Stephen T. Russell is a Professor of Human Development & Family Sciences and Director of SOGI: Health and Rights laboratory, University of Texas at Austin. He is a leading expert in LGBTQ youth research in schools and with families. Stephen conducts research on adolescent pregnancy and parenting, cultural influences on parent-adolescent relationships, and the health and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. He received a Wayne F. Placek Award from the American Psychological Foundation (2000), was a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar (2001-2006), a Distinguished Investigator of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2009-2011), a board member of the National Council on Family Relations (2005-2008), and was elected as a member of the International Academy of Sex Research in 2004. He is Past- President of the Society for Research on Adolescence, and currently chair of the Board of Directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).