Author, scholar to speak about the “New and Improved Gay Teenager”, May 2

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KINGSTON, R.I. –April 20, 2011–Ritch C. Savin-Williams, an expert on adolescent development, will speak at the University of Rhode Island May 2. His talk, The New and Improved Gay Teenager, is free and open to the public. The talk will be presented at 3:15 p.m. in Chafee Hall, Room 277, 10 Chafee Road, Kingston.

Savin-Williams is the author of seven books on adolescent development including: “…and then I became gay.” Young Men’s Stories, “Mom, Dad. I’m Gay.” How Families Negotiate Coming Out, and The New Gay Teenager.

He is currently writing about the resiliency and mental health of sexual-minority youth and the sexual development of heterosexual youth. His research on differential developmental trajectories attempts to supplant our genetic, stage models of identity development with a perspective that explores the similarities of sexual-minority youth with all youth and the ways in which sexual-minority adolescents vary among themselves and from heterosexual youth.

Savin-Williams has served as an expert witness on same-sex marriage, gay adoption, and Boy Scout court cases. He has been a consultant for MTV, 20/20, the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN and his work has been cited in Newsweek, Time, Utne Reader, Rolling Stone, New York Times, Washington Post, among other national publications.

Savin-Williams received the 2001 Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution and the 2005 Outstanding Book Award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association. He has also written junior high school curriculum materials for the Unitarian Universalist Association, Beyond Pink and Blue: Exploring Our Stereotypes of Sexuality and Gender.

He earned a master’s degree in religious studies and a doctorate in human development from the University of Chicago.

Savin-Williams visit is sponsored by the URI Department of Psychology as part of its 50th anniversary colloquium series.