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Theodorus Sandfort

Theo Sandfort, trained and worker in the Netherlands as a social psychologist. He was Chairman of the Interfaculty Department of Lesbian and Gay Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands and Director of the Research Program "Diversity, Lifestyles and Health" at the Netherlands Institute of Social Sexological Research. He is a former President of the Dutch Society of Sexology and the International Academy of Sex Research. His research interests center around sexual health, homosexuality and sexual development. He has extensive experience in working with CBO's in the field of sexuality. In terms of research methods he is skilled in both quantitative and qualitative approaches. He was involved in large as well as small-scale studies, aimed at surveying sexual behavior and attitudes, identifying determinants of health behavior, needs assessments, evaluating mass media and small-scale health interventions, and identifying the epidemiology of mental disorders. In his applied research he enjoys helping to identify basic research needs of professional organizations and promoting the application of research findings.
Education & Training:

    PhD, 1988, Utrecht University, Netherlands


University Affiliations:

  • HIV Center  

Additional Affiliations:

  • Past-President, International Academy of Sex Research
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member, International AIDS Society
  • Member, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
  • Member, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Selected Editorial Boards:
  • Archives of Sexual Behavior
  • AIDS Care
  • Culture, Health and Sexuality
Selected Publications:
  • Sandfort, Th. G. M., Graaf, R. de, Bijl, R. V. & Schnabel, P. Same-sex sexual behavior and psychiatric disorders: Findings from the Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study (NEMESIS). Archives of General Psychiatry 58 85-91 2001
  • Sandfort, T. G. M., & Ehrhardt, A. A. Sexual health: A useful public health paradigm or a moral imperative? Archives of Sexual Behavior 33 181-187 2004
  • Sandfort, Th. G. M. & Keizer, M. de Sexual problems in gay men: An overview of empirical research. Annual Review of Sex Research 12 93-120 2001
  • Stulhofer, A., & Sandfort Th.G.M. (Eds.) Sexuality and gender in post-comunist Eastern Europe and Russia. Haworth Press NY in press
  • Sandfort, Th. G. M., Schuyf, J., Duyvendak, J. W., & Weeks, J. (Eds.) Lesbian & Gay Studies: An Introductory, Interdisciplinary Approach Sage London, UK 2000
  • Sandfort, Th. G. M., & Rademakers, J. (Eds.) Childhood Sexuality: Normal Sexual Behavior and Development Haworth Press New York 2000
  • Sandfort, Th. G. M. (Ed.) The Dutch response to HIV: Pragmatism and consensus UCL Press London, UK 1998
  • Hubert, M. C., Bajos, N., & Sandfort, Th. G. M. (Eds.) Sexual behaviour and HIV/AIDS in Europe. UCL Press London, UK 1998
  • Schiltz, M. A. & Sandfort, Th. G. M. HIV-positive people, risk and sexual behaviour. Social Science and Medicine 50 1571-1588 2000
  • Dodge, B., Reece, M., Cole, S. L., & Sandfort, T. Sexual compulsivity among heterosexual college students Journal of Sex Research in press

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