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The past decade has seen profound changes in the scientific understanding of sexual orientation in men and women and its expression over the life course, but little of this information has “trickled down” into conventional understandings of sexual-minority (i.e., non-heterosexual) populations. This presentation will review the most radical changes in our understanding of the origins and expression of same-sex sexuality, specifically research on sexual "fluidity" (i.e., the capacity for sexual behaviors, attractions, and identities to change over time) and its implications for research, clinical practice, and social policy and advocacy.
Lisa M. Diamond is Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. She studies the development and expression of sexual identity and orientation over the life course. Her 2008 book, Sexual Fluidity, published by Harvard University Press, describes the changes and transformations that she has observed in the sexual attractions, behaviors, and identities of a sample of lesbian, bisexual, and “unlabeled” women that she has been following since 1995. Sexual Fluidity has been awarded the Distinguished Book Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Study of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered Issues. Dr. Diamond is co-editor of the APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology and is a fellow of two divisions of the APA. Dr. Diamond has published over 100 articles and book chapters, and has been invited to present her research at over 60 Universities and international conferences She has received awards for her work from the Developmental Psychology and LGBT Psychology Divisions of the APA, the American Association of University Women, the International Association for Relationship Research, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
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