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JFK University's Dr. Kristin Hancock Receives Distinguished Humanitarian Award

May 4, 2010

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. - John F. Kennedy University faculty member Dr. Kristin Hancock has received the 2010 Distinguished Humanitarian Contribution Award from the California Psychological Association (CPA).

Dr. Hancock received the Distinguished Humanitarian Contribution Award with Dr. Linda Garnets from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Dr. Greg Herek from the University of California, Davis, in recognition of the significant impact their voluntary and career work has made toward improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) individuals.

Drs. Hancock, Garnets, and Herek are founding members and leaders in Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues) within the American Psychological Association, a focal point for research, practice, and education on the lives and realities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. In these roles, Drs. Hancock, Garnets, and Herek have fostered professional and public awareness about lesbian, gay, and bisexual concerns and have implemented guidelines to improve the relevance and quality of mental health services available to the LGBT community. Their collective work also has educated the courts and been used in testimony to oppose discriminatory legislation and initiatives aimed at gay and lesbian populations.

Dr. Hancock is a core faculty member in JFK University’s Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program in the College of Professional Studies at the JFKU’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 the American Psychological Association (APA) and National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP).

“These awards and honors are well deserved and distinguish Dr. Hancock not only within the John F. Kennedy University community, but as one of the foremost professors and contributors to the field of psychology in the United States,” commented Dr. Steven Stargardter, president of JFK University. “The University is proud of her work and looks forward to supporting her teaching and research for many years to come.”

“It is truly an honor to receive such recognition from the California Psychological Association. This association illustrates the care and concern of California psychologists for the human rights and psychological well-being of those they serve,” Hancock observes, “and I am also grateful for the support I have received here at John F. Kennedy University for my work in LGBT psychology.”

Dr. Hancock led the development of the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients which were adopted by that association in 2000. She has also 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, and the Board of Professional Affairs. She is currently serving on APA’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Her most recent publication is a chapter in the Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology edited by Joan Chrisler and Donald McCreary published this year. The chapter is entitled “Emergence and development of the psychological study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.”

About John F. Kennedy University
Founded in 1964, John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, was among the first institutions of higher education in California committed to lifelong learning for adults. Today, the University’s three Colleges and Continuing Education division provide innovative higher education opportunities to more than 2,000 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit

About the National University System
The National University System was established to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st century. The System is uniquely aligned to connect a diverse population of students to a network of innovative educational programs that are relevant to their lives, careers, and the marketplace and are delivered in a format that respects competing life priorities. Dr. Jerry C. Lee has served as the System’s Chancellor since it was founded in 2001. In addition to John F. Kennedy University, the affiliates of the National University System are National University; National University International; the Division of Pre-College Programs consisting of National University Virtual High School and National University Academy; Spectrum Pacific Learning; and WestMed College. Entities related to the System include the National University System Institute for Policy Research, National University Golf Academy, and the Center for Integrative Health. For more information, visit: