Last updated on: 2/25/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Dennis McFadden, PhD Biography

Title:
Ashbel Smith Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“Any human behavior as complex as sexual orientation is going to involve multiple contributing factors. What the recent work of Breedlove… and our work on [the auditory system] reveal is that there are in fact physiological concomitants to homosexuality. They represent confirmations of beliefs… that many people had for a long period of time… but you need the scientific documentation in order to move forward. Eventually the goal would be to identify those brain centers that seem to be responsible for sexual orientation.”

WebMD Medical News, Mar. 29, 2000

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:
  • Ashbel Smith Professor, Experimental Psychology, University of Texas, 1998-present
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1990
  • Associate Professor, University of Texas, 1967-1998
  • Piper Professor, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, 1989-91
  • Jacob K. Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke, 1984-1989
  • Fellow, Acoustical Society of America, 1976
Education:
  • PhD, Sensory Psychology, Indiana University, 1967
Other:
  • None found