Adam Fingerhut, Ph.D.




Assistant Professor

Office: University Hall 4724
Telephone: (310) 258-8637


B.A., Psychology, Stanford University, 1996
M.A., Psychology, UCLA, 2003
Ph.D., Psychology, UCLA, 2007

Specialty/Areas of Interest:

Social Psychology, Intergroup Relationships, Health Psychology

Brief Bio:

Using a variety of research methods including experiments, surveys and daily diaries, my research examines the interplay between majority and minority groups. My research addresses two broad questions: 1) How are minority group members affected by their minority identity and social status; and 2) What factors affect how majority group members perceive and interact with individuals from minority social groups?

My research has been funded by The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy.

Recent Publications:

Fingerhut, A. W., & Peplau, L. A.(2012). Same-sex romantic relationships.  In C. J. Patterson & A. R. D’Augelli (Eds.), Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation (pp. 165-178). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Fingerhut, A. W. (2011). Straight allies: What predicts heterosexuals’ alliance with the LGBT community? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 2230–2248.

Fingerhut, A. W., Riggle, E. D. B., & Rostosky, S. S. (2011). Marriage amendments and the same-sex marriage debate: The social, psychological, and policy implications. Journal of Social Issues, 67, 225-241.

Ghavami, N., Fingerhut, A. W., Peplau, L. A., Grant, S. K. & Wittig, M. A. (2011). Testing a model of minority identity achievement, identity affirmation and psychological well-being among ethnic minority and sexual minority individuals. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Populations, 17, 79–88.

Kahn, K., & Fingerhut, A. W. (2011) Essentialist thinking and the expression of homophobia. Psychology and Sexuality, 2, 137-146.

Maisel, N. C., & Fingerhut, A. W. (2011). California’s ban on same-sex marriage: The campaign and its effects on gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals.  Journal of Social Issues, 67, 242-263.

Fingerhut, A. W., & Maisel, N. C. (2010). Relationship formalization and individual and relationship well-being among same-sex couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 956-969.

Fingerhut, A. W., Peplau, L. A., & Gable, S. L. (2010). Identity, minority stress and mental health among gay men and lesbians. Psychology and Sexuality, 1, 101-114.

Director of:

The Psychology Early Awareness Program

Honors & Awards:

Michele Alexander Early Career Award from APA Division 9