Congratulations to Dr. Kimberly F. Balsam, Palo Alto University’s Associate Professor in the Ph.D. program, for her outstanding achievement on being elected to become the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues) President. She will begin her term as President-Elect in August 2015 and then President in August 2016.
At PAU, Dr. Balsam is Co-Director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research and of the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis in the Ph.D. program. Dr. Balsam’s research focuses on the health and well-being of stigmatized populations, with an emphasis on ethnically diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. She is a Fellow of APA’s Division 44 and was the 2010 recipient of their Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. Dr. Balsam has been the Principal Investigator of research grants funded by National Institutes of Health since 2003. Her most recent grant is an R01 grant from NICHD to conduct a 10 year longitudinal follow up study of same-sex and heterosexual couples previously surveyed in 2001-2. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, many in top journals in the field of psychology. She also has a 20-year history as a therapist with LGBT clients. To read more go to: http://www.paloaltou.edu/faculty/Kimberly-Balsam.
Dr. Balsam says “I’m very excited about this opportunity to take on this new leadership role and to serve the membership of Division 44, which has been my professional home within APA since 1998. We are living in times of unprecedented change for LGBT people in the United States. We have come a long way, but there is still much work to do, and I am very much looking forward to being a part of advancing LGBT psychology and promoting health and resilience among LGBT people through research, training, and clinical practice. It is an honor and privilege to serve in this role and I look forward to working with colleagues and trainees to tackle on the new challenges of our future.”