Terms Beginning January 2019

Deadline August 31, 2018

The Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (CSOGD) is pleased to invite nominations for two positions to serve a three-year term (2019-2021). The mission of CSOGD is to:

  • Study and evaluate on an ongoing basis how the issues and concerns of sexual orientation and gender diverse (e.g., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer [LGBTQ]) psychologists can best be dealt with.
  • Encourage objective and unbiased research in areas relevant to sexual orientation and gender diverse (e.g., LBGTQ) adults and youths and the social impact of such research.
  • Examine the consequences of inaccurate information and stereotypes about sexual orientation and gender diverse (e.g., LBGTQ) adults and youth in clinical practice.
  • Develop educational materials for distribution to psychologists and others.
  • Make recommendations regarding the integration of these issues into the APA's activities to further the cause of human rights of sexual orientation and gender diverse (e.g., LBGTQ) individuals and communities.

Nominees are sought who are full APA members and have experience or expertise relevant to one or more of the following areas:

  • Professional training and education.
  • Community mental health.
  • Expertise (research, policy or practice) in one or more of the following areas: aging and adult development; bisexuality; children, youth and adolescents; HIV/AIDS; immigration, asylum or refugee status; K-12 educational systems; marginalized communities including people with disabilities; and transgender and gender nonconforming individuals (TGNC), especially transgender women of color.
  • Experience or interest in professional or community organization leadership.

All nomination candidates should demonstrate commitment and engagement in cultural competence (awareness, knowledge, skills and humility) in the arenas of training, research, teaching, practice and/or public policy related to understanding multiple and intersecting identities among culturally diverse LGBTQ individuals and communities.

The committee particularly welcomes nominations of racial/ethnic minority psychologists, bisexual psychologists, psychologists with disabilities, TGNC psychologists and other psychologists who are members of underrepresented groups. In considering nominees, the committee will also consider areas of expertise or specialization within psychology, stage of career (early, mid, late) and the diversity represented in CSOGD membership.

The committee consists of six members. It reports to council through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

Selected candidates will be required to attend one in-person meeting in the spring each year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA. There may be an additional in-person meeting in the fall in one or more years during the appointees’ term of service on the group, although that is yet to be determined. Members will also attend at least monthly meetings with video conferencing technology (with which appointees must become familiar), frequent email discussion and work on committee priorities between meetings.

How to Apply

To apply, please provide:

  1. The nominee's statement of interest.
  2. The nominee's curriculum vita.
  3. A letter of support from someone familiar with the nominee's work.

These materials should highlight the nominee's qualifications for the committee and expertise or interest in the targeted areas above.

Nomination materials are to be received by Aug. 31, 2018, via mail, email or fax.


CSOGD Nominations
Public Interest Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First St., NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242


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