Giving back to psychology
Dr. Armand R. Cerbone, who has left a bequest to the American Psychological Foundation, talks
about why giving back is so important to him.
Why did you decide to make a
bequest through APF?
My reasons are multiple. Primary among
them is the recognition that psychological
research on lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender sexuality is a major factor in
making possible the life and career I have.
Much of that research was done with APF
grants. I have been further impressed with
APF’s commitment to quality research with
What has psychology meant to you?
In a word, everything. I am passionate
about our science and our investment in
people’s lives. How could I not be when
there isn’t an aspect of human nature and
experience that psychology doesn’t study or
Why do you feel that giving
back is important?
I have benefitted from the courage of LGBT
men and women, many of whom were
psychologists, who risked life, limb and
career to make my life possible. I owe it to
the next generation of LGBT women and
men that they never face the conditions
I faced as a young person. I believe, too,
that psychology has and will continue to
use the evidence of its research to advocate
for and protect those men and women.
Supporting APF will ensure we do the
For more information on how you can donate
to APF, visit www.apa.org/apf, or contact
Rachael Lipsetts, at firstname.lastname@example.org.