Last updated on: 2/19/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Chrisann Schiro-Geist, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor in the Department of Counseling of the Educational Psychology & Research at the University of Memphis
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“Differentiation of human sexual orientation, particularly bisexuality, has been little studied. Most studies have lumped bisexuals with homosexuals. Some authors have overgeneralized the results of animal studies as applying to humans. While animal models can provide useful hypotheses, human sexual orientation is unique. Therefore, conclusions about human sexuality based on animal research are suspect. Human sexual orientation is influenced by biological, cognitive, cultural and subcultural variables in interaction, leading to multiple types of heterosexuals, bisexuals, and homosexuals. Understanding of human sexual orientation will improve only if these factors are accounted for in research and theory.”

“Biology of Bisexuality: Critique and Observations,” Journal of Homosexuality, 1995

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:
  • Professor, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research, University of Memphis
  • Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Memphis
  • Director, Disability and Rehabilitation Educational and Training, University of Illinois, 2003-2004
  • Director, Disability Research Institute, University of Illinois, 2000-2004
  • Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1975–1987
  • Member, Boards of the Council on Rehabilitation Educations’ Commission on Standards and Accreditation
  • Member, Council on Rehabilitation Education’s Committee on Undergraduate Education
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Victor C. Neuman Association, Chicago
  • Chair, International Committee for the American Psychological Association
  • Diplomate, American Board of Vocational Experts
  • Awarded over $22 million in research grants
Education:
  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, Northwestern University, 1974
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Can Hormones Affect Sexual Orientation?