Lanice Avery

Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Psychology

Office Address

Gilmer B010


My overarching research interests are at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and

mainstream media. Specifically, I am interested in Black women’s intersectional identity and

how the negotiation of dominant gender ideologies and cultural stereotypes are associated with

adverse psychological and sexual health outcomes. Currently, I have three lines of research that

focus on understanding how gender-based psychological and sociocultural

factors inform the sexual beliefs, experiences, and health practices of young Black women: (1)

the health consequences associated with negotiating paradoxical expectations to perform

hegemonic femininity (e.g., nurturing, submissive, communal) and stoicism (e.g., strong Black

woman/superwoman stereotype); (2) the role of popular media in the socialization of

disempowering gender, sex, and romantic relationship beliefs; and, (3) how the idealization of

narrow feminine beauty and body standards contribute to adverse emotional (e.g., feelings of

guilt and shame), cognitive (e.g., body surveillance and dissatisfaction), and behavioral (e.g.,

sexual risk management, efficacy, pleasure, and assertiveness) experiences during sexual intimacy. Taken

together, the primary aim of this work is to promote healthy gender and sexual development

among socially marginalized and stigmatized groups.

Representative Publications

Avery, L. R., Ward, L. M., Moss, L., & Üsküp, D. (2016). Tuning gender: Representations of

femininity and masculinity in popular music by Black artists. Journal of Black Psychology.

Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0095798415627917

Goldey, K. L., Avery, L. R., & van Anders, S. M. (2014). Sexual fantasies and gender/sex: A

multimethod approach with quantitative content analysis and hormonal responses. The Journal of

Sex Research, 51, 917-931. doi:10.1080/00224499.2013.798611

Cole, E. R., Avery, L. R., Dodson, C., & Goodman, K. D. (2012). Against nature: How

arguments about the naturalness of marriage privilege heterosexuality. Journal of Social Issues,

68, 46-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2012.01735.x