from NARTH Convention

2008 NARTH Convention & Training Institute
SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES



Michael Novak

Michael Novak, 2008 NARTH Charles Socarides Lecturer

Mr. Novak earned an M.A. in History and Philosophy of Religion from Harvard University, a Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus (a degree in theology) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English (Summa Cum Laude) from Stonehill College.

He taught at Stanford University from 1965 to 1968 and during this period wrote A Time to Build (1967), discussing problems of belief and unbelief, ecumenism, sexuality, and war. Novak left Stanford for a post as Dean of a new "experimental" school at the newly-founded State University of New York at Old Westbury, Long Island and launched the Humanities program at the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1976, he accepted a tenured position at Syracuse University as University Professor and Ledden-Watson Distinguished Professor of Religion.

In 1978, Novak joined the American Enterprise Institute for Social Policy Research as a Resident Scholar, a position he still holds at the present time. Novak served as U.S. Chief Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1981 and as the Ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Mr. Novak has written 26 influential books on the philosophy and theology of culture, especially the essential elements of a free society. His latest book, No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers will be available this August. For his work and influence, he has received many international awards.



Neil Whitehead, Ph.D.

Neil Whitehead, Ph.D., 2008 NARTH Keynote Speaker

Educated in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, Dr Whitehead gained degrees in Biochemistry from Victoria University of Wellington, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Massey University. He worked in research for the New Zealand Government for about 25 years including 4 years seconded to the United Nations in Monaco. This was mainly in the hard sciences, but included survey evaluations. He has now been a consultant for 7 years, particularly to the NZ Government Ministry of Research Science and Technology, and the Department of Radiation Biology and Medicine, at Hiroshima University, Japan, where he was recently a Visiting Professor. He has more than 110 published papers, edited several publications, and with his wife published My Genes Made Me Do It! (1999) which surveyed the scientific arguments claimed to support an overwhelmingly biological origin for SSA. He was a NARTH fellow in 2002, and contributes to the Bulletin.



Bobby Morgan,
LCSW, LCDC

Bobby Morgan, LCSW, LCDC

Bobby Morgan has been a practicing Clinical Social Worker for 37 years in the fields of chemical dependency and mental health. He received his Bachelors Degree from St. Joseph Seminary, followed by his Master of Social Work from Tulane University in 1970. He is licensed by the state of Texas in the practice of both Clinical Social Work and Chemical Dependency Counseling. He has been Program Director for a partial-day hospital program for mentally ill patients for the past 12 years at a community mental health center in Houston. Having worked over the last five years in his own recovery from same-sex attraction and having been in a professional mentoring program with Dr. Joseph Nicolosi for a year and a half now, he has begun a private practice using Reparative Therapy to serve other men with unwanted same-sex attraction. He holds his experiences from the Journey into Manhood weekends, as the fulcrum which galvanized and accelerated his work, to a place of joy and integrity with his true masculine self.



David Pickup,
M.A., IMF

David Pickup, M.A., IMF

David H. Pickup holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. He is currently registered with the California Board of Psychology as a Psych Assistant and with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. David is interning under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi at Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in Encino, California. His work is centered on young boys who are struggling with Gender Identification Disorder and with adolescents and adult men who are dealing with same-sex attraction. David is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is also a Life Coach for men working out of same-sex attraction. He operates The WorkOUT program and website, www.workoutman.org which includes individual and group coaching for men in Los Angeles and in several different countries. David speaks on Reparative Therapy and its practical applications for churches and men's groups in the southern California area. He is also a senior staff member of The Mankind Project's intensive weekend trainings for men in the Los Angeles area.



David Pruden,
M.S., CFLE

David Pruden, M.S., CFLE

Mr. Pruden's Masters Degree is in Family and Human Development from Utah State University. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Evergreen International, as well as, the Vice President of Operations for NARTH. David speaks and writes extensively on the subjects of human sexuality and adolescent development.




A. Dean Byrd,
Ph.D., MBA, MPH

A. Dean Byrd, Ph.D., MBA, MPH

Dr. Byrd is the President/CEO of Thrasher Research Fund, Faculty - University of Utah School of Medicine with appointments in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Studies, also at the University of Utah. Dr. Byrd was Professor of the Year in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in both 2005 and 2007. Currently, he serves as President-Elect and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for NARTH.




Doug Abbott, Ph.D.

Doug Abbott, Ph.D.

Dr. Abbott received his Doctorate in Child Development and Family Studies at the University of Georgia in 1983. Since that time he has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. His areas of interests include adolescent sexual abstinence, adolescent sexual identity formation, and cross-cultural marriage and mate selection. He has recently finished a book on "Understanding Homosexuality & Encouraging Heterosexuality."




James Mason, M.D.

James Mason, M.D.

James Ostermann Mason was the United States Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) from 1989 to 1993 and the Acting Surgeon General of the United States from 1989 to 1990. As the ASH, he was also a former four-star Admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Dr. Mason was a Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

He earned B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Utah and a Masters and Ph.D. of Public Health degree from Harvard University. He was the first managing director of the LDS Church's Unified Welfare Services, directing the church's hospital system. He served as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Health until 1983, when he was named Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia; Mason held the directorship of the CDC until 1990.

In 1989, the U.S. Senate confirmed Mason as Assistant Secretary for Health, which made him head of the United States Public Health Service, and Acting Surgeon General. He later he served as the American delegate to the World Health Organization. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of Evergreen International, a Utah-based non-profit organization that seeks to assist Latter-day Saints and other Christians who wish to diminish same-sex attraction and homosexual behavior.



Janelle Hallman,
M.A., LPC

Janelle Hallman, M.A., LPC

Janelle Hallman is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing with women in conflict with same- sex attractions and emotional dependencies. She regularly supervises and consults other therapists seeking to understand the clinical issues surrounding the lesbian condition and has also taught extensively on the issue of homosexuality, gender issues and Biblical sexuality at national and international conferences, seminars and churches. Janelle is an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary and a former adjunct professor at Colorado Christian University. She is also the founder and Director of Desert Hope Ministries, a non-profit organization providing dynamic conferences on God's design for sexuality and gender.



Jerry Harris, Ph.D.

Jerry Harris, Ph.D.

Dr. Jerry Harris is employed with LDS Family Services and maintains a private practice in Sacramento, CA where he also teaches part-time for Alliant International University and California State University. Dr. Harris has spent over twenty years working with SSA clients. He is presently serving on the state licensing board for Marriage and Family Therapy in California and has presented at community and professional gatherings on SSA, sexual addictions, and other mental health topics. He is a member of both the American Psychological Association and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, where he is an Approved Supervisor. He earned his Bachelors' and Masters' degrees from Brigham Young University and his Doctorate from University of Pacific in Stockton, CA. He has been an active member of NARTH, serving three years as the organization's Vice-President.



Joseph Nicolosi,
Ph.D.

Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D.

As co-founder and Past-President of NARTH, Dr. Nicolosi continues his professional commitment to developing effective therapeutic interventions. As the founder and director of the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in Encino, California, he has treated hundreds of men struggling with SSA. He is the author of Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality (1991); Healing Homosexuality (1993) and A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality (2002) and will have a book to be published next year on therapeutic approaches for treating unwanted SSA.




Julie Hamilton, Ph.D.

Julie Hamilton, Ph.D.

Dr. Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Graduate Counseling Psychology Program of Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Palm Beach, Florida. She has presented clinical workshops both locally and nationally on integrating therapy and spirituality, how faith helps during times of crisis, and other related topics. Dr. Hamilton also conducts seminars for pastors and Christian leaders on the origins of homosexuality and how to minister to homosexuals. She has produced a video entitled, "Homosexuality 101: Where Does It Come From, Is Change Possible, and How Should Christians Respond?" She currently serves on the Board of NARTH as the 2008 President-Elect. Julie is also a member of the Board of Worthy Creations (a ministry of Exodus International), serves on the Admissions Team of Place of Hope Children's Home; and is the Past President of the Palm Beach Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.



Marc Dillworth, Ph.D.

Marc Dillworth, Ph.D.

Marc S. Dillworth has attended and has advanced degrees in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from Cornerstone University, The Fielding Institute, Ball State University and Anderson University. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida and has been practicing for 29 years. He specializes in the treatment of unwanted homosexuality and gender identity disorders in children. From his office in Bradenton, Florida, he has worked with clients all over the world. In addition he offers telephone and internet computer webcam therapy. He has written papers on the topic of GID, has spoken on the topic at NARTH, Exodus and other venues. He is a member of the Governing Board of NARTH, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.



Mary Beth Patton,
M.A., LPC

Mary Beth Patton, M.A., LPC

Mary Beth Patton lives in Portland, Oregon and works full time in private practice. She graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. Her studies as an undergraduate included psychology and women's studies. Her areas of interest and specialty include women and same- sex attraction and working with couples who struggle with sexual intimacy, sexual addiction and same sex attraction. She is on the Board of NARTH.



Mike Rosebush, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Rosebush is currently President of "Coaching Confidant" - a counseling ministry for Christian men who struggle with unwanted same-gender attractions (sga) and/or sexual addiction. He is also currently Exodus Director of Professional Counselors' Network, as well as a Leadership Development Coach for Focus on the Family. Dr. Rosebush received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Carolina, practiced counseling since 1977, has been a Nationally Certified Counselor since 1984 and a Licensed Professional Counselor (Colorado) since 1990. Dr. Rosebush was a Vice President at Focus on the Family (directing their college program, Focus on the Family Institute), and is a pioneer in the work of phone-therapy - which is exclusively how he conducts his counseling. Having successfully dealt with his own sga, Dr. Rosebush has dedicated his counseling practice to those Christian men who volitionally seek his assistance.



Norman Goldwasser,
Ph.D.

Norman Goldwasser, Ph.D.

Dr. Norman Goldwasser is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Miami Beach, Florida, who is Clinical Director of Horizon Psychological Services, an interdisciplinary practice that works collaboratively as a team in assisting individuals to meet their clinical goals. Dr. Goldwasser earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Medical College of Virginia and is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Florida. He is nationally known as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) consultant and a pioneer in the development of the trauma-based model of reparative therapy which bridges the use of EMDR in healing the developmental traumas that often contribute to the development of SSA. He also uses EMDR in helping clients to potentiate heterosexual potential by building positive, new association with sexuality in general, and with heterosexual contact in particular.



Sander Breiner, M.D.

Sander Breiner, M.D.

Dr. Sander Breiner is a Psychoanalyst and Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University and Wayne State University. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, as well as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of NARTH. Dr. Breiner is a Fellow Am for the Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians, Chairman of the Standards Committee for the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, and a member of many other national and international scientific societies. He has published over 100 scientific articles and books, and has lectured widely nationally and internationally.



Scott Sutherland,
M.A., LPC

Scott Sutherland, M.A., LPC

Scott Sutherland is the Clinical Director of Agape Psychological Clinic and subsidiary Center for Men & Boys. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He has a broad foundation in the mental health profession having worked in a university counseling center, residential treatment facility for severely emotionally disturbed boys, psychiatric hospital, private practice, and a community health center as a therapist and clinical supervisor. Additionally, Scott has worked with men suffering from unwanted homosexual feelings and with families of boys suffering from Gender Identity Disorder, since 2001. Five of those years were under the direct supervision and training of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, the co-founder and Past-President of NARTH. He has been published in the Focus on the Family Magazine and NARTH Bulletin, has been a guest lecturer at Fuller Theological Seminary and St. Mary's College, and is a past staff member for the Journey into Manhood experiential weekends sponsored by People Can Change.



Tim Long

Tim Long

Tim Long finished a bachelor's degree in trombone performance at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music before he realized the reason he loved playing in the orchestra - working with people. He then completed both his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Two years ago, Tim joined Joe Nicolosi at Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in Encino, California. There, he counsels men from Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as the U.S., who all struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction. He also treats individuals and couples with a variety of needs at Hosanna Counseling Ministries in Santa Monica, California. Tim's two greatest professional passions are integrating faith with psychotherapeutic technique and equipping clergy to minister to their emotionally hurting parishioners.



Bishop John-David
Schofield

Bishop John-David Schofield

Bishop Schofield received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and his theological degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. When serious questions arose within the Episcopal Church regarding the authority of Scripture and permission to bless same-sex unions, as well as to authorize the Consecration of a bishop who was living outside of marriage in a same-sex relationship, Bishop Schofield helped to form a Network of Dioceses that let to realigning Episcopal Dioceses with a Province in South America called The Southern Cone. At the present time, three other American dioceses, along with two bishops of the Canadian Church are working towards establishing an orthodox Province of North America with many other Anglican bodies that have separated themselves from the Episcopal Church beginning in 1867. Bishop John-David, an Anglo-Catholic Charismatic, has been known not only as a speaker, spiritual director, and retreat conductor, but as an outspoken defender of traditional morality, proponent of conservative theology, and Biblical expositor.



Philip Sutton, Ph.D.

Philip Sutton, Ph.D.

Dr. Sutton earned an M.S. (1980) in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. (1983) in the Marriage and Family Therapy Programs at Purdue University (Indiana). He is a Licensed Psychologist in Michigan and Ohio and practices at two outpatient counseling centers, two elementary schools, and a Catholic marriage tribunal. He also leads a Courage group in South Bend, Indiana. He continues to write and speak on topics related to fatherhood, marriage and family health, and the integration of psychology, spirituality and religion.



Arthur Goldberg, J.D.

Arthur Goldberg, J.D.

Arthur Goldberg serves as co-director of JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Homosexuality), Director of the JONAH Institute for Gender Affirming Processes, and as a senior facilitator for a number of experiential weekends either for strugglers or their families, including Journey into Manhood sponsored by People Can Change. Red Heifer Press in Los Angeles published his recent text on homosexuality, psychology, and biblical principles entitled Light in the Closet! Torah, Homosexuality and the Power to Change. He serves as Executive Secretary of NARTH and was chosen for inclusion in Marquis' Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.



George Rekers, Ph.D.,
ABPP, FAACP

George Rekers, Ph.D., ABPP, FAACP

Dr. George Rekers is Distinguished Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science Emeritus at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA and was previously a Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. His work has been supported by more than one million dollars from private and governmental agencies, including NSF and NIMH. Dr. Rekers has delivered over 200 invited lectures in dozens of countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He has well over one hundred publications and ten books, including editing the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexual Problems (Simon & Schuster). Dr. Rekers has served as an invited expert for committees of the US Congress, and for the White House staff, and for several presidential cabinet agencies. He is an ABPP Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, and a recipient of the Sigmund Freud Award from NARTH. Dr. Rekers published the first empirical treatment studies demonstrating that childhood cross-gender identity could be reversed, thereby offering prevention of some forms of adulthood homosexual and transsexual development. Professor Rekers was an expert for the legal defense of the Florida law prohibiting child adoption by homosexuals, which was upheld by the US Supreme Court in 2005.



Briar Whitehead

Briar Whitehead

Briar Whitehead is the author of two books on the subject of homosexuality: My Genes Made Me Do It! (co-written with husband, Dr. Neil Whitehead) and Craving for Love (Homosexuality, Relationship Addiction and the God Who Heals). Both she and her husband were co-recipients of the NARTH Award in 2002. Briar is firmly of the view that homosexuality has the same sorts of origins as many deep-seated and addictive heterosexual behaviors and that recovery is more or less inevitable if the insecurities that created them are resolved. She is also a computer graphic designer and a small-time radio presenter.