CLGBTC 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns presented its 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards to two individuals during the APA Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

Lisa M. Diamond, PhD

In recognition of outstanding scholarship, public education and mentorship. Dr. Diamond has authored numerous publications on same-sex sexuality and identity in her body of work. Her contributions on the developmental trajectories of women's relationships and sexual attractions have challenged existing conceptualizations of identity categories. Her 2008 book, "Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire," demonstrated that desire and identity formation involve malleability or variability for many persons.

Diamond has also demonstrated an ongoing record of involvement in educating the public about sexual-developmental issues through teaching, presentations, workshops and trainings in national and international settings. Along with these accomplishments, Diamond has demonstrated enduring connection to and advocacy in her local community. She has established a record of excellence in teaching and community outreach, serving on advisory boards, state commissions and in other positions. She remains a mentor for colleagues and particularly for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender emerging scholars.

Diamond is, through her own scholarship and leadership, an ambassador for the gender and sexuality community even as she inspires excellence in others.

Ilan  H. Meyer, PhD

In recognition of his research, scholarship and contributions to public policy. Professor Meyer's research program began in the early 1990s with questions related to gay men's internalized homophobia, their sexual behavior and their experiences of discrimination and violence, steadily expanded to include lesbians and bisexual men and women, and produced the highly influential 2003 Psychological Bulletin paper, "Prejudice, Social Stress, and Mental Health In Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Populations: Conceptual Issues and Research Evidence."

Dr. Meyer advanced scholarship on sexual minorities as a guest editor of the first American Journal of Public Health special issue on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health and as a co-editor of the 2007 book, "The Health of Sexual Minorities: Public Health Perspectives on LGBT Populations."

Dr. Meyer's public policy contributions have included co-authorship of a white paper on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health that laid the foundation for health advocacy for gender and sexual minorities and, the articulation of the minority stress model in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial and in testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Dr. Meyer's seminal work and gracious leadership has influenced the field, inspired his students and other scholars and informed public policy.