The APS Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders and Sexualities  Interest Group is calling for nominations from graduates of fourth year, Masters by coursework, and/or their supervisors, for the Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders and  Sexualities Award. The value of the Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders and  Sexualities Award is $250 and the winner will be announced at the annual conference of the APS and in InPsych.

The award is intended to promote and encourage excellence in research into psychological issues of same-sex attraction and to acknowledge and reward psychology graduates for their contribution to research into such issues.


  1. The Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders and  Sexualities Award is the responsibility of the Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders and  Sexualities Interest Group.
  2. The National Committee of the Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders and  Sexualities Interest Group will appoint a selection committee of at least two people of an appropriate gender mix from their number, to be responsible for recommending an appropriate Award recipient to the Board.
  3. The selection committee may also recommend that one or more Certificates of Commendation also be awarded.
  4. The Award may be presented at the Society’s Annual Conference, and will also be announced in InPsych.


  1. Nominees need not be Members of the Society.
  2. Students, who in the period since the previous award was made, have completed a research report or thesis in the area of same-sex attraction issues submitted as part of the requirements of either:
    1. an accredited fourth year psychology program; or
    2. an accredited Masters by coursework psychology program;

Nomination process

  1. A call for nominations for Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders and  Sexualities Award be made annually in the February or earlier InPsych.
  2. Nominations are made by submitting two (2) copies of the research report or thesis to the Chair of the selection committee by the date set in the call for nominations.
  3. Nominations do not need to be supported by a proposer, seconder or referee.
  4. Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by their supervisor or a Member of the Society.

Selection criteria

In judging the nominations for the Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders and  Sexualities Award the selection committee will have regard to the scientific merit of the report or thesis, its contribution to the field of psychology and its relevance to same-sex attracted people, including consideration of:

  1. contribution to the development of theory (eg, gender or sexual identity);
  2. the degree of innovation in research design and methodology;
  3. the relevance of the findings to same-sex attracted people;
  4. how the findings promote an understanding of the life experience of same-sex attracted people;
  5. contribution to professional practice with same-sex attracted people; and
  6. any implications for enriching the lives of same-sex attracted people.

Value of the award

Successful candidates for the Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders and Sexualities Award will:

  1. receive an award of $250
  2. be presented with an appropriate certificate
  3. Receive complimentary membership of the APS and the Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders and  Sexualities Interest Group for the twelve (12) month APS subscription period after receiving notice of their Award.
  4. One or more Certificates of Commendation may also be awarded to unsuccessful nominees

Closing date

Nominations close on 31 October

Nominations are to be made by submitting two (2) copies of the thesis to the coordinator of the selection committee (details below). Students should submit both their literature review and their research paper, if their thesis is comprised of two separate components.

Member Group Administrator

Tel: 03 8662 3300


Previous winners






Carey Little

It kind of sort of crept up Australian lesbians talk intimate partner violence

Carly Copolov

Support for Gay men: an Australian study

Sarah Hunter
Hegemonic masculinities and heteronormativities in contemporary books on fathering and raising boys

2012 Heidi Jansen
Mental Health in Lesbian/Bisexual Women
2011 Natalie Mathews
I don’t believe in discrimination but… this is just too far: Political management of the Australian same sex marriage debate.
2010 Naomi Overton
The role of the Internet in the formation of a sexual identity for Australian same-sex attracted youth
2009  Not awarded 
2008  Not awarded  
2007  Greg Fell
Working with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients: A workshop 

Louise Du Chesne, Charles Sturt University
The Subjective Experience of the Lesbian (M)other: An Exploration of the Construction of Lesbian Maternal Identity  

2005  Carolyn Ellis, University of South Australia 


Sharon Dane, University of Queensland
Taking a closer look: the role of perceived heterosexual acceptance and perceived support from sexual minority friends and predicting same-sex attracted youths' wellbeing


Bernadette Spencer, Macquarie University
The role of differentiation of self and internalised homophobia in couple formation and dyadic adjustment in lesbians


Mr Aydin Karacanta, Macquarie University