Nanette Gartrell, Williams Institute Visiting Distinguished Scholar

 Nanette Gartrell, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Williams Visiting Distinguished Scholar. Dr. Gartrell also has a Guest Appointment at the University of Amsterdam, and she was previously on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and UCSF. Dr. Gartrell graduated Stanford University (B.A.), University of California (M.D.), and completed a psychiatry residency and fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Gartrell is the principal investigator of the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), which since the 1980s has been following and reporting on a cohort of planned lesbian families with children conceived through donor insemination. It is the longest-running and largest prospective investigation of lesbian mothers and their children. For more than 30 years, this ongoing study has been providing information to specialists in healthcare, family services, adoption, foster care, sociology, feminist studies, education, ethics, same-sex marriage, and public policy on matters pertaining to sexual minority parent families. The NLLFS was named one of the top 100 science stories in 2010 by Discover Magazine.

Among other honors, Dr. Gartrell received an Association of Women Psychiatrists Presidential Commendation Award, a Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Issues of the American Psychological Association, and a Mathew O.Tobriner Public Service award from the Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Center.

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