Charlotte Patterson

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Charlotte Jessie Patterson
EducationB.A. Pomona College (1971), M.A. and Ph.D. Stanford University (1972, 1975)
Known forLGBT parenting research
AwardsAward for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy from the American Psychological Association (2009)[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Virginia
ThesisThe role of self-instructional plans in children's resistance to temptation (1975)

Charlotte J. Patterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia.[2] Patterson is also a member of the United States Census Bureau's National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations, established in 2012, as well as a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and American Psychological Association (APA).[3] She is known for her research into the psychological effects of LGBT parenting, for which she was awarded the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy in 2009 by the APA.[1][4]

Research and views[edit]

Patterson has been described as "the world’s expert on psychological research on children and youths raised by lesbian and gay parents."[1] In addition to publishing numerous scientific studies on this topic,[5][6] she testified before the Institute of Medicine on the topic of lesbian-related research in 1997.[7] Her research has found that children raised by same-sex parents develop at least as well as children raised by heterosexual parents.[8][9] She also authored a report, released by the APA in 2004, which stated that "Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents."[10]


  1. ^ a b c No authorship indicated. "Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy: Charlotte J. Patterson". American Psychologist. 64 (8): 725–736. doi:10.1037/a0017161. PMID 19899877.
  2. ^ "Charlotte J. Patterson, Ph.D." University of Virginia Website. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Census Bureau Names Charlotte Patterson to National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations". US Census Bureau. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  4. ^ Rathus, Spencer (2004). Psychology: Concepts and Connections. Cengage Learning. p. 472.
  5. ^ Mundy, Liza (22 May 2013). "The Gay Guide to Wedded Bliss". The Atlantic. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Same-Sex Couples Match Heterosexual Couples In Performance As Adoptive Parents, UVA/GWU Study Finds". Huffington Post. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Testimony of Charlotte Patterson, PhD Department of Psychology University of Virginia". American Psychological Association. 1997. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  8. ^ Associated Press (20 November 1992). "Lesbians' children found "normal"". The Free Lance–Star. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  9. ^ Goleman, Daniel (27 December 1992). "Family Ties". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  10. ^ Brown, David F. (13 July 2004). "Gay parenting at heart of marriage debate". UPI. Retrieved 27 October 2014.