Associate Professor, Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology
Paul Poteat is interested in homophobia and other bias-based bullying, diversity attitudes, LGBT resilience, and socialization processes.
With a grant from the NIH, Poteat is conducting research to identify the factors that contribute to students' experiences in Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) and the mechanisms by which GSAs promote students’ wellbeing—including individual experiences, group practices and dynamics, and the effect of advisors. The study looks at 40 GSAs across Massachusetts, with a focus on youth of color.
Poteat earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has authored dozens of articles in prominent journals, including the Journal of Research on Adolescence, where he currently serves as associate editor. In 2015, he won the Article of the Year Award from the School Psychology Review.
His contributions to the field extend well beyond journals, however. In addition to several manuscripts under review, Poteat has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters and is invited to speak around the world on bias-based bullying, intervention techniques, the power of GSAs and youth organizing, transgender issues, and more.
Poteat is director of the master's in mental health counseling program.