Stephen M. White, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist PSY 20739

16496 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite 307
San Diego CA 92128

Stephen M. White is a licensed clinical psychologist and award-winning researcher who has studied sexual orientation for the past ten years, including extensive work with parents of gay children. He is currently in practice in San Diego.

While obtaining his doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego he conducted a series of in-depth interviews with parents and developed a psychoeducational presentation to help parents adjust when they learn they have a gay child. His doctoral dissertation, Making the Rainbow Connection, identifies which experiences and perspectives help parents overcome distress about their situation.

Dr, White has previously published articles on gay issues and parental adjustment in the Journal of Homosexuality and San Diego Psychologist, and his articles have been accepted for publication in over 60 PFLAG newsletters. Prior to these publications a presentation of White's groundbreaking research, "Heteronegativism? The Attitudes of Gay Men and Lesbians Toward Heterosexuals," received the Psi Chi Regional Research Award at the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association in 1996.

Prior to his graduate studies White graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Irvine, where he completed a Bacheolor's degree in Social Ecology, a multi-disciplinary program which incorporates elements of psychology, environmental analysis and criminal justice.

Today Dr, White is a staff psychologist at Scripps Mercy, the largest hospital in San Diego. He holds a membership in the San Diego Psychological Association, and is on the board of directors of the San Diego chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). He is the author of The Rainbow Connection, a book to help parents of gay children adjust, and is in the process of completing an article on how therapists can work more effectively with parents of gay children.

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