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J. Garrett-Walker

J. Garrett-Walker
Associate Professor


Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

Dr. Garrett-Walker is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on mental health and multiple identity development for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (2SLGBTQ+) emerging adults with a focus in Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC). Dr. Garrett-Walker utilizes quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine the intersections of multiple identities; specifically gender, race, religion, and sexuality. Dr. Garrett-Walker is most interested in the ways in which BIPOC 2SLGBTQ+ young adults maintain positive mental health and well-being in the face of negative religious rhetoric, racism, homophobia, transphobia, cissexism, and heterosexism. Dr. Garrett-Walker's work has emphasized the role of identity in the development of culturally competent HIV prevention interventions and community resources.

Dr. Garrett-Walker also has a line of inquiry that examines the ways in which shared educational privilege impacts colorblind racial ideologies and privilege awareness among college students. Dr. Garrett-Walker implemented a University wide social marketing campaign at University of San Francisco, Check Your Privilege, that sought to raise student, faculty, and staff awareness around social inequalities and privilege. The campaign went viral on the internet and has been implemented at universities from Turtle Island to New Zealand.

All of Dr. Garrett-Walker's research challenges systems and structures that seek to oppress, and marginalize, racialized gender and sexually expansive people. Dr. Garrett-Walker's research focuses on the ways in which BIPOC 2SLGBTQ+ people survive and thrive as opposed to the pathology entrenched in psychology.

Teaching Overview

APD 2293: Interpretation of Educational Research
APD XXX: Privilege, Power, and Oppression: Implications for Psychology and Education
APD 2200Y: Child Study: Observation, Evaluation, Reporting, and Research

Representative Publications

Montagno, M., Garrett-Walker, J. J., & Ho, Jennifer*. (2021). Two, four, six, eight…why we want to participate: Motivations and barriers to LGBTQ+ activism. Journal of Community and Applied Psychology. Advance online publication

Montagno, M. & Garrett-Walker, J. J. (2021). LGBTQ+ Engagement in Activism: An examination of internalized heterosexism and community connectedness. Journal of Homosexuality. Advance online publication.

Garrett-Walker, J. J. & Montagno, M. (2021). Expanding identity categories in LGBTQ+ research and clinical practices. Journal of LGBT Youth. Advance online publication.

Felipe, L. C., Garrett-Walker, J. J., & Montagno, M. (2020). Monoracial and multiracial LGBTQ+ people: Comparing internalized heterosexism, perceptions of racism, and connection to LGBTQ+ communities. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Advance online publication.

Garrett-Walker, J. J., Broussard, D. A., & Garrett-Walker, W. L. (2019). Re-imagining masculinities: How Black Queer Feminism can liberate Black people from the toxicity of patriarchal masculinity. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 5, 69-98.

Garrett-Walker, J. J., Poole, S., Williams, S., Banks, C., Stallings, J., Balgobin, K., & Moore, D. (2018). Racial color-blindness and privilege awareness in relation to interest in social justice among college students. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 4, 38-63.

Garrett-Walker, J. J. & Longmire-Avital, B. (2018). Resilience and depression: The roles of racial identity, sexual identity, and social support on well-being for Black LGB emerging adults. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 4, 1-15.

Garrett-Walker, J. J. & Torres, V.* (2016). Negative religious rhetoric in the lives of Black cisgender queer emerging adult men: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Homosexuality, 64, 1816-1831.

Poole, S. M. & Garrett-Walker, J. J. (2016). Are future business professionals ready for multicultural marketing? An investigation of undergraduate students. Journal of Cultural Marketing Strategy, 2, 43-50.

Walker, J. J., Longmire-Avital, B., & Golub, S. (2015). Racial and sexual identities as potential buffers to risky sexual behavior for Black gay and bisexual emerging adult men. Health Psychology, 34, 841-846.

Follins, L., Walker, J. J., & Lewis, M. (2014). Resilience in Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals: A critical review of the literature. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 18, 190-212.