I am Professor of Psychology at Grove City College and Fellow for Psychology and Public Policy at the Center for Vision and Values which is a part of Grove City College.
My most recent project is Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, which is a book with GCC colleague Michael Coulter. In the book, we fact-check claims often made by conservative Christians about Thomas Jefferson. The book was triggered by the publication of David Barton’sThe Jefferson Lies which brings most of those claims together. Reviews and more information can be found at GettingJeffersonRight.com.
In 2009, the Wall Street Journal published an article by Stephanie Simon about my work on sexual identity and religion. Another accurate description of my views can be found in an article by Mimi Swartz in the New York Times Magazine (June 16, 2011, see page 5 to the end). These articles describe the sexual identity therapy framework which I co-authored with Mark Yarhouse. The website supporting that framework is here.
With Cru Regional Director Michael Frey, I co-founded a bullying prevention initiative called the Golden Rule Pledge. We promote the application of the Golden Rule by evangelical youth as a means of preventing school bullying. The GRP is listed on the federal government’s anti-bullying website and a partner with the Pacer Center for National Bullying Prevention Month in October of each year.
I have taken a strong position against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009. I co-founded a Facebook group (with Andrew Marin and now archived) which brought together over 16,000 members to speak out in opposition to the bill. About my opposition to the Ugandan bill, author Jeff Sharlet said, “Throckmorton, a former leader in the “cure the gays” movement, has fought the bill harder and more effectively than any other American.” One of the pastors behind Uganda’s anti-gay bill, Martin Ssempa, said I am the “chief of falsified news.” Proponent of criminalizing gays in Uganda and elsewhere, Scott Lively said about me, “You truly are a snake.”
My academic work has been published by journals of the American Psychological Association, the American Mental Health Counseling Association and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.
I am on the Clinical Advisory Board of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Other things I have done:
Past-president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and past-chair of the Ethics Committee.
For six years, I served on the National Provider Advisory Board of Magellan Behavioral Healthcare, the largest behavioral healthcare company in the world.
In 2004, I wrote and produced a documentary, I Do Exist about sexual identity formation which was shown around the world. The documentary is no longer on the market because I have changed my views significantly since it was made. See the I Do Exist FAQs for more information. I wrote and performed about half of the music used on the DVD; you can check out my 2001 Christian music CD on iTunes.
My children’s ebook series, The Messenger, is available on Amazon.com.
The O’Reilly Factor, FOX News Live, CNN and numerous other TV and radio talk shows. My columns and articles have been published by CNN Belief Blog, Salon, National Review Online, the National Catholic Register, Scripps-Howard News Service, Indian Country Times and over 200 newspapers nationwide.
I should note that the views expressed on this page are my own and should not be automatically taken as the views or official positions of the Grove City College. GCC believes in and practices academic freedom. It is, after all,Freedom’s College.
From a former life.