Last updated on: 2/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

A. Dean Byrd, PhD Biography

Title:
Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine
Position:
Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“There is no support in the scientific research for the conclusion that homosexuality is biologically determined.”

“The Innate-Immutable Argument Finds No Basis in Science,” NARTH web site, 2001)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
MD's and PhD's in psychology, with significant post-doctorate involvement in human sexuality issues. [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Clinical Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine with appointments in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry
  • President and CEO of Thrasher Research Fund
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Family Studies, University of Utah
  • Vice-President, National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH)
  • Chairman, National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Visiting Lecturer in Israel, Poland, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Former Director, Clinical Training, LDS Social Services
  • Former Clinical Professor, Brigham Young University
  • Post-Doctorate, Virginia Commonwealth University and Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
  • Post-Doctorate, Loyola University, Chicago
Education:
  • PhD, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  • MBA, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • MPH, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Training in genetics, biochemistry and neurochemistry, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Other:
  • Dr. Byrd died in Apr. 2012 from cancer.
Quoted in:
  1. Do Studies Conducted on Homosexuality in Twins Show a Genetic Basis of Sexual Orientation?
  2. Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?
  3. Is There a Gay Gene?