Ritch Savin-Williams

Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Ph.D, (b. 1949) is a professor of developmental psychology at Cornell University who specializes in gay, lesbian, and bisexual research. He currently the chair of the Department of Human Development at Cornell.


Savin-Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Missouri in 1971. He later earned an MA in religious studies in 1973 and a Ph.D in human development in 1977 from the University of Chicago. Savin-Williams retrained in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts from 1989 to 1993 before completing his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan.

Research and Activities

Dr. Savin-Williams' research focuses on adolescent and young adult sexual identity development and sexual minority populations. In addition to his research, he operates a small private practice.

Savin-Williams has appeared on Good Morning America and served as a consultant for 20/20 and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition, Savin-Williams has served as an expert witness in court cases about gay adoption, same-sex marriage, sodomy laws, and the exclusion of gays in the Boy Scouts of America.


Savin-Williams has written and edited numerous books on adolescence and sexual orientation:

The American Psychological Association awarded Savin-Williams the Division 44 Distinguished Book Award for The New Gay Teenager in 2005.

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