ISGMH Awards First Graduate Fellow Research Award to James Wages

A headshot of James WagesISGMH is proud to announce the first recipient of our Graduate Fellow Research Award, James Wages. This award recognizes and supports the research of Northwestern graduate students working on SGM (sexual and gender minority) health and wellbeing. The ISGMH Graduate Fellow Research Award was established to provide opportunities for high-level research and training for the next generation of SGM scholars.

James Wages (he/him) is a Ph.D. student in social psychology at Northwestern University. Under the advisement of Drs. Sylvia Perry and Galen Bodenhausen (both ISGMH affiliate faculty members), James broadly studies the social nature of perception, identity, and bias. Currently, James is investigating how people form risk-taking impressions of racial, gender, and sexuality groups and the downstream consequences of these impressions on social disparities in healthcare. Specifically, he intends to apply the ISGMH Graduate Fellow Research Award to explore whether healthcare providers hold “risky” stereotypes of young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) and whether these stereotypes influence discriminatory treatment of YBMSM in the healthcare setting. Further, James is interested in exploring the healthcare experiences of YBMSM and how this bias may cause healthcare provider mistrust and health compromising behavior. Evidence of such bias may further clarify the social psychological processes that increase disparities in HIV infection, for which YBMSM are disproportionately impacted.

Congratulations, James! ISGMH looks forward to continuing its support of the training and research of early-career SGM scholars.