Last updated on: 1/17/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Heino Meyer-Bahlburg, Dr. rer. nat Biography

Title:
Associate Director, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“46,XX individuals with classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) due to deficiency of the enzyme, 21-hydroxylase, show variable degrees of masculinization of body and behavior due to excess adrenal androgen production…Bisexual/homosexual orientation was (modestly) correlated with global measures of masculinization of non-sexual behavior and predicted independently by the degree of both prenatal androgenization and masculinization of childhood behavior. We conclude that the findings support a sexual-differentiation perspective involving prenatal androgens on the development of sexual orientation.”

Cowritten with C. Dolezal, S.W. Baker, and M.I. New, “Sexual Orientation in Women with Classical or Non-Classical Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia as a Function of Degree of Prenatal Androgen Excess,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, Feb. 2008

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:
  • Director, Program of Developmental Psychoendocrinology, New York State Psychiatric Institute, present
  • Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry of Columbia University, 1990-present
  • Full Professional Psychologist, Psychiatry Service, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, 1990-present
  • Wilhelm-von-Humboldt Foundation Award, Berlin, Germany, 2010
  • Member, Standard-of-Care Revision Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, 2010-present
  • Member, Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group for DSM-V of the American Psychiatric Association, 2008-present
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, 1981-1990
  • Pediatric Behavioral Endocrinologist, Psychiatry Service, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 1978-1990
Education:
  • Dr. rer. nat, magna cum laude, psychology, University of Düsseldorf, Germany, 1970
  • Diplom, psychology, University of Hamburg, Germany, 1966
  • Vordiplom, University of Hamburg, Germany, 1963
Other:
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