Dr. Esther D. Rothblum

Professor, Women's Studies Department
San Diego, California
United States

Focus Areas

Mental Health / Psychology
Social Justice
Gender Issues


Esther is Professor of Women?s Studies at San Diego State University. Before that she was Professor of Psychology at the University of Vermont for 23 years. Esther was awarded a Kellogg Fellowship that focused on travel to Africa to study women''''s mental health. She has also received a National Science Foundation grant to travel to the Antarctic in order to focus on women''''s stress and coping. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Flinders University in South Australia and was invited to give lectures and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Australia, Israel, and Nigeria. Esther is also a Life Member of Clare Hall, a college of Cambridge University. Esther is a Fellow of seven divisions of the American Psychological Association: Division 1 (General Psychology), Division 2 (Teaching of Psychology), Division 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues); Division 12 (Clinical Psychology), Division 29 (Psychotherapy), Division 35 (Psychology of Women), and Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues). Regarding her research on lesbian issues, Esther is former chair of the Committee on Lesbian and Gay Concerns of the American Psychological Association and Past President of Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues) of APA. She received the 1991 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues. Esther has edited over 20 books, including Lesbian Friendships (New York University Press, 1996), Preventing Heterosexism and Homophobia (Sage Publications), Boston Marriages: Romantic But Asexual Relationships Among Contemporary Lesbians (University of Massachusetts Press, 1993), Lesbians in Academia (Routledge, 1997) and Loving Boldly: Issues Facing Lesbians (Haworth Press, 1989).