "Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Abused and Neglected Children Grown Up: A 30-Year Prospective Study," American Journal of Public Health, Apr. 2009
Cowritten with Cathy Spatz Widom, "Does Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, or Neglect in Childhood Increase the Likelihood of Same-sex Sexual Relationships and Cohabitation? A Prospective 30-year Follow-up," Archives of Sexual Behavior, Jan. 7, 2009
Cowritten with H. W. Stover, and C. Berkowitz, "The Relationship Between Childhood Violence Exposure and Juvenile Antisocial Behavior: A Meta-analytic Review," Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Nov. 5, 2008
Cowritten with Cathy Spatz Widom, "From Child Abuse and Neglect to Illicit Drug Use in Middle Adulthood: A Prospective Examination of the Potential Mediating Role of Four Risk Factors," Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Aug. 22, 2008
Cowritten with Cathy Spatz Widom, "An Examination of Risky Sexual Behavior and HIV Among Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect: A Thirty Year Follow-up," Health Psychology, Feb. 28, 2008