Brian A. Feinstein, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Contact

Northwestern University
Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing
625 N. Michigan Ave. #14-047
Chicago, IL 60611
Email: brian.feinstein@northwestern.edu
Phone: 312-503-6516


Bio

Dr. Brian Feinstein (pronouns: he/him) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2015 after completing an APA-accredited internship at the University of Washington. During his graduate training, he received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to develop his program of research focused on risk and protective factors related to depression and anxiety among sexual minority individuals. In 2016, he received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to extend his program of research to include risk factors related to HIV and substance use among same-sex male couples. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Feinstein serves as the co-chair of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Sexual and Gender Minority Special Interest Group and he has worked as a therapist for individuals and couples with diverse presenting problems.


Research Interests

  1. Sexual and gender minority (SGM) health: Overall, my program of research focuses on understanding and reducing the broad range of health disparities affecting SGM populations, including mental health problems, substance, use, and HIV/STIs. I am particularly interested in understanding how different types of stress, including general stress and minority stress (e.g., discrimination, internalized stigma, anxious expectations of rejection) influence health outcomes among SGM individuals, as well as the mechanisms underlying these associations and protective factors that buffer these associations.
  2. Bisexual and other non-monosexual populations: While I am broadly interested in the health of all SGM populations, I am particularly interested in those who are attracted to more than one gender (e.g., bisexual, pansexual, queer). Accumulating research indicates that bisexual/non-monosexual individuals are at increased risk for negative health outcomes compared to both heterosexual and gay/lesbian individuals, yet they remain underrepresented in research. As such, I am interested in understanding the unique stigma-related stressors affecting bisexual/non-monosexual individuals and their influence on health and relationship functioning.
  3. SGM relationships/couples: Despite evidence that SGM individuals face unique stressors in their relationships, there has been limited attention to stress and relationship functioning among SGM couples. I am interested in understanding how individual and partner experiences of stress influence relationship functioning (e.g., satisfaction, conflict) among SGM couples. To that end, I use the Actor Partner Interdependence Model to test actor and partner effects of different types of stress (e.g., general stress, minority stress) on different aspects of relationship functioning. I am also interested in using observational measures (e.g., coded interactions between partners) to understand how stress influences communication behavior.
  4. Prevention and intervention with SGM populations: Finally, I am interested in developing and testing prevention and intervention programs to reduce negative health outcomes among SGM individuals and to improve their well-being and relationship functioning. I am also interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying effective prevention/intervention programs and who benefits most/least from them (e.g., moderators of treatment outcomes). I have been involved in clinical trials of an online HIV prevention program for young men who have sex with men (Keep It Up; PIs: Mustanski, Parsons, & Sullivan) and an HIV prevention and relationship education program for young male couples (2GETHER; PI: Newcomb).

Research Funding

2016-2018       Principal Investigator, F32DA042708, Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dyadic influences on HIV risk and substance abuse among young men who have sex with men and their partners. The goal of this post-doctoral fellowship is to examine partner- and relationship-level influences on HIV risk behavior and substance use in a sample of young men who have sex with men and their partners.


Peer-reviewed Publications (N = 47)

Note: Peer-reviewed publications are separated by content area (LGBT Health, Depression/Anxiety, and Miscellaneous) and available upon request.

LGBT Health

In Press

Dyar, C., Feinstein, B. A., Eaton, N., & London, B. (in press). The mediating roles of rejection sensitivity and proximal stress in the relationship between discrimination and internalizing psychopathology among sexual minority women. Archives of Sexual Behavior

Feinstein, B. A., Bird, E. R., Fairlie, A. M., Lee, C. M., & Kaysen, D. (in press). A descriptive analysis of where and with whom lesbian versus bisexual women drink. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health.

Feinstein, B. A., Davila, J., & Dyar, C. (in press). A weekly diary study of minority stress, coping, and internalizing symptoms among gay men. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Feinstein, B. A., Thomann, M., Coventry, R., Macapagal, K., Mustanski, B., & Newcomb, M. E. (in press). Gay and bisexual adolescent men’s perspectives on parent-child relationships and parenting practices related to sex and dating. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Janulis, P., Feinstein, B. A., Phillips, G., Newcomb, M. E., Birkett, M., & Mustanski, B. (in press). Sexual partner typologies and the association between drug use and sexual risk behavior among young MSM. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Mustanski, B., Macapagal, K., Thomann, M., Feinstein, B. A., Newcomb, M. E., Motley, D., & Fisher, C. B. (in press). Parents’ perspectives about adolescent boys’ involvement in biomedical HIV prevention research. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Puckett, J., Feinstein, B. A., Newcomb, M. E., & Mustanski, B. (in press). Trajectories of internalized heterosexism among young men who have sex with men. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Sullivan, T. J., Feinstein, B. A., Marshall, A. D., & Mustanski, B. (in press). Trauma exposure, discrimination, and romantic relationship functioning: A longitudinal investigation among sexual minority young adults. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

2017

Boroughs, M. S., Feinstein, B. A., Mitchell, A. D., Shipherd, J. C., & O’Cleirigh, C. (2017). Establishing priorities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health disparities: Implications for intervention development, implementation, research, and practice. The Behavior Therapist, 40, 119-127.

Dyar, C., Feinstein, B. A., Schick, V. R., & Davila, J. (2017). Minority stress, sexual identity uncertainty, and partner gender decision making among non-monosexual individuals. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 4, 87-104.

Feinstein, B. A., & Dyar, C. (2017). Bisexuality, minority stress, and health. Current Sexual Health Reports, 9, 42-49.

Feinstein, B. A., Dyar, C., & London, B. (2017). Are outness and community involvement risk or protective factors for alcohol and drug abuse among sexual minority women? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, 1411-1423.

Feinstein, B. A., Johnson, B. A., Parsons, J. T., & Mustanski, B. (2017). Reactions to testing HIV negative: Measurement and associations with sexual risk behavior among young MSM who recently tested HIV negative. AIDS and Behavior, 21, 1467-1477.

Feinstein, B. A., & Newcomb, M. E. (2017). Event-level associations among drinking motives, alcohol consumption, and condomless anal sex in a sample of young men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, 21, 1904-1913.

Mustanski, B., Feinstein, B. A., Madkins, K., Sullivan, P., & Swann, G. (2017). Prevalence and risk factors for rectal and urethral sexually transmitted infections in self-collected samples among young men who have sex with men participating in the Keep It Up! 2.0 randomized controlled trial. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 44, 483-488.

Newcomb, M. E., Macapagal, K. R., Feinstein, B. A., Bettin, E., Swann, G., & Whitton, S. W. (2017). Integrating HIV prevention and relationship education for young same-sex male couples: A pilot trial of the 2GETHER intervention. AIDS and Behavior, 21, 2464-2478.

2016

Cohen, J. M., Feinstein, B. A., Rodriguez-Seijas, C., Taylor, C. B., & Newman, M. G. (2016). Rejection sensitivity as a transdiagnostic risk factor for internalizing psychopathology among gay and bisexual men. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 3, 259-264.

Dyar, C., Feinstein, B. A., Eaton, N., & London, B. (2016). Development and initial validation of The Sexual Minority Women Rejection Sensitivity Scale. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40, 120-137.

Feinstein, B. A., Dyar, C., Bhatia, V., Latack, J. A., & Davila, J. (2016). Conservative beliefs and willingness to engage in romantic and sexual activities with a bisexual partner. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45, 1535-1550.

Feinstein, B. A., Latack, J. A., Bhatia, V., Davila, J., & Eaton, N. R. (2016). Romantic relationship involvement as a minority stress buffer in gay/lesbian versus bisexual individuals. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 20, 237-257.

Feinstein, B. A., & Newcomb, M. E. (2016). The role of substance use motives in the associations between minority stressors and substance use problems among young men who have sex with men. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 3, 357-366.

2015

Feinstein, B. A., Meuwly, N., Davila, J., Eaton, N., & Yoneda, A. (2015). Sexual orientation prototypicality and well-being among heterosexual and sexual minority adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 1415-1422.

Dyar, C., Feinstein, B. A., & London, B. (2015). Mediators of differences between lesbians and bisexual women in sexual identity and minority stress. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2, 43-51.

2014

Dyar, C., Feinstein, B. A., & London, B. (2014). Dimensions of sexual identity and minority stress among bisexual women: The role of partner gender. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1, 441-451.

Feinstein, B. A., Dyar, C., Bhatia, V., Latack, J. A., & Davila, J. (2014). Willingness to engage in romantic and sexual activities with bisexual partners: Gender and sexual orientation differences. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1, 255-262.

Feinstein, B. A., Wadsworth, L. P., Davila, J., & Goldfried, M. R. (2014). Do parental acceptance and family support moderate associations between dimensions of minority stress and depressive symptoms? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 45, 239-246.

2013

Meuwly, N., Feinstein, B. A., Davila, J., Garcia Nuñez, D., & Bodenmann, G. (2013). Relationship quality among Swiss women in opposite-sex versus same-sex romantic relationships. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 72, 229-233.

2012

Feinstein, B. A., Davila, J., & Yoneda, A. (2012). Self-concept and self-stigma in lesbians and gay men. Psychology and Sexuality, 3, 161-177.

Feinstein, B. A., Goldfried, M., & Davila, J. (2012). The relationship between experiences of discrimination and mental health among lesbians and gay men: An examination of self-stigma and rejection sensitivity as potential mechanisms. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 917-927.

Green, K. E., & Feinstein, B. A. (2012). Substance use in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: An update on empirical research and implications for treatment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 265-278.

2011

Gold, S. D., Feinstein, B. A., Skidmore, W. C., & Marx, B. P. (2011). Childhood physical abuse, internalized homophobia, and experiential avoidance among lesbians and gay men. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 3, 50-60.

 

Depression/Anxiety

2017

Davila, J., Mattanah, J., Bhatia, V., Latack, J., Feinstein, B. A., Eaton, N. R., Kumar, S., Zhou, J., McCormick, M., Lomash, E., & Daks, J. (2017). Romantic competence, healthy relationship functioning, and well-being in emerging adults. Personal Relationships, 24, 162-184.

2014

Feinstein, B. A., Bhatia, V., & Davila, J. (2014). Rumination mediates the association between cyber-victimization and depressive symptoms. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29, 1732-1746.

Wilson, R., Neziroglu, F., Feinstein, B. A., & Ginsberg, R. (2014). A new model for the initiation of treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder: An exploratory study. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 332-337.

2013

Borda, T., Feinstein, B. A., Neziroglu, F., Veccia, T., & Perez-Rivera, R. (2013). Are children with obsessive-compulsive disorder at risk for problematic peer relationships? Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2, 359-365.

Feinstein, B. A., Hershenberg, R., Bhatia, V., Latack, J. A., Meuwly, N., & Davila, J. (2013). Negative social comparison on Facebook and depressive symptoms: Rumination as a mechanism. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 2, 161-170.

Sloan, D. M., Feinstein, B. A., Gallagher, M. W., Beck, J. G., & Keane, T. M. (2013). Efficacy of group treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms: A meta-analysis.  Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5, 176-183.

2012

Davila, J., Hershenberg, R., Feinstein, B. A., Gorman, K., Bhatia, V., & Starr, L. R. (2012). Frequency and quality of social networking among young adults: Associations with depressive symptoms, rumination, and co-rumination. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 1, 72-86.

Feinstein, B. A., Bhatia, V., Hershenberg, R., & Davila, J. (2012). Another venue for problematic interpersonal behavior: The effects of depressive and anxious symptoms on social networking experiences. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 31, 356-382.

Humphreys, K. L., Foley, K. F., Feinstein, B. A., Marx, B. P., Kaloupek, D. G., & Keane, T. M. (2012). The influence of externalizing comorbidity on psychophysiological reactivity among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 4, 145-151.

Sloan, D. M., Marx, B. P., Bovin, M. J., Feinstein, B. A., & Gallagher, M. W. (2012). Written exposure as an intervention for PTSD: A randomized clinical trial with motor vehicle accident survivors. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50, 627-635.

2011

Feinstein, B. A., Humphreys, K. L., Bovin, M. J., Marx, B. P., & Resick, P. A. (2011). Victim-offender relationship status moderates the relationships of peritraumatic emotional responses, active resistance, and posttraumatic stress symptomatology in female rape survivors. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 3, 192-200.

Hershenberg, R., Davila, J., Yoneda, A., Starr, L. R., Miller, M. R., Stroud, C. B., & Feinstein, B. A. (2011). What I like about you: The association between adolescent attachment security and emotional behavior in a relationship promoting context. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 1017-1024.

Sloan, D. M. Gallagher, M. W., Feinstein, B. A., Lee, D. J., Pruneau, G. M. (2011). Efficacy of telehealth treatments for posttraumatic stress-related symptoms: A meta-analysis. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 40, 111-125.

2010

Marx, B. P., Foley, K. L., Feinstein, B. A., Wolf, E. J., Kaloupek, D. G., & Keane, T. M. (2010). Combat-related guilt mediates the relations between exposure to combat-related abusive violence and psychiatric diagnoses. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 287-293.

2009

Sloan, D. M., Feinstein, B. A., & Marx, B. P. (2009). The durability of beneficial health effects associated with expressive writing. Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 22, 509-523.

Miscellaneous

Hall, J. A., Andrzejewski, S. A., Murphy, N. A., Schmid Mast, M. S., & Feinstein, B. A. (2008). Accuracy of judging others’ traits and states: Comparing mean accuracy levels across tests. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 1476-1489.


BOOK CHAPTERS (N = 11)

Dyar, C., & Feinstein, B. A. (in press). Attitudes toward and stereotypes about bisexual individuals. In D. J. Swan & S. Habibi (Eds.), Bisexuality: Theories, Research, and Recommendations.

Feinstein, B. A., & Dyar, C. (in press). Romantic and sexual relationship experience among bisexual individuals. In D. J. Swan & S. Habibi (Eds.), Bisexuality: Theories, Research, and Recommendations.

Feinstein, B. A., & Dellucci, T. V. (in press). Same-sex sexual behavior. In T. Shackelford & V. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science.

Newcomb, M. E., & Feinstein, B. A. (in press). Evidence-based approaches for sexual health and substance use problems in LGBT youth. In J. E. Pachankis & S. A. Safren (Eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with LGBT Clients.

Feinstein, B. A. (2016). Anxiety. In A. E. Goldberg (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (pp. 87-91). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Feinstein, B. A. (2016). Minority stress. In A. E. Goldberg (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (pp. 780-785). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Feinstein, B. A., & Marx, B. P. (2016). Minority stress and resilience. In M. D. Skinta & A. Curtin (Eds.), Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities (pp. 207-223). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Feinstein, B. A., Bhatia, V., Latack, J. A., & Davila, J. (2015). Social networking and depression. In L. D. Rosen, L. M. Carrier, & N. M. Cheever (Eds.), The Handbook of Psychology, Technology and Society (pp. 273-286). Wiley-Blackwell.

Stroud, C. B., Feinstein, B. A., Bhatia, V., Hershenberg, R., & Davila, J. (2014). Intimate relationships. In C. S. Richards & M. W. O’Hara (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Depression and Comorbidity (pp. 441-459). New York: Oxford University Press.

Green, K. E., Bux, D. A., & Feinstein, B. A. (2013). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. In B. S. McCrady & E. E. Epstein (Eds.), Additions: A comprehensive guidebook (2nd edition) (pp. 819-835). New York: Oxford University Press.

Humphreys, K. L., Feinstein, B. A., & Marx, B. P. (2010). Behavioral assessment with children. In J. Thomas & M. Hersen (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Psychology Competencies (pp. 309-340). New York: Springer.