Monica D. Foust

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Assistant Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: S-633H

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 346-8553

Professor Foust’s research explores the link between the messages individuals receive about (sex)uality and individuals’ sexual attitudes and behaviors. She has examined the link between the messages individuals receive about homosexuality and individuals’ attitudes toward lesbians and gays. She is currently exploring issues related to women’s sexual development, specifically women’s experiences with masturbation.

Prior to working in higher education, Professor Foust was an elementary educator and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practitioner. She worked in schools in Washington, D.C. and New York City.


Sexual Socialization, Attitudes Toward Lesbians, Gays, & Bisexuals


Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

M.S. Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

M.A. Educational Psychology, New York University

B.S. Psychology, Howard University


Courses Taught

PSY 250 (Child Psychology)

Research and Projects


Foust, M., Ward, L.M., Hagelskamp, C., Rowley, S. (2021). Parent and peer messages about homosexuality: Considering the role of gender. Sexuality & Culture 25(2), 597-622.

Fletcher, K., Ward, L. M., Thomas, K., Foust, M., Levin, D., & Trinh, S. (2014). Will it help? Identifying socialization discourses that promote sexual risk and sexual health among African American youth. The Journal of Sex Research. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2013.853724.

Ward, L. M., Reed, L., Trinh, S., & Foust, M. (2014). Sexuality and entertainment in the new millennium. In D. Tolman, L. M. Diamond, J. A. Bauermeister, W.H. George, J.G. Pfaus, & L. M. Ward (Eds.), APA handbook of sexuality and psychology (Vol. 2.) (pp. 373-423). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Evans, A., Banerjee, M., Meyer, R., Aldana, A., Foust, M., & Rowley, S. (2012). Racial socialization as a mechanism for positive development among African American youth. Child Development Perspectives, 6(3), 251-257.

Hughes, D., Hagelskamp, C., Way, N., & Foust, M. (2009). The role of mothers’ and adolescents’ perceptions of ethnic-racial socialization in shaping ethnic-racial identity among early boys and girls. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38(5), 605-626.

Hughes, D., Rivas, D., Foust, M., Hagelskamp, C., Gersick, S., & Way, N. (2008). How to catch a moonbeam: A mixed-methods approach to understanding ethnic socialization processes in ethnically diverse families. In S. Quintana and C. McKown (Eds.), Handbook of race, racism, and the developing child (pp. 226-277). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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