College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology

Paul Kwon

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1996

Contact Information:

Office: Johnson Tower 214
Phone: (509) 335-4633


Personal Web Page

Classes Taught:

  • Psychology 350: Social Psychology
  • Psychology 440: Clinical/Community Psychology
  • Psychology 546: Counseling Services Practicum
  • Psychology 552: Diversity Issues in Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Resilience to stress, particularly among gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons
  • Diversity Issues

Broadly speaking, my major research interest is in examining how people cope with stress in their lives, addressing the question of why some people are able to adapt to difficult situations more easily than others. I am particularly interested in examining how resilience variables, such as hope, can influence how individuals from stigmatized groups (such as sexual minorities and ethnic minorities) cope with environmental stressors. I recently developed a theoretical framework for resilience in lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals (Personality and Social Psychology Review, 2013).

See Personal Web Page for more information.

Selected Publications:

Kwon, P. (in press). Resilience in lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Personality and Social Psychology Review.

Kwon, P., & Hugelshofer, D. S. (2012). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual speaker panels lead to attitude change among heterosexual college students. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 24, 62-79.

Hurley, D. B., & Kwon, P. (2012). Results of a study to increase savoring the moment: Differential impact on positive and negative outcomes. Journal of Happiness Studies, 13, 579-588.

Kwon, P., & Hugelshofer, D. S. (2010). The protective role of hope for lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals facing a hostile workplace climate. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 14, 3-18.

Olson, M. L., & Kwon, P. (2008). Brooding perfectionism: Refining the roles of rumination and perfectionism in the etiology of depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 32, 788-802.

Kwon, P. (2002). Hope, defense mechanisms, and adjustment: Implications for false hope and defensive hopelessness. Journal of Personality, 70, 63-87.

Kwon, P., & Lemon, K. (2000). Attributional style and defense mechanisms: A synthesis of cognitive and psychodynamic factors in depression. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 56, 723-735.

   Paul Kwon
Department of Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-4820, 509-335-2631, Contact Us