Last updated on: 4/23/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Lisa M. Diamond, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“[T]hough women – like men – appear to be born with distinct sexual orientations, these orientations do not provide the last word on their sexual attractions and experiences. Instead, women of all orientations may experience variation in their erotic and affectional feelings as they encounter different situations, relationships, and life stages.”

Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire, 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:
  • Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, University of Utah, 2005-present
  • Editor, Rethinking Positive Adolescent Female Sexual Development
  • Consulting Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, International Journal of Sexual Health, and Journal of Counseling Psychology
  • Recipient, Independent Publishers Book Award, 2008
  • Former Program Chair, International Association for Relationship Research, 2006-2008
  • Recipient, Ira and Harriet Reiss Award for the Best Theoretical Article on Human Sexuality, 2007
  • Recipient, Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, Div. 44 of the American Psychological Association, 2006
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, University of Utah, 1999-2005
  • Recipient, Boyd McCandless Award for Distinguished Contribution to Developmental Psychology, Division 7 of the American Psychological Association, 2004
  • Recipient, Recognition Award for Emerging Scholars, American Association of University Women, 2004
Education:
  • PhD, Human Development, Cornell University, 1999
  • MA, Human Development, Cornell University, 1996
  • BA, Psychology, University of Chicago, 1993
Other:
  • None Found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Same-Sex Attraction a Passing Phase Some Young People Go Through?