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Russell, Stephen

Stephen Russell

Department Chair, Human Development and Family Sciences, Director, School of Human Ecology
College of Natural Sciences, School of Human Ecology

Amy Johnson McLaughlin Administrative Chair in Human Ecology | Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professorship in Child Development

I study LGBTQ youth health and rights; programs and policies to improve human development; and cultural processes in families.


Phone: 512-471-0753

Office Location
SEA 2.444

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

I will consider applications for graduate students for fall 2020.

I joined the faculty in Human Development in Family Sciences and the Population Research Center in the summer of 2015. I study adolescent development, with an emphasis on adolescent sexuality, LGBT youth, and parent-adolescent relationships. Much of my research is guided by a commitment to create social change to support healthy adolescent development. I am most proud of my research that has been used to shape local and state policies and laws for school safety, and my most rewarding work is with trainees: I work with an amazing group of postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and I find supporting their development and learning from them to be the most satisfying part of my job.

Read profiles of current graduate students: Meg Bishop, Allen Mallory, and Ruoyun (Chrys) Xu

I have been involved in community and professional organizations throughout my career, including as Human Relations Commissioner in several cities (Durham, NC; Davis, CA; Tucson, AZ), and currently as chair of the Board of Directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). I have been an elected board member of the National Council on Family Relations (2005-2008), and am Past-President of the Society for Research on Adolescence.

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Google Scholar

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Schooling (with Stacey Horn, Oxford University Press)

      American Psychological Association Division 44 Distinguished Book Award (2017)

      Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Book Award (2018)

Elected Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations (2017)

University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Administrator of the Year Award (2015)

University of Arizona Peter Likins Inclusive Excellence Award (2013)

University of Arizona LGBTQ Affairs Fabulous Faculty Award (2012)

University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Research Faculty of the Year Award (2011)

University of Arizona Norton School Council of Alumni and Friends Faculty Award (2011)

University of Arizona Honors College, Excellence in Mentoring Award (2011)

President, Society for Research on Adolescence (President Elect 2010-2012; President 2012-2014; Past President 2014-2016)

Shirley O’Brien Diversity Award, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (2006)

Elected Full Member of the International Academy of Sex Research (2004)

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University (2001-2007)

William T. Grant Foundation Scholar (2001-2006)

Wayne F. Placek Award, American Psychological Foundation (2000)

Gallup Research Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1998-1999)