CLGBTC 2010 Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns presented its 2010 Outstanding Achievement Awards to two individuals during the APA Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif.

Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD

For contributions to the theory and practice of psychotherapy, for leadership and service, and for building bridges. For more than 25 years, Dr. Glassgold has published and taught on the intersection of sexual orientation and other aspects of diversity in psychological ethics and practice, countering stereotypes of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and conceptualizing therapeutic interventions in exciting new ways. 

She has served in leadership roles in the Association of Lesbian and Gay Psychology, APA Division 44, the APA Committee on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns, the New Jersey Psychological Association, and as chair of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. In these roles, she has worked to bridge divides within psychology and APA by articulating a model of affirmative therapy for religious people conflicted by their sexual orientation, by promoting new psychoanalytic work on sexual orientation and collaboration between Divisions 39 and 44, and by supporting the rapprochement between Divisions 19 and 44.

In her work, Dr. Glassgold has exemplified diplomacy, diligence, optimism and resourcefulness.

Jane M. Simoni, PhD

In recognition of her research, mentorship, and leadership. Dr. Simoni’s research on the health of indigenous lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations has provided a wealth of data with which to change the minds and practices of many who work with these most vulnerable populations.

She awakened the scientific community to the importance of supporting science that advances social justice when she successfully fought back against political challenges to funding of her work. Her support for emerging scholars in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender psychology was recognized by APA Division 44's 2007 Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award. Simoni has served in a number of APA leadership roles, including President of Division 35’s Section for Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Issues, chair of the Wayne Placek Award Committee, and Chair of the Committee on Women in Psychology.

Simoni has advanced LGBT Psychology through her own research and scientific leadership, through the research of the emerging scholars she has mentored, and through her service to the field.