Adrian J. Villicana (Dr. V), PhD

He/They, Associate Professor


Dr. Villicana’s research is generally in identity, social cognition, and social issues. He considers himself an identity researcher where he investigates how our social identities (like race, gender, sexual orientation) influence our thoughts, behaviors, and interpersonal interactions. Moreover, a critical aspect of his approach is to consider intersections of identities. He applies the latter perspective to his work to contribute to the dismantling of the androcentric, ethnocentric, and heterocentric knowledge that is primarily represented in the psychological literature.

Research Interests

  • identity, prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, intergroup relations, allyship, intersectionality, perceptions of neurodivergence (new interest)

Current Courses

PSY 240, PSY 307, PSY 346

Selected Publications

Delucio, K., & Villicana, A.J., & Biernat, M. (2021). Verbal disclosure and mental health among gay Latino and gay White men. The Counseling Psychologis, 50(2), 241-274. doi: 10.1177/00110000211051325.

Delucio, K. & Villicana, A.J. (2021). Intersectionality as an analytic sensibility in cultural research. In K. McLean (Ed.), Cultural methodologies in psychology: Capturing and transforming cultures. Oxford University Press.

Villicana, A.J., Rivera, L.M., & Garcia, D.M. (2017). When one’s group is beneficial: The effect of group-affirmation and subjective group identification on prejudice. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1368430217690907

Villicana, A.J., Garcia, D.M., & Biernat, M. (2017). Gender and parenting: Effects of parenting failures on evaluations of mothers and fathers. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 20(6), 867-878. doi: 10.1177/1368430215615683

Villicana, A.J., Delucio, K., Biernat, M. (2016). “Coming out” among gay Latino and gay White men: Implications of verbal disclosure for well-being. Self and Identity, 15, 468-487, doi: 10.1080/15298868.2016.1156568