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John Bancroft, Kinsey Institute Director

May 1, 1995- May 31, 2004

[Photo of John Bancroft] John Bancroft, M.D., former Director of The Kinsey Institute, has been involved in various aspects of sex research for the past thirty years. He is a world authority on the relationship between reproductive hormones and sexual behavior, and has extensive research experience in fertility control and its relevance to sexual behavior, psychophysiological aspects of male sexual response, and the impact of the menstrual cycle on the sexuality and well-being of women.

Dr. Bancroft received his medical degree from Cambridge University, England; obtained his postgraduate training in psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, London; and was Clinical Reader in Psychiatry at Oxford University from 1969-1976. He then moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, to join the Medical Research Council's Reproductive Biology Unit, one of the foremost research establishments in reproductive biology in the world. He remained in Edinburgh as a leader of the Behaviour Research Group until taking up his current position as director of The Kinsey Institute.

Dr. Bancroft's clinical experience in the management of sexual problems spans more than 25 years. For much of that time, he also has trained many other health professionals in sex therapy.

A prolific author, Dr. Bancroft has published more than 200 papers related to sex research. He is the author of Human Sexuality and Its Problems, widely regarded as one of the most scholarly, comprehensive texts published on human sexuality. From 1990-1995, he served as editor of the Annual Review of Sex Research, and currently serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals.

While his own training has been clinical and biological, Dr. Bancroft attaches considerable importance to other disciplinary approaches to the study of human sexuality, and is committed to promoting a broad interdisciplinary approach to research in this field. He is widely respected among researchers of human sexuality and animal sex behavior, and has lectured and taught extensively in many countries.

During his distinquished career, Dr. Bancroft has served as president of the International Academy of Sex Research and received a number of awards:

  • Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievement, Society for the Scientific Study of Sex;
  • Masters & Johnson Award from the Society for Sex Therapy and Research;
  • Gold Medal of the Polish Academy of Sexological Science; and the
  • Herman Musaph Prize for Sexology, Dutch Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Bancroft regards Alfred Kinsey as a figure of immense importance to sexology and human science, and The Kinsey Institute as one of the principal institutes of sex research in the world. Under his leadership, the Institute will take on a crucial international role in fostering an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human sexuality.

[Bancroft Curriculum Vitae | IU Union Board Lecture, February, 2000 | Lecture 2002, "If I could choose"]

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