CONNECT/EDIT Data Assistant Associate

Job Summary: Collects, reviews, verifies, validates, codes and inputs data into a computer processing system; audits output data. Identifies and resolves production related errors. Maintains and revises procedural lists, control records and coding schemes to process source data. Assists with the management and coordination of connections with program and study partners. Continue Reading ▶︎

Michelle Birkett, PhD Promoted to Assistant Professor on the Tenure-Eligible Investigator Faculty Career Track

ISGMH is proud to announce Dr. Michelle Birkett has been promoted from Research Assistant Professor to Assistant Professor on the Tenure-Eligible Investigator Faculty Career Track! Dr. Birkett is the director of ISGMH’s CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities program.

Dr. Birkett’s research uses network and quantitative methodologies to understand the social contextual influence of stigma on the health and wellbeing of marginalized populations, and in particular, sexual and gender minority youth. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH: Expanding the Scope of SGM Research

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) is committed to researching and understanding more about sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, especially those who are underrepresented in research. While ISGMH has long been—and continues to be—a leader in HIV research among men who have sex with men (MSM), the Institute’s research now encompasses other SGM groups and health and wellness concerns. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Michelle Birkett Joins NICO Executive Committee

Dr. Michelle Birkett, Director of the CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Program at ISGMH, has been elected to the Northwestern Institute on Complex Networks (NICO) Executive Committee. NICO’s mission is to serve as a hub and facilitator for path-breaking and relevant research in the area of complexity science transcending the boundaries of established disciplines. Continue Reading ▶︎

Health Disparities Article by ISGMH Scholar Elizabeth McConnell Featured by Society for Research on Adolescence

The Society for Research on Adolescence recently featured an article titled “Health Disparities Research with LGBTQ Youth” by Elizabeth McConnell, M.A., graduate student and scholar at the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH).

In the first part of the feature article, Ms. McConnell describes how her personal experiences inform her research on social support and wellbeing for LGBTQ youth. Continue Reading ▶︎

Drs. Michelle Birkett and Gregory Phillips II Awarded First Northwestern R01 under NIDA’s “Big Data to Knowledge” Initiative

A new five-year 3 million dollar grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse has been awarded to Drs. Michelle Birkett and Gregory Phillips II of Northwestern University. Drs. Birkett and Phillips are both faculty in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and direct research programs within the new Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Faculty Drs. Brian Mustanski and Michelle Birkett at Chicago History Museum

ISGMH Director Brian Mustanski moderated a panel discussion entitled Looking? The History of Hooking Up on the social and historical development of hooking up at the Chicago History Museum on Thursday, May 19. ISGMH faculty member and director of the Complex Systems and Heath Disparities research program (CSHD) Dr. Michelle Birkett was among the panelists.  Continue Reading ▶︎

Liz McConnell, M.A., Receives F31 Grant for Research on HIV in Young Black MSM

Liz McConnell, M.A., is a graduate student in the Clinical-Community Psychology Ph.D. program at DePaul University in Chicago. She was recently awarded an F31 grant by NIH. Her project “Race-related Social Contextual Factors, Substance Use, and HIV” (1F31DA040524-01A1) will analyzeHIV risk behaviors for young Black men who have sex with men.  Continue Reading ▶︎