Walter Bockting, PhD, professor, researcher, and clinician at the Program in Human Sexuality in joined the faculty of Columbia University on October 1, 2012.
Bockting has been nominated to the position of Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Nursing) and to the tenure track in the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University. "Walter Bockting is an esteemed colleague who has made major contributions to the recent launch of our new Initiative for LGBT Health," noted Anke A. Ehrhardt, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry. "We look forward to Dr. Bockting playing a leading role in the Initiative for LGBT Health, which focuses on research, clinical care, education, and public policy analysis with regard to the health and mental health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population."
Bockting joined PHS as a postdoctoral fellow in 1988. Soon after completing his studies, he became a member of the faculty at PHS. Recently he was promoted to the rank of full professor. Bockting has been the coordinator of the University of Minnesota Transgender Health Services, a graduate faculty member of Gender and Sexuality Studies, and a co-founder of the University's Leo Fung Center for CAH and Disorders of Sex Development. He has mentored a number of postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty and has collaborated on many research initiatives with his colleagues. Most recently he has served as the Director of Research for PHS.
Assistant Professor Katie Spencer, PhD, will be talking over the coordination of Transgender Health Services. The research project led by Bockting, All Gender Health Online, will remain at the University of Minnesota until its completion in January 2013. Bockting will continue to collaborate with faculty and staff through his volunteer appointment as adjunct clinical faculty.
Bockting's research interests have included gender identity development, transgender health, sexuality and the Internet, and HIV prevention, and his work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Minnesota Department of Health. Besides his numerous publications, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Transgenderism. He is past-president and fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and past-president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
"There is no question that Dr. Bockting has made significant contributions to the growth and stature of the Program in Human Sexuality nationally and internationally," said Eli Coleman, PhD, director of PHS. "He will be sorely missed by his colleagues, but we look forward to continued collaboration. No doubt he will continue to make significant contributions to LGBT health and our field of human sexuality."
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