Last updated on: 5/7/2012 | Author:

Robert L. Spitzer, MD Biography

Professor of Biometric Research at Columbia University
None Found to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

No position found as of Feb. 5, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Editor of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Professor of Biometric Research, Columbia University
  • Chief of Psychiatric Research, New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Member, American Psychiatric Association
  • MD, school unknown
  • Dr. Spitzer died of complications of heart disease on Dec. 25, 2015
  • “I believe I owe the gay community an apology for my study [“Can Some Gay Men and Lesbians Change Their Sexual Orientation? 200 Participants Reporting a Change from Homosexual to Heterosexual Orientation,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2003] making unproven claims of the efficacy of reparative therapy. I also apologize to any gay person who wasted time and energy undergoing some form of reparative therapy because they believed that I had proven that reparative therapy works with some ‘highly motivated’ individuals.”
    “Exclusive: Dr. Robert Spitzer Apologizes to Gay Community for Infamous ‘Ex-Gay’ Study,”, Apr. 25, 2012