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Lynch School of Education

V. Paul Poteat

assistant professor
counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department

V. Paul Poteat


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Campion Hall
Room 307


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Florida State University


Homophobic and other forms of bias-based bullying; mental health and resilience of LGBT youth; peer group social networks and socialization processes; developmental trajectories of diversity attitudes and behaviors; social norms and ideology beliefs connected to homophobic attitudes and behaviors.


Poteat, V.P., Sinclair, K.O., DiGiovanni, C.D., Koenig, B.W., & Russell, S.T. (2013). Gay-Straight Alliances are associated with student health:  A multi-school comparison of LGBTQ and heterosexual youth.  Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23, 319-330.

Poteat, V.P., DiGiovanni, C.D, & Scheer, J.R. (2013). Predicting homophobic behavior among heterosexual youth:  Domain general and sexual orientation-specific factors at the individual and contextual level.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 351-362.

Poteat, V.P., O'Dwyer, L.M., & Mereish, E.H. (2012). Changes in how students use and are called homophobic epithets over time:  Patterns predicted by gender, bullying and vicitmization status.  Journal of Educational Psychology, 104, 393-406.

Russell, S.T., Sinclair, K.O., Poteat, V.P., & Koenig, B.W. (2012). Adolescent health and harassment based on discriminatory bias.  American Journal of Public Health, 102, 493-495.

Poteat, V. P., Mereish, E.H., DiGiovanni, C.D., & Koenig, B.W. (2011).  The effects of general and homophobic victimization on adolescents' psychosocial and educational concerns:  The importance of intersecting identities and parent support.  Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58, 597-609.

Poteat, V.P., & Spanierman, L.B. (2010). Do the ideological beliefs of peers predict the prejudiced attitudes of other individuals in the group?  Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 13, 495-514.

Poteat, V. P., Aragon, S. R., Espelage, D. L., & Koenig, B. W. (2009). Psychosocial concerns of sexual minority youth: Complexity and caution in group differences. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 196-201.

Poteat, V. P. (2007). Peer group socialization of homophobic attitudes and behavior during adolescence. Child Development, 78, 1830-1842.

Poteat, V. P., Espelage, D. L., & Green, H. D., Jr. (2007). The socialization of dominance: Peer group contextual effects on homophobic and dominance attitudes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 1040-1050.

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