Notable Awards and Honors

Div. 44 Fellows Introduced at the 2018 APA Convention in San Francisco

Learn about the unusual and outstanding contributions made to the field by new Div. 44 fellows.
By Glenda Russell , PhD

During the 2018 APA convention in San Francisco, Div. 44 welcomed new fellows to the division. Fellow status in the division is based on demonstrated evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions to the discipline of psychology with a particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender psychology. Contributions may be made in any of several areas: teaching and other educational efforts, clinical work, policy and advocacy and research.

Div. 44 fellows are one of two types. New fellows have not previously been fellows of the American Psychological Association. They are entering APA fellow status through fellow status in Div. 44. Div. 44 welcomed one new fellow this year. Current fellows — sometimes called "old" fellows — have already achieved fellow status in APA through another division and have requested that their work on issues of importance to Div. 44 qualify them as fellows in our division.

Mark Brennan-Ing, PhD, has been one of the foremost researchers to examine the intersection of aging, sexual minority status and HIV/AIDS infection. His work in this area has been truly pioneering. He has produced more than 100 publications on this intersection. Brennan-Ing has been nationally and internationally recognized for his work. His work has been acknowledged by both professional organizations and movement organizations.

Theo Burnes, PhD, was recognized for his innovations as a practitioner and as a teacher and trainer on LGBTQ matters. He has had an especially important influence on understanding the competencies associated with clinical and counseling work with transgender and other gender-creative people. His work as a teacher and trainer has been expressed in structured programs for ongoing training and supervision of therapists in the U.S. as well as in presentations and workshops internationally.

Sharon Horne, PhD, has been a prolific researcher on a variety of areas, notably including social policies affecting LGBTQ individuals, couples and families; intersectional issues among sexual and gender minorities; and LGBTQ international matters. Her work on international matters of concern to LGBTQ people has encompassed research, teaching and advocacy and has been absolutely ground-breaking. Its impact has been felt by LGBTQ people literally in places throughout the world.

Sharon Rostosky, PhD, has been a prolific researcher and policy influence in a variety of arenas. Her work has been especially influential in the following areas: social policies affecting LGBTQ individuals, couples and families; positive identity, resilience and well-being in the face of stigma; and the use of online methods for data collection with LGBTQ populations. Rostosky's research has been widely cited, including importantly in legal briefs about LGBTQ people and their rights. Her work with Ellen Riggle, PhD, has been notable for the many students it has engaged in LGBTQ research, for advancing LGBTQ issues through sound science and for its implications for advocacy and public education.