In 1969, Cass received a Teacher’s Certificate, Diploma of School Music from Edith Cowan University. In 1973, she received her Bachelor’s degree for psychology from the University of Western Australia. Cass received her Master’s degree in psychology in 1975, also from the University of Western Australia. In 1986, Cass received her Doctorate of philosophy.
Professional Life and Work
Over the years, Vivienne Cass has become a member of various organizations, including the Australian Society of Authors (AUS), Australian Psychological Society (AUS), Division of Independently Practicing Psychologists (AUS), Independently Practicing Clinical Psychologists Association (AUS), West Australian Sexology Society (AUS), Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists (AUS), Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (USA), New York Academy of Science (USA), International Society for the Scientific Study of Women's Sexual Health, part of the Editorial Board of Journal of Homosexuality, and Women's Sexual Health Foundation.
Relevance to Class Material
Vivienne Cass is mostly known for her six stage identity model. Although it focuses on homosexuals, her theory has to do with identity development. As a class, we’ve discussed identity development, and we’ve discussed sexuality regarding homosexuals, but we’ve never discussed sexuality in connection to identity development. Cass provides a narrative that wasn’t there before about how homosexuals might grow to realize who they are and be comfortable in their own skin regardless of the heterosexist environment they live in. I think Cass’s identity model is a good counter-narrative to all the identity/ gender development theories we’ve read because this, unlike the theories we read about, isn’t heterosexist.