Stephen Russell, Ph.D. is Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development and the Department Chair, Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He is affiliated faculty with the Department of Sociology, LGBT Studies, and the Population Research Center. He studies adolescent development, with an emphasis on adolescent sexuality, LGBT youth, and parent-adolescent relationships. Much of his research is guided by a commitment to create social change to support healthy adolescent development. He is most proud of his research that has been used to shape local and state policies and laws for school safety, and his most rewarding work is with trainees. He works with an amazing group of postdoctoral scholars, graduate, and undergraduate students, and he finds supporting their development and learning from them to be the most satisfying part of his job.
Russell has been involved in community and professional organizations throughout his career, including as Human Relations Commissioner in several cities (Durham, NC; Davis, CA; Tucson, AZ), and currently as chair of the Board of Directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). He has been an elected board member of the National Council on Family Relations (2005-2008), and is Past-President of the Society for Research on Adolescence.
In the News:
- Opinion: Supporting LGBTQ students can lead to safer, stronger schools for all (Austin American-Statesman, 9/4/19)
- UT Study Examines Policies to Create Safer Schools for LGBTQ Youth (Spectrum News, 6/18/19)
- LGBTQ Youth Today: Things aren’t as good as they seem (UConn Daily Campus, 3/15/19)
- LGBTQ Youths Are Over-Represented, Have Poorer Outcomes in Child Welfare System (UT News, 2/11/19)
- Being Bullied May Alter the Teen Brain (U.S. News and World Report, 12/27/18)
- Suicidal Thoughts More Common for Transgender Youth (US News and World Report, 9/15/2017)
- Bullying and the Bottom Line (Teaching Tolerance Magazine, Issue 57, Fall 2017)