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J Garrett-Walker

Associate Professor


Dr. J Garrett-Walker is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of San Francisco. Dr. J Garrett-Walker is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on mental health and multiple identity development for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (2SLGBTQ+) emerging adults with a focus on Black and other racialized communities. Prof. Garrett-Walker teaches courses in research design, developmental psychology, and privilege, power, and oppression.

Dr. Garrett-Walker utilizes quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine the intersections of multiple identities; specifically gender, race, religion, and sexuality. They are most interested in the ways in which BIPOC 2SLGBTQ+ young adults maintain positive mental health and well-being in the face of negative religious rhetoric, racism, homophobia, transphobia, cissexism, and heterosexism. Dr. Garrett-Walker's work has emphasized the role of identity in the development of culturally competent HIV prevention interventions and community resources. All of Prof. Garrett-Walker's research challenges systems and structures that seek to oppress, and marginalize, racialized gender and sexually expansive people.

Research Areas

  • Identity development for Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescents and emerging adults


  • PhD, Graduate Center of City University of New York
  • BA, University of San Francisco

Selected Publications