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Special Guest Lecture April 12, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC, Room 413 A/B

Working with Sexual and Gender Diversity:
Clinical Implications from Current Research


 Lisa M. Diamond, PhD
 Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies
 University of Utah


Lisa Diamond, PhD is Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on two distinct but related areas - the nature and development of affectional bonds, and the nature and development of same-sex sexuality. The common thread uniting these lines of research is her interest in the psychological and biobehavioral processes underlying intimate relationships and their influence on emotional experience and functioning over the life course. Dr. Diamond’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and private foundations and associations. She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books.  Dr. Diamond is perhaps most well known for her 2008 book “Sexual Fluidity”, which offers an incisive disquisition into the origins and nature of same-sex sexual orientation among women and earned her the Distinguished Book Award from the American Psychological Association.  Her two decades of research on human sexuality, particularly among LGBTQ community members, culminated in the two-volume “Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology,” published by the APA in 2014. 

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the population prevalence of different forms of same-sex sexuality (i.e., exclusive same-sex attractions versus bisexual attractions).
  2. Understand the population prevalence of longitudinal changes in same-sex attractions.
  3. Summarize the implications of these findings for arguments regarding the immutability of sexual orientation and the relevance of immutability for the civil rights of sexual minorities.

We invite you to join us for this very special lecture as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Year of Diversity initiative.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about this lecture, please contact Frances Patrick at 412-246-6787 or via email at

Continuing Education Credit:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours.  In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.