Heath Schechinger & Amy Moors of Division 44 Committee on CNM
Dr. Heath Schechinger is a licensed psychologist based in California, where he maintains a private practice in addition to his position as a Counseling Psychologist at UC Berkeley. Heath is also the Founding Co-Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy, Co-Founder of the Polyamory Legal Advocacy Coalition, and Advisor to the Kinsey Institute’s Haslam Collection on Polyamory.
Dr. Amy C. Moors is a psychologist who researches and teaches about LGBTQ+ issues, consensual non-monogamy, gender, and inclusion in higher education. Amy is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Faculty Affiliate in Engineering at Chapman University. She is also a Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and Co-Chairs the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy. Amy’s goal is to use science to address social issues, such as discrimination, with the hope of moving up and onward (the name of her lab).
I am absolutely honored to share my latest podcast interview that I released recently with Heath Schechinger and Amy Moors. I originally had the good fortune to meet Heath at Southwest Love Fest back in March of 2019 and was immediately impressed with him and his work on the APA (American Psychological Association) Consensual Non-Monogamy Task Force. I remember feeling so grateful (and a little nervous, if I’m honest) that he came to my own Jealousy Survival Guide workshop at the conference. As I looked in the audience, I thought, “Oh my goodness, he’s here! In the audience! At my workshop! I better get my A-Game going. (and how COOL is this?),” — as I fanboyed him. Then it was absolutely fantastic to get to meet him in person when I attended his workshop and spoke to him after the presentation. I was later honored to meet Amy on multiple Zoom meetings as I got involved with the CNM Task Force, where I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be a volunteer alongside other heart-centered, highly intelligent, and thoughtful individuals. Heath and Amy sure know how to put together a powerful team of superheroes! It was a pleasure to catch up with them recently and hear about their ongoing research, as well as celebrate the fact that the task force is now a permanent committee with the American Psychological Association.
In This Episode
Some topics we discuss in this fun, informative, and entertaining interview:
- Their respective backgrounds and how that shaped their interest and desire to pursue their current careers and research interests
- Common myths around consensual non-monogamy
- Current data that dispel a lot of these myths
- Findings related to some of their current research studies
- Concerns regarding therapists’ knowledge and training with regard to consensual non-monogamy
- Resources available through the APA Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy
- The importance and impact of the task force’s promotion to committee status
Tune in to listen to this fantastic podcast episode!
Thank you, Amy and Heath, for being so awesomely generous with your time and for sharing your research and related work with us.