Tyler Lefevor

Tyler Lefevor

Assistant Professor of Psychology

I am a counselor-presenter-researcher and assistant professor in the psychology department. I study the impact of faith, gender, and sexuality on mental health, with the aim to translate research to benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and religious communities. In particular, I am interested in the experiences of LGBTQ and religious individuals in therapy, how LGBTQ people of faith make decisions regarding their faith, sexuality, and gender, and risk/resilience factors among LGBTQ people of faith. I am a licensed psychologist in Tennessee and maintain a small private practice focused on helping individuals resolve conflicts and mental health challenges related to sexuality, gender, and faith. I also provide a range of trainings and workshops surrounding sexual and gender identities, diversity, and inclusion to interested businesses and community groups. If you are interested in continued conversation around any of these themes, feel free to reach out to me or check out my website.

Website: www.tylerlefevor.com


Selected Publications

Lefevor, G. T., Janis, R., & Park, S. Y.* (2017). The impact of client sexual orientation and religious affiliation on therapeutic outcomes. The Counseling Psychologist, 45. IF =1.167

Jones, P. J.*, Park, S.*, & Lefevor, G. T. (In Press). The role of support and academic distress in collegiate anxiety. The Journal of College Counseling.

Ahn, S. A., Lu, M., Lefevor, G. T., Fedewa, A. L., & Celimli, S. (2016). Introduction to multivariate meta-analysis. In N. Myers, & N. Ntoumanis. (Eds.). An Introduction to Intermediate and Advanced Statistical Analyses for Sport and Exercise Scientists. Wiley.

Lefevor, G. T., & Fowers, B. J. (2016). Situational determinism reconsidered: An interactionist approach to the person x situation debate. Personality and Individual Differences, 92, 159-163. IF = 1.946

Fowers, B. J., & Lefevor, G. T. (2015). The inescapability of intersubjectivity in meaning. American Psychologist, 70, 573-574. IF = 5.454

Fowers, B. J., Anderson, A. R., Lefevor, G. T., & Lang, S. F. (2015). Beyond harms: Exploring the individual and shared goods of psychotherapy. The Counseling Psychologist, 43, 380-392. IF = 1.167

Slife, B. D., Reber, J. S., & Lefevor, G. T. (2012). When God truly matters: A theistic approach to psychology, Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 23, 213-237.

*Indicates student coauthor


Selected Academic Presentations

Schow, R., & Lefevor, G. T. (2017, July). Mixed orientation relationships among religious LGBTQ people of faith. Oral presentation to be given at the Annual Sunstone Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Park, S. & Lefevor, G. T. (2016, August). The impact of client sexual orientation and religious affiliation on counseling outcomes. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Lefevor, G. T., Park, S., & Pederson, T. (2016, August). The impact of sexuality, religion, and their intersection on mental health. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Lefevor, G. T, & Williams, J. S. (2016, March). Sexual identity, orientation, behavior, congruence, and psychological distress: Implications for the study of sexuality. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Midwinter meeting of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Salt Lake City, UT.

Lefevor, G. T. (2015, October). Mental health treatment considerations for working with LGBTQIA/SSA Mormons. Paper presented at the Annual Utah University and College Counseling Center Conference, Park City, UT.


Selected Community Workshops and Trainings

Queer, Mormon, and BYU student: A guide for positive mental health.

            Presentation given at Understanding Same Gender Attraction, Provo, UT.

Working with LGBTQ/SSA Mormon clients

            Presentation given to counseling center staff at BYU Counseling Center, Provo, UT.

Living our lives out loud as LGBTQ/SSA Mormons: Addressing internalized homo- and spirituo-negativity

            Presentation given at the Annual Affirmation Conference, Provo, UT.

Introduction to sexual and gender identities and ally development

            Lecture given to Bridge Peer Counseling Class, Stanford, CA.

I’m too sexy for my shirt (to take it off that is): Developing positive body image as a queer person

            Presentation given to the Stanford Graduate Student LGBTQ Association, Stanford, CA.


Postdoctoral Fellowship Stanford University
PH.D. University of Miami, Counseling Psychology
B.S.</strong> Brigham Young University