UMSL Prof to Head American Psychological Association's LGBT Division

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A University City scholar has been appointed head of the American Psychological Association's Division 44, also known as the Society of the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.

Mark Pope, professor and chair of the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, was named the 27th president of Division 44, according to an UMSL news release.

Division 44 is composed of psychologists who are interested in research, education, training and advocacy as it relates to LGBT individuals and causes. There are more 1,500 members.

"My entire career has been devoted to advancing the science and practice of working with LGBT persons, couples and their families and helping LGBT individuals meet their full human potential in a society that is not always accepting," Pope told the UMSL news department. He joined Division 44 in 1985, the year it was founded.

Pope specializes in counseling with sexual minorities, gay and lesbian career development, school-based violence against sexual-minority youths, sexual behavior in aging gay men and psychological testing for sexual minorities. He has served as editor for The Career Development Quarterly, and he's former director of psychological services for the American Indian AIDS Institute and the Native American AIDS Project in San Francisco.

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