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Lanice R. Avery, Ph.D.

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Dr. Lanice R. Avery, Ph.D.
Researcher and Educator

University of Virginia
485 McCormick Road, Gilmer Hall, Room 102
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Phone: +1 (434) 982-4763
Email: la4gd@virginia.edu
Website: https://psychology.as.virginia.edu/people/profile/la4gd
Profile Website: https://wgs.as.virginia.edu/people/profile/la4gd

Certifications:
American Board of Sexology (ABS) #: 22155
Board Certified Diplomate
Certified Sexologist

Education:
Doctorate (PhD) in Psychology from University of Michigan
Doctorate (PhD) in Women’s Studies from University of Michigan
Master of Science (MS) in Psychology from the University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Africana Studies from San Francisco State University

Dissertation:
The Sound of (Black) Music: Black-Oriented Media Use and Hegemonic Gender Beliefs as Liabilities to Black Women’s Sexual Well-Being

Publications:
The strong, silent (gender) type: The strong Black woman ideal, self-silencing, and sexual assertiveness in Black college women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 51, 1509–1520.

Remixing the script?: The role of culturally targeted media consumption on young Black women’s heteropatriarchal romantic relationship beliefs. Journal of Black Psychology, 47(7), 593-625.

Pretty hurts: Acceptance of hegemonic feminine beauty ideals and reduced sexual well-being among Black women. Body Image, 38,181-190.

Avery, L. R., and Stanton, A. G. (2020). Subverting the mandates of our methods: Tensions and considerations for incorporating reproductive justice frameworks into psychological science. Journal of Social Issues, 76, 447-455.

Ward, L. M., Jerald, M., Avery, L., & Cole, E. R. (2020). Following their lead? Connecting mainstream media use to Black women’s gender beliefs and sexual agency. The Journal of Sex Research, 1-13.

Stanton, A., Jerald, M. C., Ward, L. M., and Avery, L. R. (2017). Social media contributions to strong Black woman ideal endorsement and Black women’s mental health. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 41, 465-478.

Jerald, M. C., Ward, L. M., Cole, E. R, and Avery, L. R. (2017). Controlling Images: How Awareness of Group Stereotypes Affects Black Women’s Well-Being. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64, 487-499.

Avery, L. R., Ward, L. M., Moss, L., and Üsküp, D. (2017). Tuning Gender: Representations of Femininity and Masculinity in Popular Music by Black Artists. Journal of Black Psychology, 43, 159-191.

Goldey, K. L., Avery, L. R., and van Anders, S. M. (2013). Sexual fantasies and gender/Sex: A multimethod approach with quantitative content analysis and hormonal responses. Journal of Sex Research, 51, 917-931.

Cole, E. R., Avery, L., Dodson, C., and Goodman, K. (2012). Against nature: How arguments about the naturalness of marriage privilege heterosexuality. Journal of Social Issues, 68, 46-62.

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Dr. Avery’s has a joint faculty appointment in the Departments of Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her overarching research interests are at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and mainstream media. Specifically, she is interested in Black women’s intersectional identities and how the negotiation of dominant gender ideologies and racial stereotypes are associated with adverse psychological and sexual health outcomes. Currently, she has three lines of research that focus on understanding the structural and sociocultural determinants of health inequalities for multiply marginalized populations. First, she examines the physical and mental health consequences associated with internalizing constraining feminine beauty and body standards. A second line focuses on the role of popular media in gendered-racial identity development and the socialization of erotic injustice. Finally, her work interrogates how gendered-racism and racial stereotypes impact Black women’s self-esteem, sense of belonging, and experiences of interpersonal relationships. Taken together, the primary aim of Dr. Avery’s research is to promote healthy gender and sexual development among socially marginalized and stigmatized groups. She runs the Research on Intersectionality, Sexuality, and Empowerment (RISE) Lab at the University of Virginia.

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