The APAGS Resource Guide for LGBT Students in Psychology

The APAGS Resource Guide for LGBT Students in Psychology is a publication of the APAGS Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, formerly the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns. The following chapters provide an overview of this guide. Please download the full guide (PDF, 424KB) for further reading.


  • Introduction — John E. Pachankis, MA

  • Assessing Your Program's Climate and General Coming Out Issues — Michelle Vaughan, MA, Katherine G. Spencer, MA

  • Therapist Self-disclosure of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity: Issues to Consider with Adult Clients — Michael E. Bricker, MS

  • The Importance of Social Support in Your Graduate Program — Sean Travis Clouse, MA

  • Establishing a Supportive Community Network for LGBT Graduate Students — Elizabeth A. Pickens, BA

  • Mentorship and LGBT Students: A Key to Professional Growth — Katherine G. Spencer, MA

  • Choosing Whether to Confront Discriminatory Attitudes in Graduate School — Sarah Hayes, MA

  • LGBT Advocacy — Michelle Vaughan, MA

  • Manifestations of Heterocentricism for Students with LGBT-Related Professional Interests — John E. Pachankis, MA, Gillian Marie Woldorf, MA

  • Doing LGBT Research in Graduate School: Pros and Cons — Keith J. Horvath, MS

  • Practical Advice About LGBT Research - Dan Yoshimoto, MS, Tips for Transgender, Transsexual, and/or Gender Variant Graduate Students — Randall D. Ehrbar, PsyD, Lenore Newman, PhD

  • Issues Specific to Bisexual Graduate Students in Psychology — Julie R. Arseneau, EdM

  • Additional Resources for LGBT Students

  • APA’s Ethical Codes of Potential Interest to LGBT Students

  • About APAGS

This resource is just one of several services provided for students by the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), the premier group committed to representing, leading, advocating and developing resources for graduate psychology students.