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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: ADVANCE Grant
    Title: ASCEND: Adaptions for a Sustainable Climate of Excellence and Diversity
    Co-PI (PI: Veerle Keppens, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)


  • American Psychological Foundation: Division 49 Group Psychotherapy Research Grant
    Title: Non-Conscious Social Signals in a Psychotherapy Group
    PI (Co-PI: Keri A. Frantell*, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (American Psychological Association 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
    Co-PI (PI: Patrick R. Grzanka, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)


  • National Science Foundation: Science, Technology, and Society Grant
    Title: Collaborative Research: Institutional Settings and the Transmission of Social Scientific Knowledge
    PI with Dr. Patrick Grzanka, Arizona State University


*Bourn, J. R., *Frantell, K. A., & Miles, J. R. (2018). Internalized heterosexism, religious coping, and psychache in LGB young adults who identify as religious. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 5, 303-312. doi:10.1037/sgd0000274

*Frantell, K. A., Miles, J. R., *Muller, J. T., & *Robinson, L. M. (2018). A typology of critical incidents in intergroup dialogue: Perspectives of facilitators-in-training. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 22, 156-171. doi:10.1037/gdn0000088

*White, B. A., Miles, J. R., *Frantell, K. A., *Muller, J. T., Paiko, L., & *LeFan, J. (2018). Intergroup dialogue facilitation in professional psychology training: Building social justice competencies and group work skills. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/dhe0000089

Miles, J. R., & Mallinckrodt, B. (2017). Establishing a secure base to increase exploration of diversity in groups. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 67, 259-275. doi:10.1080/00207284.2016.1264721.

*Muller, J. T., & Miles, J. R. (2017). Intergroup dialogue in undergraduate multicultural psychology education: Group climate development and outcomes. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 10, 52-71. doi:10.1037/a0040042

Grzanka, P. R., & Miles, J. R. (2016). The problem with the phrase “intersecting identities”: LGBT affirmative psychotherapy, intersectionality, and neoliberalism. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 13, 371-389. doi:10.1007/s13178-016-0240- 2

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

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

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

*denotes student collaborator


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