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JFK University Professor Dr. Kristin Hancock Honored at National Multicultural Conference

January 25, 2013

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. - John F. Kennedy University faculty member Dr. Kristin Hancock was honored at the 2013 National Multicultural Conference and Summit on January 17, 2013, in Houston, Texas. She received the Distinguished Elder Award at the conference and a citation from American Psychological Association (APA) President Donald Bersoff in recognition of her outstanding leadership in the field of LGBT issues and her contributions in the area of professional practice guidelines.

In presenting the citation, APA President Dr. Bersoff stated that APA’s Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients which Dr. Hancock spearheaded “…set a standard to improve professional practice with LGB clients and serves as the aspiration for all later guideline efforts.”

Dr. Hancock is a member of the faculty of JFK University’s Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at the University’s Pleasant Hill campus. Her long-term dedication and contribution to the field of psychology and to the needs of the LGBT community are evidenced by the awards she has received previously from APA, the California Psychological Association (CPA), and National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). She was most recently honored in 2010 with CPA’s Distinguished Humanitarian Contribution Award.

Dr. Hancock has served in the governance of APA, chairing the association’s Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns, the Committee on Women in Psychology, the Committee on Professional Practice and Standards, the Board of Professional Affairs, and the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. She is currently serving on APA’s Policy and Planning Board.

At the National Multicultural Conference, Dr. Hancock also chaired a symposium entitled Conscience, Client Welfare, and the Education of Psychologists. Her presentation on this panel focused upon the lawsuits and legislation involving the rights of students to “opt out” of ethically mandated multicultural education and training. Her most recent publications include a chapter (entitled “Emergence and Development of the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues”) in the Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology edited by Joan Chrisler and Donald McCreary published this year by Springer and a chapter in the upcoming Psychologist’s Desk Reference edited by Gerald Koocher, John Norcross, and Beverly Greene (entitled “Treating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Men and Women”) published by Oxford University Press.