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

Poteat, V.P., Scheer, J.R., & Mereish, E.M. (in press).  Factors affecting academic achievement among sexual minority and gender-variant youth.  Advances in Child Development and Behavior.

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., & 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 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., 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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