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Jae Puckett

Assistant Professor

PhD, Clinical Psychology , University of Massachusetts Boston , 2014
MS, Clinical Psychology , Barry University , 2009
BA, Psychology , University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2007

Research Statement

My research documents experiences of stigma and marginalization encountered by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and the negative health outcomes of prejudice using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches. Although my work has broadly focused on the LGBTQ community, my primary focus is on the lived experiences of transgender and gender diverse individuals. My research seeks to provide a nuanced understanding of the mechanisms and processes that underlie the production of health disparities that exist for these communities, as well as strategies for coping and being resilient in the face of the adverse life events that transgender and gender diverse people frequently encounter. 

More information about my research can be found on my lab's website: https://www.trans-ilience.com/ 

Related Programs

Selected Publications

  • Puckett, J. A., Horne, S. G., Levitt, H. M., and Reeves, T.
    Out in the country: Rural sexual minority mothers
    2011, Journal of Lesbian Studies, 15:176-186
  • Levitt, H. M., Puckett, J. A., Ippolito, M. R., and Horne, S. G
    Sexual minority women’s gender identity and expression: Challenges and supports
    2012, Journal of Lesbian Studies, 16:153-176
  • Horne, S. G., Puckett, J. A., Apter, R. A., and Levitt, H. M.
    Positive psychology and LGBTQ populations
    2014, In J. T. Pedrotti & L. M. Edwards (Eds.), Perspectives on the Intersection of Multiculturalism & Positive Psychology189-202
  • Horne, S. G., Levitt, H. M., Sweeney, K. K., Puckett, J. A., and Hampton, M. L.
    African American gay family networks: An entry point for HIV prevention
    2015, Journal of Sex Research, 52:807-820
  • Levitt, H. M., Horne, S. G., Puckett, J. A., Sweeney, K. K., and Hampton, M. L.
    Gay families: Challenging racial and sexual/gender minority stressors through social support
    2015, Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 11:173-202
  • Puckett, J. A., Woodward, E. N., Mereish, E. H., and Pantalone, D. W.
    Parental rejection following sexual orientation disclosure: Impact on internalized homophobia, social support, and mental health
    2015, LGBT Health, 2:265-269
  • Rood, B. A., Puckett, J. A., Pantalone, D. W., and Bradford, J. B.
    Predictors of suicidal ideation in a statewide sample of transgender individuals
    2015, LGBT Health, 2:270-275
  • Puckett, J. A., Levitt, H. M., Horne, S. G., and Hayes-Skelton, S. A.
    Internalized heterosexism and psychological distress: The mediating roles of self-criticism and community connectedness
    2015, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2:426-435
  • Puckett, J. A., and Levitt, H. L.
    Internalized stigma within sexual and gender minorities: Change strategies and clinical implications
    2015, Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 9:329-349
  • Levitt, H. M., Minami, T., Greenspan, S., Puckett, J. A., Henretty, J. R., Reich, C., and Berman, J. S.
    How therapist self-disclosure relates to alliance and outcomes: A naturalistic study
    2016, Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 26:7-28
  • Pantalone, D. W., Puckett, J. A., and Gunn, H. A.
    Psychosocial factors and HIV prevention among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men
    2016, Social and Personality Compass, 10:109-122
  • Mustanski, B., Andrews, R., and Puckett, J. A.
    The effects of cumulative victimization on mental health among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescents and young adults
    2016, American Journal of Public Health, 106:527-533
  • Macapagal, K., Coventry, R., Puckett, J. A., Phillips, G., and Mustanski, B.
    Geosocial networking app use among men who have sex with men in serious partnerships
    2016, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45:1513-1524
  • Puckett, J. A., Newcomb, M. E., Garofalo, R., and Mustanski, B.
    The impact of victimization and neuroticism on mental health in young men who have sex with men: Internalized homophobia as an underlying mechanism
    2016, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 13:193-201
  • Rood, B. A., Reisner, S. L., Surace, F. I., Puckett, J. A., Maroney, M. R., and Pantalone, D. W.
    Expecting rejection: Understanding the minority stress experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals
    2016, Transgender Health, 1:151-164
  • Puckett, J. A., Surace, F., Levitt, H. M., and Horne, S. G.
    Sexual orientation identity in relation to minority stress and mental health in sexual minority women
    2016, LGBT Health, 3:350-356
  • Puckett, J. A., Mereish, E. H., Levitt, H. M., Horne, S. G., and Hayes-Skelton, S. A.
    Internalized heterosexism and psychological distress: The moderating effects of decentering
    2018, Stigma & Health, 3:9-15
  • Puckett, J. A., Maroney, M., Levitt, H. M., and Horne, S. G.
    Relations between gender expression, minority stress, and mental health in cisgender sexual minority women and men
    2016, Psychology of Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity, 3:489-498
  • Puckett, J. A., Horne, S. G., Surace, F., Carter, A., Noffsinger-Frazier, N., Shulman, J., Detrie, P., Ervin, A., and Mosher, C.
    Predictors of sexual minority youth's reported suicide attempts and mental health
    2017, Journal of Homosexuality, 64:697-715
  • Puckett, J. A., Horne, S. G., Herbitter, C., Maroney, M. R., and Levitt, H. M.
    Differences across contexts: Minority stress and interpersonal relationships for lesbian, gay, and bisexual women
    2017, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 41:8-19
  • Puckett, J. A., Newcomb. M., Ryan, D., Garofalo, R., and Mustanski, B.
    Internalized and perceived stigma: A validation study of the constructs in a sample of young men who have sex with men
    2017, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 14:1-16
  • Puckett, J. A., Newcomb, M., Garofalo, R., and Mustanski, B.
    Examining the conditions under which internalized homophobia is associated with substance use and condomless sex in young MSM: The moderating role of impulsivity
    2017, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 51:567-577
  • Puckett, J. A., Feinstein, B. A., Newcomb, M. E., and Mustanski, B.
    Trajectories of internalized heterosexism among young men who have sex with men
    2018, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47:872-889
  • Rood, B. A., Reisner, S. L., Puckett, J. A., Surace, F. I., Berman, A. K., and Pantalone, D. W.
    Internalized transphobia: Exploring perceptions of social messages in transgender and gender nonconforming adults
    2017, International Journal of Transgenderism, 18:411-426
  • Puckett, J. A., Cleary, P., Rossman, K., Mustanski, B., and Newcomb. M.
    Barriers to gender-affirming care for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals
    2018, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 15:48-59
  • Rood, B. A., Maroney, M. R., Berman, A. K., Puckett, J. A., Reisner, S. L., and Pantalone, D. W.
    Identity concealment in transgender adults: A qualitative examination of minority stress and gender affirmation
    2017, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87:704-713
  • Puckett, J. A., Barr, S. M., Wadsworth, L. P., and Thai, J.
    Considerations for clinical work and research with transgender and gender diverse individuals
    2018, the Behavior Therapist, 41:253-262
  • Fox Tree-McGrath, C. A., Puckett, J. A., Reisner, S. L., and Pantalone, D. W.
    Sexuality and gender affirmation in transgender men who have sex with cisgender men
    2018, International Journal of Transgenderism
  • Puckett, J. A., Wolff, J., Gunn, H. A., Woodward, E., and Pantalone, D. W.
    An investigation of religion and spirituality of sexual minorities in the United States: Exploring perceptions, intrinsic religiosity, and outness to religious communities
    2018, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 28:145-161
  • Macapagal, K., Feinstein, B. A., Puckett, J. A., and Newcomb, M. E.
    2GETHER: A healthy sexuality and relationship education program for young sexual minority male couples
    2018, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice
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