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James Weinrich
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Background and Training

My career has had four major phases: Math, Biology, Internet, and finally Psychology.

At Princeton I majored in Mathematics and wrote my senior thesis on a mathematical model in biology.

In Harvard's Biology department I was the first graduate student of Robert Trivers. My thesis was on social class differences in heterosexual reproductive strategy and evolutionary models of homosexuality.

After getting my doctorate I had a 3-year fellowship with the Society of Fellows, Harvard University.

A postdoctoral training fellowship followed at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where I worked for the late pioneering sexologist John Money.

Returning to Boston, I worked for Richard Pillard at the Family Studies Laboratory at the Boston University School of Medicine.

In 1987 I moved to San Diego to take a position running an NIMH-funded grant on AIDS and the brain, working for Igor Grant at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In 1990 this project became the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC), and I was its founding Center Manager and Data Manager. I worked there until 2000, by which time I had obtained my own grant funding and was Principal Investigator of the HNRC’s Sexology Project. Then I left UCSD to become an independent Internet consultant and entrepreneur.

In 2006 I returned to the academic world and began teaching Human Sexuality at three local community colleges. After discovering that I liked teaching, I went back to school at San Diego State University in order to obtain a Master’s degree in the discipline I was teaching (namely, Psychology). Now that that degree has been awarded, I’ve begun teaching many other Psych classes, such as Introductory Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Statistical Methods in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Biological Psychology.

Last Updated: 01/20/2015


Undergraduate B.A.
Princeton University

Graduate Ph.D.
Harvard University

Graduate M.A.
San Diego State Univ.

Job History

Adjunct Faculty
San Diego State Univ.
San Diego Mesa College
Grossmont College
Miramar College
Southwestern College
San Diego City College
National University

Research Faculty
UC San Diego
Boston University
Johns Hopkins Univ.


Jim Weinrich, Ph.D.

  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District