Lanice Avery

Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Psychology

Office Address

Gilmer 306


Dr. Avery’s has a joint faculty appointment in the Departments of Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her overarching research interests are at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and mainstream media. Specifically, she is interested in Black women’s intersectional identities and how the negotiation of dominant gender ideologies and racial stereotypes are associated with adverse psychological and sexual health outcomes. Currently, she has three lines of research that focus on understanding the structural and sociocultural determinants of health inequalities for multiply marginalized populations. First, she examines the physical and mental health consequences associated with internalizing constraining feminine beauty and body standards. A second line focuses on the role of popular media in gendered-racial identity development and the socialization of intimate injustice. Finally, her work interrogates how gendered-racism and racial stereotypes impact Black women's self-esteem, sense of belonging, and experiences of interpersonal relationships. Taken together, the primary aim of Dr. Avery’s research is to promote healthy gender and sexual development among socially marginalized and stigmatized groups. She runs the Research on Intersectionality, Sexuality, and Empowerment (RISE) Lab at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Avery will be on leave during the 2021-2022 academic year and is not accepting new students for the doctoral program in Community Psychology. However, she is looking to recruit highly motivated undergraduate students for the RISE Lab in the Fall 2021. Interested parties should contact her directly at to apply.    


Avery, L. R., Stanton, A. G., Ward, L. M., Cole, E. R., Trinh, S. L., & Jerald, M. C. (2021). "Pretty hurts": Acceptance of hegemonic beauty ideals and reduced sexual well-being among Black Women. Body Image, 38, 181-190. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.04.004

Avery, L. R., & Stanton, A. G. (2020). Subverting the mandates of our methods: Tensions and considerations for incorporating reproductive justice frameworks into psychological science. Journal of Social Issues, 76, 447-455. doi: 10.1111/josi.12386

Ward, L. M., Jerald, M., Avery, L., & Cole, E. R. (2020). Following their lead? Connecting mainstream media use to Black women’s gender beliefs and sexual agency. The Journal of Sex Research, 1-13doi:10.1080/00224499.2018.1554741

Jerald, M. C., Cole, E. R., Ward, L. M., & Avery, L. R. (2017). Controlling images: How awareness of group stereotypes affects Black women’s well-being. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64, 487-499. doi: 10.1037/cou0000233

Stanton, A. G., Jerald, M. C., Ward, L. M., & Avery, L. R. (2017). Social media contributions to strong Black woman ideal endorsement and Black women’s mental health. Psychology of Women Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0361684317732330

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