Past President

Ruth Fassinger: 2019-2020

Ruth E. Fassinger is Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland (UMD), where she spent most of her career and served in many leadership roles, including chair of the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services in the College of Education and co-founder of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program. She was named a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at UMD and mentored many dozens of graduate and undergraduate students through her leadership, teaching, and research. Dr. Fassinger left UMD for California, where she served as dean of the College of Education at California State University, Stanislaus, and as (founding) dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at John F. Kennedy University. Currently, she maintains an independent practice in consulting and career/leadership coaching, and she has created a philanthropic business, SEW RUTH: Quilts for Causes, an effort that sends proceeds from her custom-made quilts to worthy causes.

Dr. Fassinger received her PhD in psychology from the Ohio State University, and she was a staff psychologist and adjunct faculty member at UC/Santa Barbara and Arizona State University prior to UMD, continuing her therapeutic work for more than 20 years in her independent practice specializing in gender, work/career, and LGBT issues. She has published widely in the psychology of women and gender, sexuality and sexual orientation, diversity and advocacy in mental health, and the psychology of work/career, including leadership. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) in three divisions and has served on the editorial boards of several major journals in psychology (including JCP and TCP). She is very active in professional leadership in psychology, including having served as Vice President for Science in Division 17/SCP, President of Division 44 (SPSLGBTI); member of the APA Board of Professional Affairs and the Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity; and founding faculty and executive committee member of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. Dr. Fassinger has received numerous awards for her scholarship, teaching and mentoring, and professional contributions, including the Outstanding Achievement Award (APA Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns); Early Career Scientist-Practitioner Award and Woman of the Year Award (Division 17); Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award (Division 44); Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Psychology Award (MPA); and the Laura Brown Award (twice), the Strickland-Daniel Mentoring Award, and the Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology Award (Division 35).