Survey Authors

(In alphabetic order)

Lee Beckstead, PhD

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Lee is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Salt Lake City. He was part of the American Psychological Association’s task force from 2007-2009 to evaluate interventions to change sexual orientation and make therapeutic recommendations for those desiring such a change. He conducted two studies investigating LDS/Mormon individuals who tried to change their sexual orientation and what helped and harmed resolution of their conflicts. He is a member of the International Academy of Sex Research and The LGBTQ-Affirmative Psychotherapist Guild of Utah.

Tyler Lefevor, PhD

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Tyler is currently a therapist and postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Counseling and Psychological Services where he interfaces with the university’s sexual and gender minority population. In this role, Tyler provides support to members of the LGBTQIA/SSA community as well as education to heterosexual and cisgender communities. Tyler is also an active researcher and his research centers aims to understand the mental health implications of gender, sexuality, faith, and their various intersections. As a self-identified queer Mormon, he is passionate about creating space for voices of all orientations and life paths to peacefully coexist.

Ty Mansfield, PhD, LMFT

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Ty is a practicing marriage and family therapist and an adjunct instructor at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. He specializes in working with religious clients of LDS and other faith traditions who are struggling with conflicts between their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and their religious/spiritual beliefs and identity. He is a co-founder, past president, and current board member of the nonprofit North Star, a faith-based support organization for Latter-day Saints addressing sexual orientation or gender identity.

Marybeth Raynes, LMFT, LCSW

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Marybeth Raynes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She maintains a private practice with Crossroads Psychotherapy, a group of independent practitioners. She has worked with LGBT people and their families for over 30 years, most of whom are either LDS or have an LDS background. She also works with individuals, couples, and families with many types of mental health concerns.

Christopher Rosik, PhD

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Christopher H. Rosik is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Oregon who received an M.A. in theological studies and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is currently a psychologist and director of research at Link Care Center in Fresno, California, as well as a clinical faculty member of Fresno Pacific University. He has published more than 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and has served as President of both the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity and the Western Region of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.

Ron Schow, PhD

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Ron Schow is Professor Emeritus at Idaho State University (ISU) where he has taught since 1975. Although semi-retired he continues to work as an author of textbooks and in conducting research in the Division of Health Sciences. Ron graduated in Biology at Utah State University and then earned a Ph.D. in Audiology from Northwestern University in 1974. Before coming to ISU, he taught at Illinois State University (1972-75). Ron is the author of numerous books and journal articles including 18 peer reviewed articles listed on Pub Med. He was one of the editors of Peculiar People: Mormons and Same Sex Orientation (Signature Books, 1991). Ron currently is serving his fourth year as a board member of Affirmation, a support group for Mormons who identity as SSA or LGBT+ along with family and friends.