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Charles Socarides, MD Biography

Founder of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH)
Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

“For more than 20 years, I and a few of my colleagues in the field of psychoanalysis have felt like an embattled minority, because we have continued to insist, against today’s conventional wisdom, that gays aren’t born that way.”

“How American Went Gay” Leadership University website (accessed Oct. 9, 2006)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH)
  • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1978-1996
  • Distinguished Psychoanalyst, Association of Psychoanalytic Psychologists, British Health Service, London, 1995
  • Sigmund Freud Award, American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians, 1987
  • Member, American Psychiatric Association
  • Life Member, American Psychoanalytic Association
  • Member, International Psychoanalytic Association
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1952
  • Born: Jan. 24, 1922
  • Died: Dec. 25, 2005
Quoted in:
  1. Is It Relevant to Look at the Animal Kingdom to Determine if Human Same-Sex Behavior is "Natural"?