Esther Rothblum appointed as Visiting Distinguished Scholar

Esther Rothblum is an SDSU Women's Studies researcherEsther Rothblum has been appointed a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute. Rothblum is currently a Professor of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. Her research and writing have focused on mental health issues in which women predomin­ate, including depression, weight and stigma, procrastination and fear of failure, and lesbian issues

Rothblum is the editor of the Journal of Lesbian Studies and past editor of the journal Women & Therapy. Prior to joining the faculty at San Diego State University, 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 is also a Life Member of Clare Hall, a college of Cambridge University.

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.  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).

She 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).

Rothblum received her B.A. from Smith College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University.  She completed her post‑doctor­al fellowship at the Yale University Depression Research Unit.