Ritch Savin-Williams

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Current Professional Activities
Graduate Fields of Human Development; Psychology; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Studies

Current Research Activities
Dr. Savin-Williams' current research interests focus on the psychological well-being of same-sex attracted youth and adults. Emphasis is placed on developmental processes among sexual minorities, especially differential developmental trajectories, identity development, relations with family, and gender nonconformity.

Current Extension Activities
Promoting the well-being and resiliency of sexual-minority adolescents and young adults.


Biographical Statement
Ritch C. Savin-Williams is professor and chair of Human Development at Cornell University. He received the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he studied sex differences in dominance hierarchy formation at summer camp. Later research projects included examining behavioral and experienced domains of self-esteem and adolescent friendships. His books on adolescent development include, The New Gay Teenager (2005), “Mom, Dad. I’m Gay.” How Families Negotiate Coming Out” (2001), ". . . And Then I Became Gay." Young Men's Stories (1998), and, with Kenneth Cohen, The Lives of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals: Children to Adults (1996). He is currently writing about the experiences of growing up with same-sex attractions, the mental health of sexual-minority youth, and the sexual development of heterosexual youth.
Dr. Savin-Williams is also a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice and has served as an expert witness on same-sex marriage, gay adoption, and Boy Scout court cases. He received the 2001 Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution and the 2005 Outstanding Book Award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association for The New Gay Teenager. He has also written curriculum materials for the Unitarian Universalist Association, Beyond Pink and Blue: Exploring Our Stereotypes of Sexuality and Gender.

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Chair of Human Development

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