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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Paul Kwon


Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1996

Contact Information

Office: Johnson Tower 214
Phone: (509) 335-4633
Website: Personal Web Page

Classes Taught

  • Psychology 350: Social Psychology
  • Psychology 440: Clinical/Community Psychology
  • Psychology 546: Counseling Services Practicum
  • Psychology 552: Diversity Issues in Psychology

Research Interests

  • Resilience to stress, particularly among gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons
  • Diversity Issues

Dr. Kwon will be accepting a graduate student for Fall 2017 admissions.

Broadly speaking, my major research interest is in examining how people cope with stress in their lives, addressing the question of why some people are able to adapt to difficult situations more easily than others. I am particularly interested in examining how resilience variables, such as hope, can influence how individuals from stigmatized groups (such as sexual minorities and ethnic minorities) cope with environmental stressors. I recently developed a theoretical framework for resilience in lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals (Personality and Social Psychology Review, 2013).

I currently serve as an Associate Editor for Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, the journal for Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues) of the American Psychological Association.

See Personal Web Page for more information.

Selected Publications

Kwon, P., Birrueta, M., Faust, E., & Brown, E. R. (2015). The role of hope in preventive interventions. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9, 696-704.

Eichner, K. V., Kwon, P., & Marcus, D. K. (2014). Optimists or optimistic? A taxometric study of optimism. Psychological Assessment, 26, 1056-1061.

Kwon, P. (2013). Resilience in lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 17, 371-383.

Kwon, P., & Hugelshofer, D. S. (2012). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual speaker panels lead to attitude change among heterosexual college students. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 24, 62-79.

Kwon, P., & Hugelshofer, D. S. (2010). The protective role of hope for lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals facing a hostile workplace climate. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 14, 3-18.

Paul Kwon

Washington State University