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John Money Lecture in Pediatric Sexology

As a pediatric psychoendocrinologist and researcher, John Money, PhD, was a giant in the field of sexology. He was a professor of pediatrics and medical psychology at Johns Hopkins University from 1951 until his death in 2006 at the age of 85. Money developed a comprehensive theory of sexuality which is unrivaled. He posited the notion of the strong influence of nature—but recognized that there were critical periods in which the environment could play a positive or negative influence—and even influence a person’s gender identity.

Money developed several theories and related terminology during his career, including “gender,” “gender identity,” and “gender role,” as well as the concept of lovemap and lovemap pathologies. He founded the first sex reassignment program in the United States which was quickly followed by the program at the University of Minnesota and then at other universities. Money was a pioneer in the treatment of intersex conditions in the late 1950s and 60s and established the first standards of care for children born with intersex conditions.

Money’s family established the John W. Money Endowed Fund at the Program in Human Sexuality which provides funding for:


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