Drs. Michelle Birkett and Gregory Phillips II Guest Editors for Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Drs. Michelle Birkett and Gregory Phillips II have been nominated as guest editors to organize a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The special issue is titled “Breakthroughs in LGBT Health Research” and will focus particularly on innovative methods, measurement, or data analyses, the use of nationally representative data, transgender populations, and factors related to resiliency or intersectionality. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Michelle Birkett Speaking at 2017 Chicago Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Jam

Dr. Michelle Birkett will be an invited speaker for the 2017 Chicago Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Jam. This event is hosted by the Chicago Initiative for Biomedical Informatics and Data Science – a partnership between Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Birkett will discuss Network Canvas and the importance of social data in data science, particularly for understanding health disparities. Continue Reading ▶︎

Project VOICE Internship

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 ▶︎

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 ▶︎