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Roy Gillis

Roy Gillis
Associate Professor

phone: (416) 978-0679

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

J. ROY GILLIS is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a past recipient of the Teaching and Education Award from Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, of the American Psychological Association. His research interests include developing models of the psychological impact of hate crime victimization and same-sex partner abuse. He has written extensively about the impact of homophobia on society, and conducts research on the teaching of sexual orientation diversity within educational systems. He is also active in health promotion research, especially HIV prevention research, HIV health literacy, and the prevention of classroom bullying. Professor Gillis has published over 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as many chapters in texts. He is active in international gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues, and serves as the representative of the Canadian Psychological Association for the International Network on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Concerns, and Transgender Issues in Psychology. He is also the founding editor of the open-access journal, the Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

Acting Interim Chair, Department of Applied Psychology & Human
Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
Toronto, Ontario, September 1 - present.

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Psychology & Human
Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, July 1, 2011 – present.

Associate Professor, Department of Adult Education and Counselling
Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Cross Appointed,
Women’s Studies (Collaborative Program), University of Toronto,
Toronto, Ontario, July 1, 2009- June 30, 2011.

Teaching Overview

APD3225: Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality and Psychopathology

APD1207: Counselling Topics in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Diversity

APD1202: Theories and Techniques of Counselling

Representative Publications

Gillis, J.R. (2013). Affirming sexual and gender minority identities. PsycCRITIQUES, 58 (22).

Gillis, J.R. & Diamond, S.L. (2012). Dynamics of partner abuse in sexual and gender minority communities. In R. Alaggia & C. Vine (Eds.), Cruel but not unusual: Violence in Canadian families: A sourcebook for educators & practitioners (2nd ed., pp. 213-234).  London, ON: Wilfred Laurier University Press.

Herek, G.H., Gillis, J.R., & Cogan, J.C. (2009). Internalized stigma among sexual minority adults: Insights from a social psychological perspective. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56 (1), 32-43.

Gillis, J.R. (2009). New directions for multicultural discourses in psychology. PsycCRITIQUES, 54(30), 2009, No Pagination Specified

Gillis, J.R., Diamond, S.L., Jebely, P., Orekhovsky, V., Ostovich, E, MacIssac, K., Sagratti, S., & Mandel, D.  (2006). Systemic obstacles to battered women’s participation in the judicial system: When will the status quo change? Violence Against Women, 12, 1150-1168.

Herek, G.M., Cogan, J.C., & Gillis, J.R. (2002). Victim experiences in hate crimes based on sexual orientation. Journal of Social Issues, 58, 319-339.

Herek, G.M., Gillis, J.R., & Cogan, J.C. (1999).  Psychological correlates of hate crime victimization among lesbians, gay, and bisexual adults: The Sacramento Hate Crimes study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67, 945-951.

Research Grants and Contracts

Gillis, J.R. (Principal Investigator). Pathways to HIV health literacy through community advocacy & self-empowerment for HIV+ immigrant, refugee, & non-status women. Canadian Institutes for Health Research. April 2012- March 2014, $ 32,913.

Gillis, J.R. (Principal Investigator) (Timothy, Roberta, co-investigator). The impact of criminalization of non-disclosure of HIV positive status on racialized communities., Ontario HIV Treatment Network, March 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013, $ 5,000.

Gillis, J.R. (Co-applicant) (Kirkland, Susan, Principal Investigator). At the intersection: Healthy aging and HIV comorbidities. Canadian Institutes for Health Research. May 2012- May 2013, $ 10,000.

Gillis, J.R. (Co-applicant) (Rourke, Sean, Principal Investigator). REACH CBR Collaborative Centre in HIV/AIDS, Canadian Institutes for Health Research. July 2012-June 2017, $ 1,500,000.

Gillis, J. R. (Co-Applicant). Rourke, S. (Principal Investigator). CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS (Research Evidence into Action for Community Health). Canadian Institutes of Health Research, HIV/AIDS Population Health and Health Services, $ 2,500,000, December 2008-December 2013.

Honours and Awards

Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training, Division 44
(Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual
Issues), American Psychological Association, August 2004.

Mentor, University Without Walls program, Ontario HIV Treatment
Network, 2010-present.

Professional Activities

member, Canadian Psychological Association

member, International AIDS Society

member, American Psychological Association

member, APA Divisions 9, 38 & 44

Other Information

Professor Gillis will be accepting new graduate students at the Master's and Doctoral level.

For more information, please visit his web page at (Please note: This webpage is currently under construction, and contains some "placeholder" information which is currently being updated.):