Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Jon Frew, Ph.D., ABPP


Doctoral level psychology students (N = 170) at six Northwestern United States universities were surveyed regarding experiences of perceived heterosexual bias and discrimination in their graduate programs. Instances of bias, discrimination, or both were reported in the following areas: (a) textbooks and other course materials, (b) instructor comments, (c) colleague interactions, (d) and course content. Students were also asked about support for research about sexual minorities and the presence of out faculty. Specific examples are detailed, repercussions discussed, and future directions are suggested.