Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Kenneth S. Kendler, MD Biography

Title:
Director of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“In accord with findings from prior twin studies, resemblance for sexual orientation was greater in monozygotic twins than in dizygotic twins or nontwin sibling pairs. These results suggest that genetic factors may provide an important influence on sexual orientation.”

American Journal of Psychiatry, 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:
  • Director, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, 1996-present
  • Rachel Brown Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, 1991-present
  • Professor, Psychiatry and Human Genetics Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, 1987-present
  • Head, Psychiatric Genetics Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, 1983-present
  • Philip R.A. May Memorial Lectureship for Distinguished Service in Psychiatry, University of California at Los Angeles, 2002
  • Recipient, Rema Lapouse Award, American Public Health Association, 2002
  • Recipient, Thomas William Salmon Award – Distinguished Service in Psychiatry – NY Academy of Medicine, 2001
  • Recipient, Edward J. Sachar Award – Outstanding Contributions to Psychiatric Research, 2001
  • Recipient, Fundacion Castillo del Pino Award – Achievement in Psychiatry, 2001
  • Recipient, Edward Strecker Award – Outstanding Contributions to Psychiatric Care and Treatment, 2000
  • Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Human Genetics, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, 1983-1986
  • Research Associate, Bronx V.A. Medical Center, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, 1981-1983
  • Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Education:
  • MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1977
  • BA, Biology and Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1972
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do Studies Conducted on Homosexuality in Twins Show a Genetic Basis of Sexual Orientation?
  2. Is There a Gay Gene?