Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D.

Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest (Early Career)

Citation   "For an astonishing body of research, writing, and professional service and for his significant impact on national debates concerning sexual minorities. His work has furthered our understanding of prejudice and discrimination related to sexual orientation in a variety of social and professional settings. His research has illuminated issues of stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with AIDS. In the public debate over U.S. military policy, Herek integrated a large body of behavioral and social research – including his own empirical studies – to construct a strong scientific argument against the military's antigay ban. His leadership in addressing antilesbian and antigay violence through documentation of its incidence and prevalence in a variety of contexts and settings, of its mental health consequences, of institutional responses, and of prevention efforts exemplifies his ability to link his own research to the development of public policy. His congressional testimony on "gays in the military" and hate crimes represented the American Psychological Association (APA) to the nation. His work has been used repeatedly by the APA in amicus briefs and is widely quoted in the professional and public press. His application of psychological research seeks to assure that public policy decisions are informed by sound psychological science. In addition to his scholarship, advocacy, and public policy impact, Herek has given an extraordinary amount of service to the profession through service on grant-review panels, governance activities, consultation, and mentoring. What is perhaps most surprising about this award is that so esteemed and productive a scholar could still be eligible for early career recognition."

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