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Doug VanderLaan*

Doug VanderLaanEmaildoug.vanderlaan(at)utoronto.ca
Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (CPIN) member

Research interestsgender dysphoria, sexual orientation, neuroimaging, gender development, sex hormones

Dr. VanderLaan’s research examines gender expression across the lifespan and sexual orientation development. Much of this work focuses on questions surrounding same-sex sexual orientation, gender-nonconforming behaviour, and transgender identity to enhance our understanding of human diversity. 

Identifying factors associated with psychological well-being among individuals who are members of sexual orientation and gender minority groups is also a major focus, particularly as well-being relates to social experiences with family members and peers. Dr. VanderLaan’s research emphasizes biological, psychological, and socio-cultural processes and integrates developmental, cross-cultural, and evolutionary perspectives. In addition, his research program integrates a variety of methodological approaches, including lab-based experiments and behavioural observation, cross-cultural field research, clinical research, neuroimaging, survey and questionnaire studies, and archival studies.  

In addition to being a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Dr. VanderLaan is also a Collaborator Scientist in the Underserved Populations Research Program, Child, Youth and Family Division at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto. Prior to these appointments, he completed his graduate training at the University of Lethbridge and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Gender Identity Service of the Child, Youth and Family Division at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is currently an Editorial Board member of Archives of Sexual Behavior, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, and Evolutionary Psychological Science. He is also a section editor for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology - SGS Appointment
University of Toronto Mississauga

Collaborator Scientist
Child and Youth Psychiatry

U of T Profile: Department of Psychiatry