Last updated on: 4/9/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

David W. Purcell, JD, PhD Biography

Title:
Deputy Director for Behavioral and Social Science, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“The origins of sexual orientation are complex and multiply determined, but data clearly supports a role of genetics, biology, and social processes. Sexual orientation undoubtedly feels inborn to many people, particularly males. The development of sexual orientation is likely different for males and females, as is seen in a variety of different types of research with humans and with different species of animals.”

Email to ProCon.org, Apr. 11, 2013

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:
  • Deputy Director for Behavioral and Social Science, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Aug. 2012-present
  • Branch Chief, Prevention Research Branch, DHAP, CDC, Dec. 2006-Aug. 2012
  • Team Lead, Prevention Research Branch, DHAP, CDC, Mar. 2002-Nov. 2006
  • Founding Board Member, YouthPride Inc., 1995
  • Clinical psychologist, private practice (Atlanta, GA)
Education:
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Emory University, 1995
  • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 1986
Other:
  • Author of more than 50 publications
  • His dissertation at Emory University focused on childhood prescursors of adult sexual orientation
Quoted in:
  1. What Do We Know about Childhood Sexual Abuse and Homosexuality?