Last updated on: 5/15/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Richard P. Fitzgibbons, MD Biography

Title:
Director of the Institute for Marital Healing
Position:
Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“There is substantial evidence based on years of clinical experience that homosexuality is a developmental disorder.”

“Homosexuality Is Not Inherited and Science Fiction Solutions Won’t Help,” The Washington Times, Jan. 24, 1997

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:
  • Consultant, Congregation for Clergy at the Vatican, 2008-present
  • Director, Comprehensive Counseling Services, 1999-present
  • Director, Institute for Marital Healing, 1996-present
  • Adjunct Professor, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at Catholic University
  • Lecturer, International Institute for Culture
  • Board Member, International Institute for Forgiveness
  • Member, Counseling Committee of Psychiatrists and Psychologists for Religious of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Active staff, Horsham Clinic, 1986-1993
  • Active staff, Northwestern Institute, 1980-1992
  • Consultant, Counseling and Guidance Center of Catholic Social Services, 1978-1980
  • Courtesy staff, Fairmount Institute, 1977-1980
  • Residence in Psychiatry, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1973-1976
Education:
  • MD, Temple University School of Medicine, 1969
  • BS, St. Joseph’s University, 1965
Other:
  • None Found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Same-Sex Attraction a Passing Phase Some Young People Go Through?
  2. Can a Child's Relationship with His or Her Parents Cause Homosexuality?