David Frost

Dr David Frost

Senior Lecturer in Social and Health Psychology



Originally from New York, I completed my PhD in Social and Personality Psychology at the City University of New York in 2009. Prior to joining the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey, I held faculty positions in Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University and in Population and Family Health at Columbia University.

Research interests

My research and teaching interests sit at the intersections of close relationships, stress, stigma, and health. My primary line of research focuses on how stigma, prejudice, and discrimination constitute minority stress and, as a result, affect the health and well-being of marginalized individuals. I also study how couples psychologically experience intimacy within long-term romantic relationships and how their experience of intimacy affects their health. These two lines of research combine within recent projects examining same-sex couples' experiences of stigmatization and the resulting impact on their relational, sexual, and mental health.

Research collaborations

Project SHARe (Co-Investigator): http://www.projectshare.sfsu.edu

The Generations Study (Co-Investigator): http://www.generations-study.com

Project Affirm (Co-Investigator): http://projectaffirm.org

What's Your Issue? http://whatsyourissue.org


Module Convenor for Social Change and Influence (PSYM013)

Lecturer in Health Psychology (PSY3073)

Departmental duties

MSc Health Programme Director

Final Year Tutor

Dissertation Tutor


American Psychological Association

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

My publications


Full list of publications available at: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=-VxzwUkAAAAJ&hl=en

Journal Articles

Frost, D. M., LeBlanc, A. J., de Vries, B.,Alston-Stepnitz, E., Stephenson, R., & Woodyatt, C. (in press). Couple-level minority stress: An examination of same-sex couples' unique experiences. Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Levitt, H. M., Bamberg, M., Cresswell, J. W., Frost, D. M., Josselson, R., & Suárez-Orozco, C. (in press). Journal Article Reporting Standards for Qualitative Research in Psychology: The APA Publications and Communications Board Task Force Report. American Psychologist. DOI: 10.1037/amp0000151

Frost, D. M., McClelland, S. I., & Dettmann, M. (in press). Sexual closeness discrepancies: What they are and why they matter for sexual well-being in romantic relationships. Archives of Sexual Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-017-0960-2

de Vries, B., LeBlanc, A. J., Frost, D. M., Alston-Stepnitz, E., Stephenson, R., & Woodyatt, C. R. (in press). The relationship timeline: A method for the study of shared lived experiences in relational contexts. Advances in Life Course Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.alcr.2016.07.002

Scandurra, C., Amodeo, A. L., Valerio, P., & Frost, D. M. (in press). Psychometric characteristics of the transgender identity survey in an Italian sample: A measure to assess positive and negative feelings towards transgender identity. International Journal of Transgenderism. DOI: 10.1080/15532739.2016.1241975

Frost, D. M., & Fingerhut, A. W. (2016). Daily exposure to negative campaign messages decreases same-sex couples' psychological and relational well-being. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 19, 477-492.

Frost, D. M., Rubin, J. D., & Darcangelo, N. (2016). Making meaning of significant events in past relationships: Implications for mental health among newly single individuals. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 33, 938-960.

Frost, D. M., Meyer, I. H., & Schwartz, S. (2016). Social support networks among diverse sexual minority populations. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86, 91 - 102.

Frost, D. M. & Gola, K. (2015). Meanings of intimacy: A comparison of members of heterosexual and same-sex couples. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 15, 382—400.

Frost, D. M., Lehavot, K., Meyer, I. H. (2015). Minority stress and physical health among sexual minority individuals. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 1-8.

LeBlanc, A. J., Frost, D. M., & Wight, R. (2015). Minority stress and stress proliferation among same-sex and other marginalized couples. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77, 40-59.

Frost, D. M., Meyer, I. H., & Hammack, P. L. (2015). Health and well-being in emerging adults' same-sex relationships: Critical questions and directions for research in developmental science. Emerging Adulthood, 3, 3-13.

Frost, D. M. & LeBlanc, A. J. (2014). Nonevent stress contributes to mental health disparities based on sexual orientation: Evidence from a personal projects analysis. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84, 557-566.

Frost, D. M. (2014). Redemptive framings of minority stress: Implications for closeness in same-sex relationships. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 13, 219-239.

Frost, D. M., & Eliason, M. (2014). Challenging the assumption of fusion in female same-sex relationships. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38, 65-74.

Frost, D. M., & Forrester, C. (2013). Closeness discrepancies in romantic relationships: Implications for relational well-being, stability, and mental health. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 456 - 469.

Frost, D. M. (2013). The narrative construction of intimacy and affect in relationship stories: Implications for relationship quality and mental health. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 247-269.

Swank, E., Fahs, B., & Frost, D. M. (2013). Region, social identities, and disclosure practices as predictors of heterosexist discrimination against sexual minorities in the United States. Sociological Inquiry, 83, 238-258.

Swank, E., Frost, D. M., & Fahs, B. (2012). Rural location and exposure to minority stress among sexual minorities. Psychology & Sexuality, 3(3), 226-243.

Frost, D. M., & Meyer, I. H. (2012). Measuring community connectedness among diverse sexual minority populations. Journal of Sex Research, 48(1), 36-49.

Frost, D. M. (2011a). Similarities and differences in the pursuit of intimacy among sexual minority and heterosexual individuals: A personal projects analysis. Journal of Social Issues, 67(2), 282-301.

Frost, D. M. (2011b). Social stigma and its consequences for the socially stigmatized. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5(11), 824-839.

Frost, D. M. (2011c). Stigma and intimacy in same-sex relationships: A narrative approach. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(1), 1 - 10.

Frost, D. M., & Ouellette, S. C. (2011). A search for meaning: Recognizing the potential of narrative research in social policy-making efforts. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 8(3), 151-161.

Kertzner, R. M., Meyer, I. H., Frost, D. M., & Stirratt, M. J. (2009). Social and psychological well-being in lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals: The effects of race, gender, age, and sexual identity. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79, 500-510.

Frost, D. M., & Meyer, I. H. (2009). Internalized homophobia and relationship quality among lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56, 97-109.

Frost, D. M., Stirratt, M. J., & Ouellette, S. C. (2008). Understanding why gay men seek HIV seroconcordant partners: Intimacy and risk reduction motivations. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 10(5), 513-527.

Meyer, I. H., Schwartz, S., & Frost, D. M. (2008). Social patterning of stress and coping: Does disadvantaged social status confer excess exposure and fewer coping resources? Social Science & Medicine, 67, 368-379.

Book Chapters

Meyer, I. H., & Frost, D. M., & Nezhad, S. (2015). Minority stress and suicide risk in lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. In P. Goldblum, D. L. Espelage, J. Chu, & B. Bongar (Eds.) Youth Suicide and Bullying: Challenges and Strategies for Prevention and Intervention (pp. 177-187). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

McClelland, S. I., Frost, D. M. (2014). Sexuality and social policy. In D. Tolman & L. Diamond (Eds.) APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology (pp. 311-337). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Frost, D. M.. McClelland, S. I., Clark, J. B., & Boylan, E. A. (2014). Phenomenological research methods in the psychological study of sexuality. In D. Tolman & L. Diamond (Eds.) APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology (pp. 121-141). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Meyer, I. H., & Frost, D. M. (2013). Minority stress and the health of sexual minorities. In C. J. Patterson & A. R. D'Augelli (Eds.) Handbook of psychology and sexual orientation (pp. 252-266). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Little, B. R., & Frost, D. M. (2013). Aspects of love: Connecting, romancing, and caring. In M. Hojjat & D. Cramer (Eds.) Positive Psychology of Love (pp. 162 - 176). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Ouellette, S. C., & Frost, D. M. (2006). The possibilities of personality psychology and persons for the study of health. In M. Vollrath (Ed.) Handbook of Personality and Health (pp. 235 - 255). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Commentaries, Editorials, & Reviews

Frost, D. M. (2014). Markers of quality and best practices in qualitative inquiry: Introduction to the special section. Qualitative Psychology, 1, 47-48.

Frost, D. M., & de Vries, B. (2011). Narrative research, sexuality, and social policy. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 8(3), 147-150.

Frost, D. M., & Ouellette, S. C. (2004). Meaningful voices: How psychologists, speaking as psychologists, can inform social policy. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 4(1), 219-226.