J. Garrett-Walker is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of San Francisco. She earned a B.A. from University of San Francisco and a PhD from the Graduate Center of City University of New York.
Professor Garrett-Walker is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on multiple identity development for Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) emerging adults. She utilizes quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine the intersections of multiple identities; specifically racial, religious and sexual identities. She is most interested in the ways in which Black LGBTQ+ young adults navigate and negotiate social marginalization in their multiple communities through negative religious rhetoric, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism. Professor Garrett-Walker's work has emphasized the role of identity in the development of culturally competent HIV prevention interventions and community resources.
In 2014, Professor Garrett-Walker implemented a university-wide Check Your Privilege Campaign that sought to raise student, faculty, and staff awareness around social inequalities and privilege. She has become increasingly interested in the ways in which shared educational privilege impacts colorblind racial ideologies and privilege awareness (i.e., white, male, class). The campaign went viral on the internet and has been implemented at universities from Canada to New Zealand.
- PhD, Graduate Center of City University of New York
- BA, University of San Francisco
- Identity development for Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescents and emerging adults
- Selected Publications
Garrett-Walker, J. J., Broussard, D. A., & Garrett-Walker, W. L. (2019). "Re-imagining masculinities: How Black Queer Feminism can liberate Black people from the toxicity of patriarchal masculinity." Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 5, 69-98.
Garrett-Walker, J. J., Poole, S., Williams, S., Banks, C., Stallings, J., Balgobin, K., & Moore, D. (2018). "Racial color-blindness and privilege awareness in relation to interest in social justice among college students." Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 4, 38-63.
Garrett-Walker, J. J. & Longmire-Avital, B. (2018). "Resilience and depression: The roles of racial identity, sexual identity, and social support on well-being for Black LGB emerging adults." Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 4, 1-15.
Garrett-Walker, J. J., & Pérez, J. (2017). "Religion and spirituality for HIV-positive gay men." In L. Wilton (Ed.), Understanding Prevention for HIV Positive Gay Men: Innovative Approaches in Addressing the AIDS Epidemic. Springer: New York.
Garrett-Walker, J. J., & Galindo, G. R. (2017). "From pathology to resiliency: understanding the mental health of HIV+ sexual minority men." In L. Wilton (Ed.), Understanding Prevention for HIV Positive Gay Men: Innovative Approaches in Addressing the AIDS Epidemic. Springer: New York.
Garrett-Walker, J. J. & Torres, V. (2016). "Negative religious rhetoric in the lives of Black cisgender queer emerging adult men: A qualitative analysis." Journal of Homosexuality, 64, 1816-1831.
Poole, S. M. & Garrett-Walker, J. J. (2016). "Are future business professionals ready for multicultural marketing? An investigation of undergraduate students." Journal of Cultural Marketing Strategy, 2, 43-50.
Walker, J. J., Longmire-Avital, B., & Golub, S. (2015). "Racial and Sexual Identities as Potential Buffers to Risky Sexual Behavior for Black Gay and Bisexual Emerging Adult Men." Health Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hea0000187
Follins, L., Walker, J. J., & Lewis, M. (2014). "Resilience in Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals: A Critical Review of the Literature." Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/19359705.2013.828343
Gamarel, K.E., Walker, J. J., Rivera, L. & Golub, S.A. (2014). "Identity safety and relational health in LGBTQ youth spaces." Journal of LGBT Youth. DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2013.879464