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Joe Miles

Joe MilesJoe Miles
Associate Professor 
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park (2010)

410C AustinPeay
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996

Phone: 865-974-4183

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

My research interests include the process and outcomes of intergroup dialogue and group counseling; multicultural education; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues; and health equity.

Research Statement

My research program focuses on multiculturalism and social justice, with two related branches: (I) intergroup dialogue (IGD) and other group and multicultural interventions; and (II) lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues.  Within the first domain, my research specifically focuses on the processes (e.g., group climate development, the co-facilitation of groups, and critical incidents in IGD) involved in IGD and other group interventions, and their relationship to group member outcomes.  Within the second domain, my research focuses on the specifically focuses on developing a better understanding of the relationships between the science and practice of LGB psychology, "lay" theories about sexual orientation  and their implications on attitudes and behaviors toward sexual minorities, and the psychosocial health and development of LGB individuals.

Current and Future Directions

My current work on intergroup dialogue and group counseling includes projects exploring (a) the relationships between group climate and other process variables and outcomes in intergroup dialogue, (b) "critical incidents" in intergroup dialogue sessions, (c) the use of intergroup dialogue in graduate group training in counseling psychology, and (d) multiculturalism and social justice in group counseling.

My current work on LGB issues includes projects exploring (a) the relationships between the science of LGB psychology and the practice of LGB affirmative psychotherapy, (b) "lay" beliefs about sexual orientation and their impacts on attitudes and behaviors toward LGB people, and (c) the relationships between risk (e.g., internalized heterosexism) and protective (e.g., social support, spirituality) factors and the psychological and physical health of LGB people.

Future plans include projects examining intergroup dialogue in novel settings, further exploration of the processes involved in LGB affirmative psychotherapy, and research on health inequity.

2015 Faculty Academic Outreach Award
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2015 Social Justice Award
Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology
American Psychological Association
2015 Innovative Teaching Award
Division 9: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
American Psychological Association
2014 Excellence in Teaching Award
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2014 LGBT Advocate Award
Chancellor's Commission for LGBT People
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2012 Diversity Leadership Award
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2010 Bruce Fretz Scientist-Practitioner Award
Counseling Psychology Program
University of Maryland, College Park
  • National Science Foundation: Science, Technology, and Society Grant
    Collaborative Research: Institutional Settings and the Transmission of Social Scientific Knowledge
    PI with Dr. Patrick Grzanka, Arizona State University
    2012. Funded: $56,472
  • University of Tennessee, Scholarly and Research Incentive Fund Grant
    Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Grant
    2013. Funded: $3,600
  • University of Tennessee, Teaching and Learning Center: Creative Teaching Grant
    Incorporating Intergroup Dialogue and Social Media into PSYC 435: Multicultural Psychology
    2011. Funded: $5,000
  • University of Tennessee: Ready for the World Grant
    Advancing Dialogue at UT: A Proposal for a Workshop on Intergroup Dialogue from the University of Michigan's Program on Intergroup Relations 2011. Funded: $5,000 (with $1,500 contributed by UTK College of Arts and Sciences)

*Muller, J. T., & Miles, J. R. (in press). Group climate and outcomes in intergroup dialogue. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Grzanka, P. R., Zeiders, K. H., & Miles, J. R. (2016). Beyond "born this way?" Reconsidering sexual orientation beliefs and attitudes. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 67-75. doi:10.1037/cou0000124

Mallinckrodt, B., Miles, J. R., & *Recabarren, D. A. (2015). Advantages of using Rasch model item response theory in instrument development: Empirical demonstration in a measure of multicultural competencies. [Major Contribution]. The Counseling Psychologist. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0011000015596437

Miles, J. R., *Muller, J., *Arnett, J. E., *Bourn, J., *Johnson, M., & *Recabarren, D. (2015). Group member affect and session evaluations in intergroup dialogue. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 19, 222-242. doi:10.1037/gdn0000032

Hill, C. E., Gelso, C. J., Chui, H., Spangler, P., Hummel, A., Huang, T., … Miles, J. R. (2014). To be or not to be immediate with clients: The use and effects of immediacy in psychodynamic/interpersonal psychotherapy. Psychotherapy Research, 24, 299-315. doi:10.1080/10503307.2013.812262

Miles, J. R., & Fassinger, R. E. (2014). Sexual identity issues in education and training for professional psychologists. In W. B. Johnson, & N. J. Kaslow (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of education and training in professional psychology (pp. 452-471). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Miles, J. R., *Henrichs-Beck, C. L., & *Bourn, J. R. (2014). Intergroup dialogue: A method for critically engaging students around religion and sexual orientation. In A. B. Dessel, & B. Bolen (Eds.), Conservative religion and sexual orientation In social work: Privilege, oppression and the pursuit of human rights (pp. 345-375). Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.

Miles, J. R., & Paquin, J. D. (2014). Best practices in group counseling and psychotherapy research. In J. Delucia-Waack, C. Kalodner, & M. Riva (Eds.), The handbook of group counseling and psychotherapy (2nd ed.) (pp. 178-192). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Vaughan, M.D., Miles, J. R., Parent, M.C.1, Lee, H-S., Tilghman, J., & Prokhorets, S. (2014). A content analysis of LGBT-themed positive psychology articles. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1, 313-324. doi:10.1037/sgd0000060
1Second and third authors contributed equally and are listed alphabetically.

Mallinckrodt, B., Miles, J. R., Bhaskar, T., *Chery, N., *Choi, G. H., & *Sung, M. R. (2014). Developing a comprehensive scale to assess college multicultural programming. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61, 133-145. doi:10.1037/a0035214

Mallinckrodt, B., Miles, J. R., & Levy, J. J. (2014). The Scientist-Practitioner-Advocate Model: Addressing contemporary training needs for social justice advocacy. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 8, 303-311. doi:10.1037/tep0000045

Arseneau, J. R., Grzanka, P. R., Miles, J. R., & Fassinger, R. E. (2013). Development and initial validation of the Sexual Orientation Beliefs Scale (SOBS). Journal of Counseling Psychology 60, 407-420. doi:10.1037/a0032799

Hill, C. E., Knox, S., Crook-Lyon, R. E., Hess, S. A., Miles, J. R., Spangler, P., & Pudasaini, S. (2013). Dreaming of you: Client and therapist dreams about each other during psychodynamic psychotherapy. Psychotherapy Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10503307.2013.867461

Miles, J. R., & Kivlighan, D. M. (2012). Perceptions of group climate by social identity group status in intergroup dialogue. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 16, 189-205. doi:10.1037/a0028634

Kivlighan, D. M., London, K., & Miles, J. R. (2012). Are two heads are better than one? The relationships between number of group leaders and group members, and group climate and group member satisfaction. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 16, 1-13. doi:10.1037/a0026242

*Student co-author

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