Speaker

Joshua Wolff, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology at Adler University

Joshua Wolff, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Adler University in Chicago, IL. I currently serve as the Chair of the Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues (Div. 44)/American Psychological Association (APA) Subcommittee on Accreditation, and co-chair of the Div. 44 Task Force on Religion. I have authored several research studies on campus climates for sexual and gender minority (SGM) students who attend non-affirming faith-based colleges which have disciplinary policies toward SGM expressions and identities. I have prioritized using my work (and that of others) to influence public policy for the welfare of SGM students in faith-based higher education, and have spoken to Congressional offices and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, on this topic. I have also written on this topic for Inside Higher Ed, Christian Higher Education, and the APA Psychology Benefits Society blog. Further, I was a contributor to the U.S. government’s (SAMHSA/HHS) report, “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth”, which discussed ways in which religious beliefs may impact health outcomes and treatment for SGM youth. My current research is directed at developing evidence-based public health strategies to reduce suicide rates and health risk behaviors for SGM people in non-affirming religious environments by building partnerships with clergy and faith leaders. Education: Ph.D. Biola University (Clinical Psychology), M.A. Biola University (Clinical Psychology), B.S. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Psychology)