Emma Fredrick is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University. Emma is currently working on her dissertation, which is exploring bisexual-specific microaggressions. Broadly, her work is interested in understanding how stigma leads to health disparities for sexual and gender minorities. Her Master’s Thesis explored identity characteristics, such as centrality of sexuality, as buffers against the negative psychological outcomes of public stigma experiences for lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012, where she completed an undergraduate thesis on the sexual double standard. Currently, in addition to her dissertation, Emma works in the Social Issues and Relations Lab with Dr. Stacey Williams where they focus broadly on stigma and health disparities, particularly within the LGBTQQIAPD+ community.
Beyond her academic work, Emma currently serves as vice-president of experimental concentration for the Graduate Student Association in Psychology at ETSU and is a liaison to the Psychology faculty on behalf of the graduate students. Additionally, Emma is the Graduate Advisor to H.E.R.O.E.S., the queer-straight alliance on campus. Beyond the university, Emma is on the board for the Intermountain Psychological Association and has just completed a one-year term on the APA Division 35, Section IV (LGB Concerns) graduate student committee.
In her free time, Emma takes photographs, writes, reads (mostly fantasy and modern fiction), catches up on all the latest TV shows (thank you, Netflix and Hulu), and spends time with her family, friends, and two adorable cats.