Janice Habarth, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

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Research: Socially normative attitudes about gender and sexual orientation; gender and sexual minority competencies among healthcare providers; sexual orientation and gender minority stress; social and individual facets of marginalization, stigma, power, and privilege.

PAU Research Lab: Personality & Social Norms

Teaching: research methods and statistics; professional development and mentoring; writing


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan (2008)

B.A., Anthropology, Eastern Michigan University (1996)


Dr. Janice Habarth is an Associate Professor teaching and mentoring clinical psychology doctoral students at Palo Alto University. Her research lab, Personality and Social Norms, is engaged with several projects examining predictors and outcomes associated with attitudes about gender and sexual orientation as well as the assessment of gender and sexual minority competencies among healthcare providers. She also contributes to collaborative projects that She is affiliated with the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research (CLEAR) and faculty advisor for student groups including the Women's Health Alliance and the Psychological Association for Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation at PAU.  Her Heteronormative Attitudes and Beliefs Scale (Habarth 2015) has been used across the U.S. and several additional countries to facilitate the inclusion of internalized social norms about sexual orientation into psychological research in both heterosexual and sexual minority populations.  She also contributed to the development of the Gender Minority Stress and Resilience Scale (Testa, Habarth, Peta, Bockting, & Balsam, 2015), which has been employed across numerous studies to assess social and internalized sources of stress and resilience among trans and gender diverse populations.

Dr. Habarth completed a joint Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan (U-M). Her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Michigan's Institute for Human Adjustment involved two half-time outpatient placements (adult and child/family) as well as a one-year fellowship in bereavement.  As a graduate student, Dr. Habarth also completed a competitive year-long fellowship on the pedagogy.  Through this work, she developed and implemented a first-year writing seminar focusing on students’ written articulation of their own racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation identities.  She further applied diversity and identity-related pedagogical interests through multiple semesters of instructing advanced undergraduate and masters students in a women’s studies group facilitation course.

Following her work at U-M, Dr. Habarth completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology through Michigan State University's Consortium for Advanced Psychology Training (Flint Area Medical Education). During post-doctoral training, she pursued interdisciplinary clinical work as well as research and pedagogical projects. These efforts included pre-surgical evaluations, multidisciplinary assessment clinics, consultation liaison work, mindfulness interventions for chronic illness, medical student wellness research that integrated personality and demographic considerations, and invited talks aimed at increasing medical faculty and residents' competence in attending to patient diversity and psychopathology.

Since 2000, Dr. Habarth has aimed to integrate multicultural responsiveness into her research, clinical training, and pedagogical efforts.  She has worked across graduate clinical training, liberal arts, R-1 university undergraduate, and academic medicine settings.  Her primary research focus is the development and dissemination of research on socially normative attitudes about sexual orientation and gender, with a distal aim of applying findings to better prepare healthcare providers for effective work across diverse populations.

Selected Publications: 

Habarth, J., Makhoulian, S., Nelson, J., Todd, C., & Trafalis, S. (2019).  Beyond simple differences: Moderators of gender differences in heteronormativity. Journal of Homosexuality, 18, 1-28.

Habarth, J., Wickham, R., Holmes, K., Sandoval, M., & Balsam, K. F. (2019). Heteronormativity and women’s psychosocial functioning in heterosexual and same-sex couples. Psychology & Sexuality, 10(3), 185-199.

Habarth, J. (2015). Development of the Heteronormative Attitudes and Beliefs Scale.  Psychology & Sexuality, 6(2), 166-188.

Testa, R. J., Habarth, J., Peta, J., Balsam, K., & Bockting, W. (2015). Development of the Gender Minority Stress and Resilience Measure. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2(1), 65-77.

Bussolari, C., Habarth, J., Phillips, S., Katz, R., & Packman, W. (2018).  Self-compassion, social constraints, and psychosocial outcomes in a recently bereaved pet loss sample.  OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying, 1-20.

Garneau-Fournier, J., Turchik, J., & Habarth, J. (2018).  Factors associated with sexual dysfunction symptoms among veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma.  International Journal of Sexual Health, 30, 28-41.

U-M ADVANCE Project (2007). Assessing the climate for sexual minority doctoral students at the University of Michigan.

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