Ja’Nina Garrett-Walker is an Associate Professor in the department of Psychology at the University of San Francisco. She earned her BA from University of San Francisco and her PhD from the Graduate Center of City University of New York.

She is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on multiple identity development for Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) emerging adults. Prof. Garrett-Walker 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 LGBT young adults navigate and negotiate social marginalization in their multiple communities through negative religious rhetoric, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism. Prof. Walker's work has emphasized the role of identity in the development of culturally competent HIV prevention interventions and community resources.

Recently, she 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 ideology and privilege awareness (i.e., Christian, heterosexual, male, social class, able-body). The campaign went viral on the internet and has been implemented at other universities from Canada to New Zealand.

Prof. Garrett-Walker's speaker topics include: experiences of Black LGBT populations; intersection of multiple identities for Black LGBT populations (race, religion, sexuality); resiliency among Black LGBT populations; the role of religion in the lives of Black LGBT populations; the permanence of structural inequalities and structural privilege (white, class, male, heterosexual, cisgender, and Christian) in the United States; the fallacy of colorblindness; and sexual health and HIV.

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., & 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.

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

Nelson, L. E., Walker, J. J, Du Bois, S.N, & Giwa, S. (2014). Your blues ain’t like mine: Considering integrative anti-racism in HIV prevention research with Black men who have sex with men in Canada and in the United States. Nursing Inquiry. DOI:10.1111/nin.12055

Alter, P., Walker, J. J. & Landers, E. (2013). Teachers’ Perceptions of Students’ Challenging Behavior and the Impact of Teacher Demographics. Education and Treatment of Children. DOI: 10.1353/etc.2013.0040

Lelutiu-Weinberger, C., Pachankis, J.E., Golub, S.A., Walker, J. J., Bamonte, A., & Parsons, J.T. (2013). Age Cohort Differences in the Effects of Gay-Related Stigma, Anxiety and Identification with the Gay Community on Sexual Risk and Substance Use. AIDS and Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-011-0070-4

Walker, J. J. & Longmire-Avital, B. (2013). The Impact of Religious Faith and Internalized Homonegativity on Resiliency for Black Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Emerging Adults. Developmental Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/a0031059

Galindo, G.R., Walker, J. J., Hazelton, P., Lane, T., Steward, W.T., Morin, S.F., & Arnold, E.A. (2012). Community member perspectives from transgender women and men who have sex with men on pre-exposure prophylaxis as an HIV prevention strategy: Implications for implementation. Implementation Science, 7 (116), 1-13.  

Walker, J. J., Golub, S. A., Bimbi, D. S., & Parsons, J. T. (2012). Butch Bottom-Femme Top? An exploration of lesbian stereotypes.Journal of Lesbian Studies. DOI:10.1080/10894160.2011.557646

Golub, S .A., Walker, J. J., Longmire-Avital, B., Bimbi, D. S. & Parsons, J. T. (2010). The Role of Religiosity, Social Support, and Stress-Related Growth in Protecting Against HIV Risk among Transgender Women. Journal of Health Psychology.  DOI: 10.1177/1359105310364169

Nanin, J., Osubu, T., Walker, J. J, Powell, B., Powell, D., & Parsons, J. (2009). ‘HIV is still real:’ Perceptions of HIV testing and HIV prevention among black men who have sex with men in New York City. American Journal of Men’s Health. DOI: 10.1177/1557988308315154