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Russell, Stephen

Stephen Russell

Director, School of Human Ecology, Professor
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, School of Human Ecology

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

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 not be considering applications for graduate students for fall 2024.

I study adolescent development, with an emphasis on LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing. Much of my research is guided by a commitment to create social change to support healthy development. My research focuses on intersectionality in the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ populations, with a focus on practices and policies that contribute to wellbeing. 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: Armin Dorri, Andre Gonzales Real, and Alfredo Velasquez.

I have been an elected board member of the National Council on Family Relations (2005-2008), was President of the Society for Research on Adolescence (2012-2014), and am a member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research in Child Development (2019-2025), the Board of the Council on Contemporary Families, and served for many years on the Board of Directors for SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change.

Read about my projects on my lab webpage:


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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)

If you are a student interested in learning more about the SOGI Health & Rights Lab and our work, including being a research assistant or doing an project for independent inquiry, please read the lab webpage on teaching and mentoring: