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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., Heck, N.C., Yoshikawa, H., & Calzo, J.P. (in press). Greater engagement among members of Gay-Straight Allicance:  Individual and structural contributors.  American Educational Research Journal.

Poteat, V.P., Calzo, J.P., & Yoshikawa, H. (2016).  Promoting youth agency through dimensions of Gay-Straight Alliance involvement and conditions that maximize associations.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 1438-1451. 

Poteat, V.P., Scheer, J.R., & Cholg, E.S.K. (2016). Sexual orientation-based disparities in school and juvenile justice discipline: A multiple group camparison of contributing factors. Journal of Educational Psychology, 108, 229-241. 

Poteat, V.P., & Vecho, O. (2016). Who intervenes against homophobic behavior?  Attributes that distinguish active bystanders.  Journal of School Psychology, 54, 17-28. 

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. (2015). Individual psychological factors and complex interpersonal conditions that predict LGBT-affirming behavior.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 1494-1507. 

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. 

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