Professor Herek's work focuses on issues of prejudice and stigma, especially as they apply to sexual orientation and HIV/AIDS. His recent research projects have included studies of sexual prejudice in the US population, the mental health consequences of hate crimes against lesbians and gay men, and the impact of stigma on sexual minorities and people with HIV/AIDS.
In the policy arena, he has contributed extensively to amicus briefs filed by the American Psychological Association (APA) in court cases concerning marriage equality for same-sex couples, sodomy laws, military personnel policy, and other issues. In addition, he has served as a consultant and expert witness for numerous legal cases involving the civil rights of lesbians and gay men and people with AIDS. Recent examples include Perry v. Schwarzenegger, challenging the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, and Massachusetts v. US Dept. of Health and Human Services, challenging the constitutionality of some provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
A Fellow of the APA and the Association for Psychological Science, Professor Herek received the 1996 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest, and the 2006 Kurt Lewin Memorial Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9). In 2010, he received the Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate, and the Distinguished Humanitarian Contribution Award from the California Psychological Association.
For a \list of books, articles, and chapters by Professor Herek, please visit:
- Health Psychology
- Law and Public Policy
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
- Herek, G. M. (1998). Stigma and sexual orientation: Understanding prejudice against lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Herek, G. M., Jobe, J. B., & Carney, R. (1996). Out in force: Sexual orientation and the military. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Herek, G. M. (2010). Sexual orientation differences as deficits: Science and stigma in the history of American psychology. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5, 693-699.
- Herek, G. M. (2009). Hate crimes and stigma-related experiences among sexual minority adults in the United States: Prevalence estimates from a national probability sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24, 54-74.
- Herek, G. M. (2007). Confronting sexual stigma and prejudice: Theory and practice. Journal of Social Issues, 63, 905-925.
- Herek, G. M. (2006). Legal recognition of same-sex relationships in the United States: A social science perspective. American Psychologist, 61, 607-621.
- Herek, G. M. (2004). Beyond "homophobia": Thinking about sexual prejudice and stigma in the twenty-first century. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 1(2), 6-24.
- Herek, G. M. (2002). Gender gaps in public opinion about lesbians and gay men. Public Opinion Quarterly, 66(1), 40-66.
- Herek, G. M. (2000). The psychology of sexual prejudice. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 9, 19-22.
- Herek, G. M., Capitanio, J. P., & Widaman, K. F. (2002). HIV-related stigma and knowledge in the United States: Prevalence and trends, 1991-1999. American Journal of Public Health, 92(3), 371-377.
- Herek, G. M., & Garnets, L. D. (2007). Sexual orientation and mental health. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 3, 353-375.
- Herek, G. M., Gillis, J. R., & Cogan, J. C. (2009). Internalized stigma among sexual minority adults: Insights from a social psychological perspective. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56, 32-43.
- Herek, G. M., Gillis, J. R., & Cogan, J. C. (1999). Psychological sequelae of hate crime victimization among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67, 945-951.
- Herek, G. M., & Gonzalez, M. (2006). Attitudes toward homosexuality among U.S. residents of Mexican descent. Journal of Sex Research, 43(2), 122-135.
- Herek, G. M., Norton, A. T., Allen, T. J., & Sims, C. L. (2010). Demographic, psychological, and social characteristics of self-identified lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults in a US probability sample. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 7, 176-200.
- Herek, G. M., Widaman, K. F., & Capitanio, J. P. (2005). When sex equals AIDS: Symbolic stigma and heterosexual adults’ inaccurate beliefs about sexual transmission of AIDS. Social Problems, 52(1), 15-37.
- Herek, G. M. (2009). Sexual stigma and sexual prejudice in the United States: A conceptual framework. In D. A. Hope (Ed.), Contemporary perspectives on lesbian, gay and bisexual identities: The 54th Nebraska Symposium on Motivation (pp. 65-111). New York: Springer.
- Herek, G. M. (2009). Sexual prejudice. In T. Nelson (Ed.), Handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination (pp. 439-465). New York: Psychology Press.
- Sexual Orientation and Prejudice
- Survey and Questionnaire Research Methods (Graduate)
- Survey and Questionnaire Research Methods (Undergraduate)
- Phone: (530) 752-8085
Gregory M. Herek
Department of Psychology
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616-8686