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Alliant's Stature in LGBT Studies, Education Continues to Grow

New Same-Sex Relationship Research Findings at American Psychological Association Are Latest Example

Recent studies and activities by faculty and staff are reinforcing Alliant International University's reputation as an LGBT-friendly institution.

A few examples:

  • Alliant students, faculty and staff, plus family and friends, marched in the LGBT Pride 2013 parades in San Francisco and San Diego this summer for the second year of what is becoming an annual Alliant tradition. These events help Alliant take one more step forward in developing campus communities that both support and appreciate diversity.
  • In 2012, Alliant added an optional question on its online application: "Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT community? (Yes/No)." At the time, very few universities did this. (University of Iowa was the first public university to do so around the same time.)
  • New research on the psychological benefits of same-sex marriage from the Rockway Institute for LGBT psychology & public policy at Alliant International University was presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) 2013 Annual Convention.
  • In 2010, Alliant launched the nation's first Certificate Program in LGBT Mental Health and Human Services for graduate students and practicing professionals.

"Alliant, and its California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), has become a national leader in LGBT psychological research and the translation of that research into public policy efforts," said Robert-Jay Green, Ph.D., founder and senior research fellow of the Rockway Institute and distinguished professor emeritus in the clinical psychology PhD program in San Francisco.

"American society is becoming more accepting of LGBT people and their relationships than ever before [see recent poll by Pew Research Center], and our commitment to LGBT studies and education is at the forefront of training culturally competent practitioners to work with LGBT populations."

About the Rockway Institute

Since its founding in 2006 as a national center for LGBT psychology research, education and public policy, the Rockway Institute has advanced the use of scientific and professional expertise to counter anti-gay prejudice and inform public policies affecting LGBT people. The institute is a part of CSPP within the Alliant International University system. Approximately 20 faculty members at CSPP who have special expertise in LGBT psychology are affiliated with the institute.

And since 2011, CSPP has offered the Rockway Institute certificate program in LGBT Human Services and Mental Health online. It is designed to meet the growing need for behavioral health professionals to develop competencies in working with LGBT individuals, couples and families. The program focuses on multicultural competencies specific to the intersecting identities of LGBT clients, and addresses the issues recommended by the APA's Ethical Guidelines for the Treatment of LGBT populations.