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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Paul Kwon

Professor, Department of Psychology
Affiliate Professor, Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1996

Contact Information

Office: Johnson Tower 214
Phone: (509) 335-4633
Website: Resilience Lab

I serve as the Diversity Advisor for Graduate Recruitment and Retention for the Department of Psychology. If you are applying to either the clinical or experimental Ph.D. program and have any questions regarding diversity issues in our department or in the community, please contact me and we can schedule a time to speak over the phone. After our conversation, I will also arrange for you to speak with a current graduate student in the department to further address the questions that you have. In addition, if you are currently a graduate student in the department and would like to speak to me about any issues related to diversity, please let me know.

Classes Taught

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

I maintain a part-time private practice in order to contribute to the community and to inform my clinical supervision and teaching. I have provided clinical supervision throughout my career, and currently supervise the beginning practicum sequence for Clinical Ph.D. students.

Research Interests

  • Resilience to stress, particularly among LGBT and ethnic minority persons

See lab page for more information.


Recent publications

Keiser, G. H.*, Kwon, P., & Hobaica, S.* (in press). Sex education inclusivity and sexual minority health: The Perceived Inclusivity of Sex Education Scale. American Journal of Sexuality Education. Available online at

Hobaica, S.*, Schofield, K.*, & Kwon, P. (in press). “Here’s your anatomy… good luck:” Transgender individuals in cisnormative sex education. American Journal of Sexuality Education. Available online at

Kwon, P., Pattinson, M. C., Faust, E.*, Hobaica, S.*, Tse, J.*, Sainz, R.†, Castañeda, C.†, Graham, B. S.†, & Keiser, G. H.* (in press). A resilience intervention to increase academic persistence among undocumented students in higher education. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Available online at

Hobaica, S.*, Alman, A.†, Jackowich, S.†, & Kwon, P. (2018). Empirically-based psychological interventions with sexual minority youth: A systematic review. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 5, 313-323.

Tse, J.*, Kwon, P., & Faust, E.* (2018). Extraversion as a moderator of resilience factors in lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 22, 36-51.

Hobaica, S.*, & Kwon, P. (2017). “This is how you hetero:” Sexual minorities in heteronormative sex education. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 12, 423-450.

Tse, J.*, & Kwon, P. (2017). Extraversion as a moderator for resilience factors among gay men. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 21, 115-131.

Huffaker, L.*, & Kwon, P. (2016). A comprehensive approach to sexual and transgender prejudice. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 28, 195-213.

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.

Marcus, D. K., Sawaqdeh, A.*, & Kwon, P. (2014). The latent structure of generalized anxiety disorder in midlife adults. Psychiatry Research, 215, 366-371.

Chang, E. C., & Kwon, P. (2014). Introduction to a special issue on psychopathology in Asians and the DSM-5. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 7, 66-67.

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

Hurley, D. B.*, & Kwon, P. (2013). Savoring helps most when you have little: Interaction between savoring the moment and uplifts on positive affect and satisfaction with life. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 1261-1271.

Hurley, D. B.*, & Kwon, P. (2012). Results of a study to increase savoring the moment: Differential impact on positive and negative outcomes. Journal of Happiness Studies, 13, 579-588.

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.

* indicates graduate student co-author

† indicates undergraduate student co-author

Complete list of publications