Zyra Evangelista

Email: z.evangelista.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Twitter: @evangelista_zy

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6980-8281

Research title: Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for LGBT+ in Higher Education

Research Summary

My primary research interest is in LGBT+ psychology. I'm particularly interested in understanding anti-LGBT+ prejudice and its impact on LGBT+ identity development and well-being. My PhD project involves a comparative campus climate study on LGBT+ university students in the UK and Philippines.


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Newton Fund PhD grant (ID #332415646) under the Newton-Agham partnership (Newton-CHED PhD Scholarship Programme)

  • Funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Philippine Commission on Higher Education and delivered by the British Council




Evangelista, Z. M. (2021, July). Modern anti-LGBT+ prejudice & social identity belonging in Higher Education: How do we create more inclusive campus climates for LGBT+ students? Online presentation at the Nottingham Trent University Groups, Identities & Health Research Group International Conference on Social Identity and Health (ICSIH-5) - Taster Event.  

Evangelista, Z. M. (2021, June). PhD research reflections on measuring anti-LGBT+ prejudice. Panelist at the University of the Philippines School of Statistics, Psychological Association of the Philippines – LGBT Psychology Special Interest Group, and UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies Pride Month webinar on “Doing LGBTQI Research in the Philippines”.

Evangelista, Z. M. (2021, June). Social identity belonging: Creating safer and more inclusive spaces for LGBT+ university students. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Academics, Researchers, and Teachers in Psychology Annual Conference 2021, Virtual Conference.

Evangelista, Z. M. (2021, June). How to create better LGBT+ campus climates. Winning poster at the School of Education Research and Teaching Week, University of Glasgow.

Balajadia, H. A., Evangelista, Z. M., Senga, B. (2020, October). A Situationer on LGBTQI Filipinos in Higher Education Institutions. Panelist at the closing session programme for the UP Center for Women's and Gender Studies, UP Babaylan, and Psychological Association of the Philippines LGBT Psychology Special Interest Group 1st Philippine Queer Studies Conference.

Evangelista, Z. M. (2020, July). Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for LGBT+ in Higher Education Institutions. Online presentation at the Canadian Psychological Association Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Section International LGBTQ Psychology Online Conference: Preaching to the Choir, Canada.

Evangelista, Z. M. (2019, June). Modern anti-LGBT+ prejudice and campus climate: How do we create safe and inclusive spaces for LGBT+ in higher education? Poster presented at the European Association of Social Psychology RKST Workshop: Building an LGBT European Social Psychology, Lisbon, Portugal.

Evangelista, Z. M., Dumaop, D. E., & Nelson, G. (2018, July). Journeying to a safe space: Sexual and religious identity integration of Filipino LGBT-affirmative church members. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Sexualities 20th Anniversary Conference 1998-2018: Reflecting Back, Looking Forwards, London, UK.

Rabino, A. A., & Evangelista, Z. M. (2016, July). Prime and Prejudice: The use of religious quotes to influence Filipino attitudes toward lesbians and gays. Paper presented at the 31st International Congress of Psychology: Diversity in Harmony – Insights from Psychology, Yokohama, Japan.

Dumaop, D. E., & Evangelista, Z. M. (2015, November). Pagbawi at Pagtatakwil: Christian moral identity ng mga LGBT ng Metropolitan Community Church. Paper presented at the 40th Pambansang Kumperensiya sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino: Kaisahan at Kaibahan sa Kaakuhan – Sikolohiya ng Identidad bilang Pilipino, Identidad ng Sikolohiyang Pilipino, Davao, Philippines.

Evangelista, Z. M. (2015, August). Exploring the salience of a career calling amongst Chinese postgraduate students in the United Kingdom. Paper presented at the 11th Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Social Psychology and Psychological Association of the Philippines 52nd Annual Convention: Psychology and Asian Societies in the Midst of Change, Cebu, Philippines.

Additional Information

Zy is currently one of the University of Glasgow Future World Changers, the PsyPAG representative for the British Psychological Society Psychology of Sexualities Section and British Psychological Society Education and Training Board, inaugural PsyPAG Workshops Subcommittee Chair, and Book Review Editor for the Psychology of Sexualities Review.

Zy was awarded the Prize for Research Work on Gender Identity and Sexual orientation Issues to Combat Discrimination by Padova University CUG (May 2022), shortlisted for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Impact Award (April 2022), a finalist at the University of Glasgow 3-minute thesis competition (March 2022) and was Highly Commended for the PsyPAG Rising Researcher Award (2020). 

Outside of academia, Zy is a trustee for LGBT Health and Wellbeing, a See Me Proud LGBT Community Champion and a founding member of the LGBTQI+ basketball group, the Rainbow Glasgaroos.