Dr. Brian de Vries is a Professor Emeritus. He received his doctorate in life-span developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia and was a post-doctoral fellow at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and the University of Southern California. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and past Board member of the American Society on Aging and co-Chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Network constituent group. Dr. de Vries served on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on the Health of Select Populations Committee authoring the recently released acclaimed book: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding. Dr. de Vries is former editor of Sexuality Research and Social Policy and a former associate editor of The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. He has served as guest editor of Omega: Journal of Death and Dying and as a guest co-editor of Generations and the Journal of Homosexuality. In addition, he has edited five books, including Kinship Bereavement in Later Life, End of Life Issues, Narrative Gerontology, Gay and Lesbian Aging and Community-Based Research in LGBT Aging; he has authored or co-authored over 90 journal articles, book chapters and professional publications; he has given over 100 presentations to professional audiences on the social and psychological well-being of midlife and older LGBT persons, bereavement, and life stories. With colleagues, he was awarded a multi-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study minority stress among same-sex couples.