Committees and task forces


Committee on Bisexual Issues

Chairs: Lori Ross , Grady L. Garner, Jr.
The Committee on Bisexual Issues leads the Division's efforts to highlight and support the study of bisexual issues in psychology. The committee provides opportunities for psychologists to network and to participate in convention programs and other profession development opportunities focused on bisexual concerns. Eligible students can apply for the Bisexual Foundation Award.

Committee on Mentoring

Chairs: Michelle Vaughn, Joe Miles
The Committee on Mentoring develops strategies for increasing student and ECP involvement in the division, to change the perception of the division as a closed group which is hard to enter, to open up the division to fresh ideas and new faces, and to keep newly active members involved so that we continually groom leadership for the division in future years. The committee coordinates the annual Graduate Student Mentoring Workshop and Reception (co-sponsored with APAGS CLGBTC) as well as an ECP Networking Program during the APA convention. We also serve as a liaison between Division 44 and APAGS CLGBTC. The committee sponsors the Committee on Mentoring Student Travel Award to the APA Convention to encourage greater participation in the Division 44 annual convention activities by LGBTQ graduate students.

Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Chairs: David Rivera, Cirleen DeBlaere
CoRED's mission is to increase the diversity of the Division by representing the concerns of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities of color and providing information on these issues to the members at large. Of particular concern to the committee is the intersection of Ethnic Diversity and LGBT concerns and supporting professionals and students personally and professionally. The Committee meets annually at APA in the Division suite and the Chair attends Executive Committee meetings. The committee sponsors the Dr. Richard A. Rodriguez Division 44 Student Travel Award to the APA Convention to encourage greater participation in Division 44 annual convention activities by LGBT students of color.

Communications Committee

Chair: Richard Sprott
The role of the Communications Committee is to increase the effectiveness of the Division's communication with its members, and its public face to the field of psychology.

Education and Training Committee

Chair: Maryka Biaggio and Joseph Micucci
The committee advocates for LGBT-affirmative policies in psychology education and training. Although official statements of the American Psychological and many other professional associations now make it clear that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and also encourage, even require, members to affirm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender identities, some professionals and members of the public do not agree with these positions. The Education and Training Committee seeks to employ an educational approach in combating regressive and repressive opinions both within the profession and the general public. Please see the Suggested Readings page in the Resources section for a list of readings about LGBT issues in education and training. Individuals wishing to apply for listing as trainers may also contact the Committee Chair.

Fellows Committee

Chair: Christopher Martell
The Fellows Committee assists division members who have made unusual and outstanding contributions to LGBT issues in psychology to achieve the status of Fellow in APA. For a description of how to apply for Fellow status, information about our most recently elected Fellows, and a list of all Division 44 Fellows with links to their websites, please see the Division 44 Fellows page.

Finance Committee

Chair: Angela Ferguson
The overall aim of the Finance Committee is to provide oversight to the Division 44's finances and recommendations to the EC on potential corrective or new avenues for the budget or finances. The committee examines and periodically reviews the budget, financial forecasts, and anticipated funding streams, and makes recommendations to the full EC for changes to the management or operation of the Division's finances.

Membership committee

Chairs: Franco Dispenza, Laura Alie
This committee is charged with developing the membership base and representing membership interests before the Executive Committee. Maintaining current members, adding new members, and addressing the needs and interests of members are continual issues for the Membership Committee. Information about joining is available on the Participate in Division 44 page.

Public Policy Committee

Chair: Tim Popanz, Melissa Grey
The Public Policy Committee responds to LGBT issues in the larger political sphere as they arise and responds where we have the resources to do so. This includes providing materials and consultations to government officials and psychologists in states that are facing anti-LGBT ballot issues, engagin in letter-writing on a variety of matters. We aim to determine collectively what issues we might address as they evolve and to craft responses that are in the best traditions both of a commitment to positive social change and adherence to the best scholarly practices of the discipline.

Program Committee

Chairs: David Pantalone,Gary Howell
The Program Committee is responsible for the Division's programming at the annual APA Convention. The committee develops a program representing current research and scholarship on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender psychology, and is also responsible for the Division's hospitality suite at Convention. The hospitality suite provides a place for LGBT conference attendees and those interested in LGBT issues to gather, socialize, exchange ideas, and network. Please see our APA Convention page for information about Division 44 programming.

Science committee

Chair: Jonathan Mohr, Stephanie Budge
The Science Committee strives to encourage high quality research on sexual orientation and transgender issues. The committee aims to advance production and visibility of outstanding research by providing resources for students and both new and experienced researchers, playing a role in research-related programming and awards at the APA Convention, facilitating connections among individuals who conduct sexual orientation and transgender research, and stimulating dialogue about issues germane to sexual orientation and transgender research, including substantive, methodological, and political issues. To learn more about the science of LGBT psychology, please visit the Science and research page in our Resources section.

Scholarship committee

Chair: Jonathan Mohr
The Scholarship Committee evaluates proposals submitted by graduate students in psychology seeking to win one of two scholarships offered by the Division, the Malyon-Smith and the Bisexual Foundation awards. Information about these awards and their most recent winners can be found on the Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award and Bisexual Foundation Scholarship Award pages.

Committee on Transgender & Gender Variance Issues

Chairs: Jenny Arm, Stacey “Colt” Meier
The Committee on Gender Transgender & Gender Variance Issues, in recognition of the obstacles and barriers faced by transgender persons, explores how the psychological profession and Division 44 might best meet the needs of transgender individuals and the transgender community through advocacy, scientific research, and professional training and education.

Youth and Families Committee

Chair: Richard Sprott, Megan Lytle
The Committee on Youth and Families is interested in advancing scholarship, research, policy and education that support LGBT youth and LGBT families. The Committee has also built liaison relationships with organizations outside of APA including the Child Welfare League of America, Lambda Legal, and the American Academy of Pediatrics in order to learn from, contribute to, and leverage the progress made in those other organizations.

Task forces

Health Initiatives Task Force

Chair: Linda Travis, Edward Callahan
The Health Initiatives Task Force (HIT) was created to foster inclusion of LGBT psychological, behavioral health and substance use/abuse issues in national health care discussions and in primary care medical settings. Specifically, HIT will be working to ensure that key clinical concerns of the Division, and our target populations, are included in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service's Healthy People 2020 work plan.

Task force on Aging

Chair: Douglas Kimmel, Kate Hinrichs
The Task Force on Aging raises awareness of psychological issues in the adult development and aging of LGBT individuals. It promotes scientific research and education on LGBT aging as well as the dissemination of such relevant information to psychologists, students, and the general public. The Task Force seeks to accomplish this mission through efforts to support and facilitate LGBT aging research, the sponsorship of LGBT aging related programs at the APA annual convention, encouraging the inclusion of LGBT aging research in scholarly publications, promoting representation of LGBT aging issues in related areas of psychological study through liaison with other APA divisions and facilitating Division 44 liaison to the APA Committee on Aging.