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Alan R. Sanders, MD Biography

Director of the Behavioral Genetics Unit at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

Told in a Apr. 26, 2005 phone interview that he and most contemporary researchers believe that sexual orientation – the general disposition of people toward homosexuality, bisexuality, or heterosexuality – is the result of both biological factors and psychological experiences. Most researchers do not believe that sexual orientation is result of nature (biology, including genetics) alone or nurture (environment) alone.

Dr. Sanders asked in an Apr. 29, 2005 email to use this statement for his position

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Behavioral Genetics Unit, Center for Psychiatric Genetics, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute
  • Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University School of Medicine
  • Principal Investigator, Molecular Genetic Study of Sexual Orientation
  • Examiner, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Member, Association for Academic Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, Illinois Psychiatric Society, Behavior Genetics Association
  • Career Development Award, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute, 2003-2006
  • Junior Faculty Development Award – American Psychiatric Association, 2003-2005
  • 13th Annual Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education, American Psychiatric Institute, 2003
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 1993-1995
  • 8th Annual Bingham Award for scholarship in schizophrenia, Schizophrenia Foundation of Kentucky and Kentucky Mental Health Association, 1992
  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine
  • BS, Texas A&M University
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