Salvatore Ioverno

Postdoctoral Fellow | CV

Salvatore Ioverno is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from Sapienza University in Rome with Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2016.

He started his career studying the well-being of children raised by same-sex couples and the social attitudes toward same-sex parenting in Italy. He collaborated on different studies on sexual orientation and gender identity topics, such as explicit and implicit homonegative attitudes and the role of coming out and internalized sexual stigma in LGB people’s well-being and mental health.

Along with these studies, he was involved in one of the first city-based research-interventions on homophobic bullying in Rome, the lecosecambiano@roma project.  Since then, he has focused part of his research on practices and interventions to prevent bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity at school.

Areas of Interest

  • Victimization and bullying on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Same-sex parenting and well-being of children raised by same-sex couples
  • Social beliefs and attitudes toward sexual minority people and their rights

Current Research

Salvatore’s current research at the University of Texas at Austin focuses on how school policies may influence school climate and safety for sexual minority students and how they may mitigate well-being and academic achievement disparities based on sexual orientation and gender identity. For his studies, Salvatore will use data on school policies, and student reports of bullying experiences and perceived school climate across high schools in California.

Selected Publications

Ioverno, S., Carone, N., Lingiardi, V., Nardelli, N., Pagone, P., Pistella, J., … & Baiocco, R. (2017). Assessing prejudice toward two-father parenting and two-mother parenting: The beliefs on same-sex parenting scale. The Journal of Sex Research, 1-12. DOI : 10.1080/00224499.2017.1348460

Ioverno, S., Belser, A. B., Baiocco, R. Grossman, A. H., & Russell, S. T. (2016). The Protective Role of Gay-Straight Alliances for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Students: A Prospective Analysis. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Ioverno, S., Baiocco, R., Nardelli, N., Orfano, I, Lingiardi, V. (2016). Contrasting the homophobic bullying within the Italian schools: the “itgetsbetter@rome” project experience. S. Russell & S. Horn (Eds). Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Schooling: The Nexus of Research Practice and Policy. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

Russell, S. T., Day, J. K., Ioverno, S., & Toomey, R. B. (2015). Are school policies focused on sexual orientation and gender identity associated with less bullying? Teachers’ perspectives. Journal of School Psychology, 4, 28-38 doi:

Selected Presentations

Ioverno, S., Pistella, J., Salvati., M. & Baiocco, R. (2017, August). Implicit and Explicit Attitudes toward Same-Sex Parenting among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Heterosexual People. In S. Russell (chair), Homophobia, Minority Stress, and Well-being of Sexual Minorities. Paper to present at the 18th European Conference of Developmental Psychology, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Ioverno, S., Baiocco, R., Russell, S. T, Nappa, M., Nardelli, N. & Lingiardi, V. (2017, April). Homophobic Victimization in Italian Schools: Factors Contributing to School Climates for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students. In L. Baams (chair), An International Examination of Bullying Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender in School: Economics, Consequences, and Solutions. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennal Meeting, Austin, TX, USA.

Ioverno, S., DeLay, D., Martin, C. L., & Hanish. L., D. (2017, April). Motives for Bullying Gender-Atypical Peers During Early Adolescence: Considering the Impact of a Bully’s Gender Identity. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennal Meeting, Austin, TX, USA.

Ioverno, S., Belser, A., Grossman, A., Russell, S.T. (2016, April). Gay-Straight Alliances and Safety at School: A Longitudinal Analysis. Paper presented at the Society of Research on Adolescence, Baltimore (MD), USA.