The Catholic University of America

Rev. Paul Sullins, Ph.D.

IPR Fellow
Email: sullins[at]

Department: Sociology

The Rev. D. Paul Sullins is Research Professor of Sociology and Director of the Leo Institute for Catholic Social Research at the Catholic University of America, and Senior Research Associate at the Ruth Institute. 

He has written four books and over 100 journal articles, book chapters and research reports on issues of faith and culture. 

He recently published:

    •   “Invisible Victims: Delayed Onset Depression among Adults with Same-Sex Parents (Depression and Research Treatment, Sept 2016)” 

    • “Emotional problems among children with same-sex parents”

    •  “The unexpected harm of same-sex marriage”, available via Pubmed or at ,

He co-edited (with Pierpaolo Donati of the Pontifical Academy of Social Science): The Conjugal Family: An Irreplaceable Resource for Society (LEV Press, Rome: 2015). 

His latest book is:  Keeping the Vow: the Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests (Oxford, 2015)

Fr. Sullins is also the Director of the Summer Institute of Catholic Social Thought; a member of the board of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS), the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM), and the Natural Family Journal; a Fellow of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI); the former Ignatius Loyola Fellow for Catholic Identity at the Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education; Associate Pastor of the Church of Saint Mark the Evangelist, Hyattsville, Maryland; and (not least) a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.  Formerly Episcopalian, Fr. Sullins is a married Catholic priest with an inter-racial family of three children, two adopted.