Associate Professor, Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology
Paul Poteat conducts research on the school-based experiences of sexual and gender minority youth (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth). His research on Gender-Sexuality Alliances (GSAs; also known as Gay-Straight Alliances) has identified individual- and group-level mechanisms by which these school-based extracurricular groups empower and promote resilience among youth from diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. His work also examines bias-based harassment (e.g., based on sexual orientation or gender identity) using an ecological framework to consider individual and peer factors that contribute to such behavior or that buffer against its effects. Dr. Poteat’s research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
Dr. Poteat has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Research on Adolescence and The Counseling Psychologist, and serves on the editorial board and as a reviewer for journals in the areas of counseling, developmental, educational, and school psychology, and in the fields of education and public health. In addition, he is actively involved in the professional organizations of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Society for Research in Child Development, and the American Psychological Association.