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Lynch School of Education

V. Paul Poteat

associate professor
counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department

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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., Scheer, J.R., & Chong, E.S.K. (in press).  Sexual orientation-based disparities in school and juvenile justice discipline:  A multiple group comparison of contributing factors.  Journal of Educational Psychology.

Poteat, V.P., (in press). Individual psychological factors and complex interpersonal conditions that predict LGBT-affirming behavior. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Poteat, V.P., Scheer, J.R., Marx, R.A., Calzo, J.P., & Yoshikawa, H. (2015).  Gay-Straight Alliances vary on dimensions of youth socializing and advocacy: Factors accounting for individual and setting-level differences.  American Journal of Community Psychology, 55, 422-432.

Poteat, V.P., Mereish, E.H., & Birkett, M. (2015). The negative effects of prejudice on interpersonal relationships wiithin adolescent peer groups. Developmental Psychology, 51, 544-553.

Poteat, V.P., Yoshikawa, H., Calzo, J.P., Gray, M.L., DiGiovanni, C.D., Lipkin, A., Mundy-Shephard, A., Perrotti, J., Scheer, J.R., & Shaw, M.P. (2015). Contextualizing Gay-Straight Alliances: Student, advisor, and structural factors related to positive youth development among members. Child Development, 86, 176-193.

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., & Anderson, C.J. (2012). Developmental changes in sexual prejudice from early to late adolescence:  The effects of gender, race, and ideology on different patterns of change. Developmental Psychology48, 1403-1415.

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 victimization 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.


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