Project VOICE (Visualizing Our Identities, Connections, and Environments) is a mixed-methods project that explores how networks, venues, and neighborhoods function as risk environments for young men who have sex with men of different racial groups. The project is currently seeking 1-2 interns to begin in September 2017. Read more about our Project VOICE internship, as well as our Evaluation internship, here. Continue Reading ▶︎
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 has had a very successful year, in part due to the breadth of grant funding received by investigators. NIH awarded three of ISGMH’s early career faculty members with their first R01 grants in 2016. While the average age of first-time R01 funding for a Ph.D.-level investigator is 42, all of these faculty members are under 35. Continue Reading ▶︎
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, 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 ▶︎
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 ▶︎
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 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., 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 ▶︎