CLGBTC 2013 Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns (CLGBTC) presented its 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award to Maria Cecilia Zea, PhD, during the APA annual convention in Honolulu.

Cecilia Zea, PhD

In recognition of her research and scholarship, her mentorship, and her service. Through more than 50 peer reviewed publications and numerous research grants, Zea shifted the paradigm from pathology to resilience for the psychology of gay and bisexual Latino men, both in the United States and in Latin America, generating research that is rich in context and at the same time generalizable. She has ushered in the next generation of researchers on the intersectionality between sexual orientation and culture by mentoring more than 20 doctoral students and recipients of more than 10 research development awards. She has promoted equity and well-being for LGBT people through her service on the Committee on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns, as the guest editor for a special issue of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology and associate editor for several other journals, on numerous NIH study sections and as the APA representative to the International Network for LGBT Concerns in Psychology.  In all these endeavors, Zea has been a compassionate advocate for the voices of LGBT and ethnic minority people in all aspects of psychology.

Co-chairs: Angela D. Ferguson, PhD, and Parrish L. Paul, PhD