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Charlotte J. Patterson

312 Gilmer Hall

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Charlotte J. Patterson is a Professor in the UVA Department of Psychology and in the Center for Children, Families, and the Law, and is Director of UVA’s interdisciplinary program, Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS).  Her research focuses on the psychology of sexual orientation, with an emphasis on sexual orientation, human development, and family lives. In the context of her research, Patterson has worked with children, adolescents, couples, and families; she is best known for her studies of child development in the context of lesbian- and gay-parented families.

Recent Book:
C. J. Patterson & A. R. D’Augelli (Eds.) (2013).  Handbook of psychology and sexual orientation.  New York:  Oxford University Press (due out in October, 2012).
Recent Articles:   
Riskind, R., & Patterson, C. J. (2010).  Parenting intentions and desires among childless lesbian, gay, and heterosexual individuals.  Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 78 - 81.
Farr, R. H., Forssell, S. L., & Patterson, C. J. (2010).  Parenting and child development in adoptive families:  Does parental sexual orientation matter?  Applied Developmental Science, 14, 164 - 178.
Tornello, S. L., Farr, R. H., & Patterson, C. J. (2011).  Predictors of parenting stress among gay fathers.  Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 591 – 600.
Patterson, C. J. (in press).  Sexual Orientation and Family Lives. In G. W. Peterson and K. R. Bush (Eds.), Handbook of Marriage and the Family.  New York:  Springer.  

Farr, R. H., & Patterson, C. J. (in press).  Coparenting among lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples:  Associations with adopted children’s outcomes.  Child Development.