Kyle Simon

  • Developmental Graduate Student
  • Psychology
Bowman Hall 103
Research Interests:

B.A., major in Psychology and Genetics, Ohio Wesleyan University.

Graduate Training
Research Interests

Broadly my research interests focus on how we as diverse individuals come to conceptualize sexual identity in various ecological contexts particularly family life. Understanding the ways in which we come to create narratives for ourselves as well as the ways in which others view and perceive our identities is my primary interest. A major facet of my research looks at how lesbian and gay parents socialize their children around aspects of diversity (e.g., their own sexual minority status, adoption status, racial-ethnic identity). A new collaboration with Dr. Lee (University of Minnesota) focuses on how parents who have adopted internationally talk with their children about their identities (i.e., racial-ethnic socialization) and associated behavioral and academic outcomes. I am also working with Drs. Tornello (Penn State University) and Bos (University of Amsterdam) to explore how bisexual, lesbian, and heterosexual women understand and imagine future parenthood (e.g., parenting and professional intentions, perceived life changes).  Finally, I work with Dr. Will Gervais and Sarah Schiavone (University of Kentucky) on prototyping the meaning of the words Queer, Bisexual, and feminist, as well as sentiment analyses of LGBTQ+ individuals on social media.

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