Social scientist receives award for book on lesbian, gay and bisexual psychology

A social scientist from Sheffield Hallam University has received a major award for her co-authored book on lesbian, gay and bisexual psychology.

Dr Sonja Ellis, principal lecturer in psychology at the University, is an expert in this field. She worked with colleagues to bring together the large body of theory and research within psychology on lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, to produce a book suitable for introducing undergraduate students to the field.

The book, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An Introduction by Victoria Clarke, Sonja Ellis, Elizabeth Peel and Damien Riggs, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.

The British Psychological Society named it the best textbook of 2013 and the authors have now been invited to give a lecture at next year’s British Psychological Society Annual Conference.

Sonja said: "I'm very pleased the British Psychological Society values this work. It is the first textbook to comprehensively cover theory and research in this field, and a valuable resource for students, lecturers and practitioners who are engaging with lesbian, gay and bisexual issues in their studies, teaching or professional practice."

The Society’s book award recognises excellent published work in psychology and is made jointly by its Research Board, Psychology Education Board and Professional Practice Board.

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