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Patrick R. Grzanka

Patrick R. GrzankaPatrick R. Grzanka
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Maryland (2010)

Curriculum Vitae

Keywords: intersectionality, race and racism, sexuality and LGBT issues, feminist theory, emotions, and mental health

Research statement

I am an applied social issues researcher with expertise in intersectionality, sexualities and gender, reproductive justice, and race and racism. My quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research uses critical psychological and sociological methods to investigate how structural violence is produced, maintained, and resisted. I am particularly interested in understanding how institutions that purport to help (e.g., psychotherapy, science, medicine, education) reproduce harm. I have long-standing interests in beliefs about sexual orientation and the role of science in the production of ideas about social categories, as well as the deployment of scientific ideas in social movements and controversies. Finally, my commitment to social justice research is reflected in all of my projects and particularly my work on how social scientists can responsibly use intersectionality to study and transform oppressive systems.

In addition to my appointment in the Department of Psychology, I am chair of the Interdisciplinary Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at UT. I am also associate editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology (since 2017) and serve on the editorial boards of Journal of Sex Research, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, and Sex Roles. I am a public scholar and write regularly for the popular press, including the Washington Post and The Tennessean, and I am public engagement liaison for the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association.

I am interested in working with graduate students whose primary interests are in research and who see themselves conducting the kinds of research and advocacy projects produced in my lab, the Social Action Research Team. I work best with students who are intellectually curious and who are passionate about social science and social justice. Please visit to see a comprehensive list of publications and ongoing research projects. Prospective students are encouraged to reach out to me via email, as well.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Counseling Psychology (2017-Present)
  • Editorial Board, The Counseling Psychologist (2016-2018) 
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Counseling Psychology (2015-2016)
  • Michele Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service (2018)
    Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, APA Division 9: SPSSI
  • Mary Roth Walsh Teaching the Psychology of Women Award (2018)
    Society for the Psychology of Women, APA Division 35
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) Teaching Award (2018)
    Invited SPSSI Speaker at the National Institute for Teaching of Psychology, APA Division 9
  • Early-Career Excellence in Research/Creative Achievement Award (2017)
    College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tennessee
  • Junior Excellence in Teaching Award (2017)
    College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tennessee
  • LGBT Advocate Award (2017)
    Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT People, The University of Tennessee
  • Chancellor’s Grant for Faculty Research (2017)
    Office of Research and Engagement, The University of Tennessee
  • Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program (Finalist) (2017)
    Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Development of Interdepartmental Collaboration in Scholarship and Research Award (2015)
    College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tennessee
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award (2014)
    Faculty Women’s Association, Arizona State University
  • Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award (2013)
    Office of LGBTQA Services, Arizona State University
  • Outstanding Academic Service Award (2013)
    Barrett, the Honors College, Arizona State University


  • National Science Foundation, ADVANCE Grant
    Title: ASCEND: Adaptations for a Sustainable Climate of Excellence. Co-PI. (PI: Veerle Keppens, The University of Tennessee). 2018-2021. $713,763

  • American Psychological Association, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9): Local- and State-Level Policy Work Grant
    Title: The ‘Counseling Discrimination Law’ and Barriers to Mental Health Services-Seeking among LGBT+ Individuals in Tennessee. 2016. PI. $2,000.

  • National Science Foundation, Science, Technology, & Society Program: Standard Grant
    Title: Collaborative Research: Institutional Settings and the Transmission of Social Scientific Knowledge. PI with Joseph Miles (The University of Tennessee). 2012-2013. $56,472


  • University of Tennessee, The Graduate School: Student/Faculty Research Award
    Title: Emerging Adult Women’s Experiences with Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC). 2017. PI. $1,125.

  • University of Tennessee, College of Arts and Sciences: Haines-Morris Lecture Endowment Grant 
    Title: “For All the World to See”: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights. 2015. PI. $3,070.

  • University of Tennessee, Office of Research and Engagement, Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF): Summer Graduate Research Assistantship
    Title: The Impact of the ‘Counseling Discrimination Law’ and Other Potential Barriers to Mental Health Services-Seeking among LGBT+ Individuals in Tennessee. 2017. PI. $3,600.

  • University of Tennessee, Office of Undergraduate Research: Summer Undergraduate Research Internship
    Title: The Sexual Orientation Affect Project. PI. 2017. $2,400. 

  • University of Tennessee, Teaching and Learning Center: Teaching Innovation Grant 
    Title: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality. 2017. PI. $3,500.

  • Southeastern Conference (SEC) Visiting Faculty Travel Grant 
    Title: Intersectionality Research in Counseling Psychology. Sponsoring institution/department: University of Florida, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. 2016. PI. $846.

  • University of Tennessee, College of Arts and Sciences: Haines-Morris Lecture Endowment Grant 
    Title: New Horizons in Intersectionality Research, Policy, and Activism. 2015. PI. $3,000.

  • Southeastern Conference (SEC) Visiting Faculty Travel Grant 
    Title: Southeastern Sexualities Working Group. Sponsoring institution/department: University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health. 2014. PI. $1,246.

  • Arizona State University, Barrett, the Honors College: Dean’s Award 
    Title: Intersectionality and Science & Technology Studies: Shared Affinities. 2014. PI. $2,325

  • Arizona State University, Institute for Humanities Research, Transdisciplinary Seed Grant 
    Title: Happy Place: The Emotional Life of Cities. Co-PI with Hilary Harp (Art), Barry Moon (Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance), & Kevin McHugh (Geography). 2013. $12,000 

  • Arizona State University, Barrett, the Honors College: Sol & Esther Drescher Faculty Development Grant 
    Title: The Social Psychology of Neoliberalism. 2013. PI. $1,724 

  • Arizona State University, Barrett, the Honors College: Sol & Esther Drescher Faculty Development Grant 
    Title: Sexualities and Applied Social Research: A Multi-Site Research Program. 2012. PI. $2,315

Recent Representative Publications. Underline denotes student collaborator.

Dull, B. D., Hoyt, L. T., Grzanka, P. R., Zeiders, K. H. (2021). Can White guilt motivate action? The role of civic beliefs. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Advance online publication.

Tierney, D., Spengler, E. S., Schuch, E., & Grzanka, P. R. (2021). Sexual orientation beliefs and identity development: A person-centered analysis among sexual minorities. The Journal of Sex Research. Advance online publication.

Grzanka, P. R. (2021). The shape of knowledge: Situational analysis in counseling psychology research. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Advance online publication.

Warner, L., Wagner, L., and Grzanka, P. R. (2021). White privilege in the classroom. In M. E. Kite, K. A. Case, & W. R. Williams (Eds.), Navigating difficult moments in teaching diversity and social justice: Perseverance and resilience (pp. 151-163). American Psychological Association Books.

Grzanka, P. R., Flores, M. J., VanDaalen, R. A., & Velez, G. (2020). Intersectionality in psychology: Translational science for social justice. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 6(4), 304-313.

Brian, J. D., Grzanka, P. R., & Mann, E. S. (2020). The age of LARC: Making sexual citizens on the frontiers of technoscientific healthism. Health Sociology Review, 29(3), 312-328.

Grzanka, P. R., DeVore, E. N., Frantell, K. A., Miles, J. R., & Spengler, E. S. (2020). Conscience clauses and sexual and gender minority mental health care: A case study. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56(5), 551-567.

Grzanka, P. R., Zeiders, K. H., Spengler, E. S., Hoyt, L. T., & Toomey, R. B. (2020). Do beliefs about sexual orientation predict voting behavior? Results from the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 7(3), 241-252.

Grzanka, P. R. (2020). From buzzword to critical psychology: An invitation to take intersectionality seriously. Women and Therapy, 43(3-4), 244-261.[Special issue on “Intersectionality in Education, Training, and Practice” edited by K. A. Case, N. T. Buchanan, & D. Rios]

Grzanka, P. R., & Schuch, E. (2020). Reproductive anxiety and conditional agency at the intersections of privilege: A focus group study of emerging adults’ perception of long-acting reversible contraception. Journal of Social Issues, 76(2), 270-313.

Fry, K., Grzanka, P. R., Miles, J. R., & DeVore, E. N. (2020). Is essentialism essential? Reducing homonegative prejudice by targeting diverse sexual orientation beliefs. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49(5), 1725-1739.

Grzanka, P. R. (2020). “With allies like theseā€¦”: Toward a sociology of straight allies. In J.J. Dean & N. L. Fischer (Eds.), The Routledge international handbook of heterosexualities studies (pp. 404-418).Routledge.

Hage, S. M., Miles, J. R., Lewis, J. A., Grzanka, P. R., & Goodman, L. A. (2020). The social justice practicum in psychology training. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 14(2), 155-166.

Grzanka, P. R., Spengler, E. S., Miles, J. R., Frantell, K. A., & DeVore, E. N. (2020). “Sincerely held principles” or prejudice?: The Tennessee Counseling Discrimination Law. The Counseling Psychologist, 48(2), 223-248.

Grzanka, P. R., Miles, J. R., Spengler, E. S., Arnett, J., & Pruett, J. (2020). Measuring neoliberalism: Development and initial validation of a scale of anti-neoliberal attitudes. Social Justice Research, 33(1), 44-80.

Grzanka, P. R., Frantell, K. A., & Fassinger, R. E. (2020). The White Racial Affect Scale (WRAS): A measure of White guilt, shame, and negation. The Counseling Psychologist, 48(1), 47-77.

Fritzlen, K. A., Phillips, J. E., March, D. S., Grzanka, P. R., & Olson, M. A. (2020). I know (what) you are, but what am I?: The effect of recategorization threat and perceived immutability on prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46(1), 94-108. https:/

Grzanka, P. R. (Ed.) (2019). Intersectionality: Foundations and frontiers (2nd ed.). Routledge.

Grzanka, P. R., Gonzalez, K. A., & Spanierman, L. B. (2019). White supremacy and counseling psychology: A critical-conceptual framework. The Counseling Psychologist, 47(4), 478-529.[Invited contribution, 50th anniversary special volume].

Grzanka, P. R. (2019). Queer survey research and the ontological dimensions of heterosexism. In A. Ghaziani & M. Brim (Eds.), Imagining queer methods (pp. 84-102). NYU Press.

Seraphin, S. B., Grizzell, J. A., Kerr-German, A., Perkins, M. A., Grzanka, P. R., & Hardin, E. (2019). A conceptual framework for non-disposable assignments: Inspiring implementation, innovation, and research. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 18(1), 84-97.

Mann, E. S., & Grzanka, P. R. (2018). Agency-without-choice: The visual rhetorics of long-acting reversible contraception promotion. Symbolic Interaction, 41(3), 334-356.


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