Peter McCauley

Graduate Assistant

Peter McCauley is a third year PhD student in the department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Connecticut. He earned his B.A. in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, he was a research assistant in Dr. Christia Brown’s Social Inequalities in Development Lab and completed an honors thesis examining how gender typicality and sexual prejudice shaped late adolescents’ perpetration of gender-based harassment. His research interests center around LGBTQ+ youth’s experiences with biased-based harassment, how such experiences shape identity disclosure processes, and modifiable interpersonal (e.g., friendship, reception of defending behaviors) and environmental factors (e.g., school resources) that can be leveraged to buffer against the emotional and academic impacts of such experiences.

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