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Stephen Lee Forssell Faculty Member

Dr. Forssell is the founding director of the graduate program in LGBT Health Policy & Practice (LGBTHP&P) at the George Washington University (GWU), an 18-credit graduate certificate for health professionals with an emphasis on policy and applied health contexts. Under Dr. Forssell's leadership, LGBTHP&P won the 2019 organizational Achievement Award from GLMA (Gay and Lesbian Medical Association) Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. Dr. Forssell is a teaching assistant professor in the Professional Psychology Department and teaches courses in Sexuality and Health in the Psychology Department, and lectures at the GWU Medical Center School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His research, teaching, and consulting career is centered on the health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) populations. Dr. Forssell also co-directs the Psychology Summer Institute for Health Promotion in Underserved Communities at GWU which prepares high-achieving undergraduates for graduate training and careers in public health helping underserved populations. Dr. Forssell’s expertise and research are in sexual orientation development, same-sex romantic relationships, child development and parenting, HIV/AIDS risk behaviors, and high risk sexual behavior interventions. His most recent research investigated parenting capabilities, partner relationship quality, and child outcomes in adoptive gay, lesbian and bisexual parented families. Dr. Forssell’s program evaluation background has emphasized technical assistance programs administered to non-profits and federal government grantees. Programs he has evaluated are in the domains of mental health and sexuality-related trainings and interventions, and serve culturally and economically diverse populations. Dr. Forssell is the 2019 recipient of the GLMA Achievement Award and the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. He holds a Doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Denver. He has been on the faculty at GWU since 2002.

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