Dr. Theo Sandfort Ph.D.|
(? - living) Holland - U.S.A.
Theo Sandfort has done pioneering research on gay depression, and has experienced depression himself, spending seven months in a psychiatric hospital when he was 20, after a very difficult coming-out to his parents.
He was Chairman of the Interfaculty Department of Lesbian and Gay Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and Director of the Research Program "Diversity, Lifestyles and Health" at the Netherlands Institute of Social Sexological Research. He is a former President of the Dutch Society of Sexology, and currently is the President of the International Academy of Sex Research. He serves on the board of various academic journals on sexuality.
Dr. Sandfort has engaged in numerous basic and applied empirical investigations in the field of sexuality and health. In terms of research methods he is skilled in both quantitative and qualitative approaches. He was involved in large as well as small-scale studies, aimed at surveying sexual behavior and attitudes, identifying determinants of health behavior, needs assessments, evaluating mass media and small-scale health interventions, and identifying the epidemiology of mental disorders.
In his applied research he enjoys helping to identify basic research needs of professional organizations and promoting the application of research findings. His current research interests center around sexual health, sexual development, and homosexuality. In promoting the understanding of various health issues, his major aim is to contribute to health and well being, especially in relation to sexuality and sexual orientation.
Dr. Sandfort joined the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, in 2001.
He is at present an Associate Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences (in Psychiatry) at Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health,Columbia University, since 2001. He received his master's degree in Social Psychology from the Catholic University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and his Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Utrecht University, the Netherlands.