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Russell Toomey


Russell is Assistant Research Professor in the T. Denny Sanfrod School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development in May 2011 and completed a postdoctoral training fellowship with the Prevention Research Center at Arizona State University from 2011-2012. Russell’s research primarily focuses on how school, peer, and family contexts contribute to health and well-being for marginalized young people (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender (LGBT) and ethnic minority youth). The driving force behind his research is to improve the lives of young people by identifying the processes that promote well-being and reduce risk.  In addition to his substantive research interests, he is also interested in the use and development of advanced quantitative methodologies, such as longitudinal structural models, multilevel modeling, and interdependent data analysis (such as, social relations modeling). Russell can be contacted at




Research Interests

Recent publications

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Bauman, S., Toomey, R. B., & Walker. J. (in press). Relations among bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide in high school students. Journal of Adolescence.


Brittian, A. S., Toomey, R. B., Gonzales, N. A., & Dumka, L. E. (in press). Perceived discrimination, coping strategies, and Mexican American adolescents’ internalizing and externalizing behaviors: Examining the moderating role of gender and acculturation. Applied Developmental Science.


Carlson, T. S., McGeorge, C. R., & Toomey, R. B. (in press). Establishing the validity of the affirmative training inventory: Assessing the relationships between lesbian, gay, and bisexual affirmative training and students’ competence. Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy.


McGeorge, C. R., Carlson, T. S., & Toomey, R. B. (in press). Establishing the validity of the feminist couple therapy scale: Measuring therapists’ use of feminist practices with heterosexual couples. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.


Russell, S. T., & Toomey, R. B. (in press). Risk and protective factors for suicidal thoughts among sexual minority youth: Evidence from the Add Health study. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health.


Toomey, R. B., Umaña -Taylor, A. J., Jahromi, L. B., & Updegraff, K. A. (in press). Measuring social support from mother-figures in the transition from pregnancy to parenthood among Mexican-origin adolescent mothers. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.


Russell, S. T., & Toomey, R. B. (2012). Men’s sexual orientation and suicide: Evidence for U.S. adolescent-specific risk. Social Science and Medicine, 74, 523-529.


Toomey, R. B., McGuire, J. K., & Russell, S. T. (2012). Heteronormativity, school climates, and safety for gender nonconforming students. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 187-196.


Toomey, R. B., & Russell, S. T. (2012). An initial investigation of sexual minority youth involvement in school-based extracurricular activities. Journal of Research on Adolescence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/j.1532-7795.2012.00830.x


Toomey, R. B., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J. (2012). The role of ethnic identity on self-esteem for ethnic minority youth: A brief review. The Prevention Researcher, 19(2), 13-16.


Russell, S. T., Ryan, C., Toomey, R. B., Diaz, R., & Sanchez, J. (2011). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescent school victimization: Implications for young adult adjustment. Journal of School Health, 81, 223-230.


Toomey, R. B., & Russell, S. T. (2011). Gay-straight alliances, social justice involvement, and school victimization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer youth: Implications for school well-being and future civic engagement. Youth & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0044118X11422546

Toomey, R. B., Ryan, C., Diaz, R., & Russell, S. T. (2011). High school gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and young adult well-being: An examination of GSA presence, participation, and effectiveness. Applied Developmental Science, 15, 175-185.


McGuire, J. K., Anderson, C. R., Toomey, R. B., & Russell, S. T. (2010). School climate for transgender youth: A mixed method investigation of student experiences and school responses. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 1175-1188.


Toomey, R. B., Ryan, C., Diaz, R., Card, N. A., & Russell, S. T. (2010). Gender nonconforming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth:  School victimization and young adult psychosocial adjustment. Developmental Psychology, 46, 1580-1589.


Toomey, R. B., & Richardson, R. A. (2009). Perceived sibling relationships of sexual minority youth. Journal of Homosexuality, 56, 849-860.