About Division 44

Our Mission and goals

The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (SPSLGBTI) welcomes all those interested in psychological research, education and training, practice, and advocacy on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues and all lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men, transgendered people, and their allies.

SPSLGBTI respects the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and recognizes that multiple dimensions of diversity including race, ethnicity, gender, ability, age, and class affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues.

We support and mentor students and others interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered issues. We work collaboratively with others on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered concerns locally, nationally, and internationally.

The purpose of the organization shall be:

  • To advance the contributions of psychology as a discipline to the understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues through basic and applied research
  • To promote education and training in matters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues including special issues associated with practice, research, education and training, and the public interest
  • To promote the development and delivery of affirmative psychological services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people
  • To use psychological knowledge to advocate for the advancement of the public interest and the welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people
  • To inform the general public about research, education and training, practice, and advocacy on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues

Governing Documents

You can read our by-laws, which govern the operations of the Division, or our policy manual, which informs our day to day activities, here.

Our Activities

Through its various committees and task forces, events, and via the awards and honors given to outstanding contributors, Division 44 enlarges the scope of psychology's understanding of the needs of sexual minority individuals and communities. Division 44 works together with other groups in APA, particularly the Lesbian,Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Concerns Office of the American Psychological Association, to advance affirmative science, practice, and public policy.

History

APA's division 44, founded as the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issues in 1985 by a group of pioneering LGB psychologists and their allies, is psychology's focal point for research, practice, and education on the lives and realities of LGBT people. With over 1500 members, Division 44 represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and eleven foreign countries on every inhabited continent.

The Division has its historical material housed at the Cornell University Library. They include:

  • Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issues, 1981-1998
  • Association Of Gay And Lesbian Psychologists Records, 1973-1992

Material of significance to the Division's history may be sent to:

Brenda J. Marston, Curator
Human Sexuality Collection and Library Women's Studies Selector
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-5302
Phone: 607-255-3530
Fax: 607-255-9524

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