Updated: Aug 24
Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Diana L. Prescott, Ph.D.
Candidate, President-Elect, APA
June 27, 2021
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I come to you today requesting endorsement from Division 44, Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, for my candidacy for President-Elect of the American Psychological Association (APA). I am seeking your endorsement as a psychologist who identifies as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. I personally highly value open-mindedness and have worked hard in my own personal journey to consider my values and beliefs, exposing my blind spots to understand my own sexual orientation and gender identity, improve my work as a psychologist and serve as an ally for my friends, clients, family, and community members who identify as part of this community. I believe as President of APA, I would serve as a trusted and open-minded colleague for Division 44, working to advance the priorities of the Division. This is the reason I am seeking your endorsement.
In my practice, I often consult with clients who identify as lesbian or bisexual. I treat many adolescent girls in a rural community, and I believe my office is perceived as a safe place to come to express thoughts and feelings about gender identity and sexual orientation, without fear of retribution or exposure to guardians. I do on occasion work with teens who have made the decision to transition to another gender, or who may identify as non-binary or gender non-conforming. I do my best to ask about preferred gender pronouns, provide APA information on sexual orientation, and fiercely advocate with adults in their life who may negatively judge them for who they are. I have co-taught a Gender Studies course, trained diverse doctoral students, and read widely within and outside of psychology to understand the norms of our culture and others, as well as the wide range of human attraction and gender identity.
I have valued the sensitivity training I have participated in at APA Council and Board meetings, having served on the Council and the Board of Directors twice, first as a Member at Large and now as Recording Secretary. I am the only candidate who has served on the Executive Committee of the APA Board of Directors. This experience has prepared me to run for President of our association. I am joining Division 44 today to reflect my serious commitment to the issues of the division.
I have served as a Federal Advocacy Coordinator for APA and the Maine Psychological Association for over 15 years. I have advocated for issues related to inclusion and opposed discrimination (e.g., conversion therapy) for many years. As President of APA, I will walk the walk of advocacy and serve as a leader for all APA members, amplifying the voices of all people.
I would seek to partner with Division 44 to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in psychology during my presidential term. I would involve my many colleagues, friends, and family members in this community in these initiatives to assure a central role for the mission and vision of Division 44.
Thank you for considering my request for endorsement.
Diana L. Prescott, Ph.D.