Former ISGMH Research Fellow Liz McConnell Wins Dissertation Award

Liz McConnell, Ph.D., who completed a research fellowship with ISGMH in 2018, was awarded the Emory L. Cowen Dissertation Award for the Promotion of Wellness by the Society for Community Research and Action, a division of the American Psychological Association.

In her dissertation, “Race-Related Social Contextual Factors, Substance Use, and HIV Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in Chicago,” McConnell sought to increase understanding of the many drivers responsible for the disproportionate impact of HIV among Black young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Continue Reading ▶︎

Christina Dyar on the Importance of Intersectional Approaches to Bisexual Health

Christina Dyar, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH). Dyar’s research focuses on understanding and reducing health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority populations, especially sexual minority women and bisexual individuals. In this Q&A, Dyar discusses the limited amount of research on bisexual health, how stigma impacts health, and the importance of utilizing intersectional research approaches to evaluate bi+ health. Continue Reading ▶︎

Lauren Beach Featured on Times Square Billboard for Bi Health Month

Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) faculty member Lauren Beach, Ph.D., J.D., was featured prominently on a Times Square billboard promoting bisexual and pansexual health during February and March 2020.

“To make bisexual and pansexual people visible in downtown New York City, in Times Square, is to center our relevance,” said Beach. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Researchers Publish in Top Journals in 2020

Researchers at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) started 2020 with a notable array of publications in top journals. Since the beginning of the year, ISGMH faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and staff have authored papers in Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Pediatrics, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, and Archives of Sexual Behavior, among others. Continue Reading ▶︎

Michael Newcomb Edits Journal Section on Biomedical Interventions for Gay and Bisexual Men

Michael Newcomb, PhD, an Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) faculty member, co-edited the latest special section of the Archives of Sexual Behavior with Jonathan Rendina of Hunter College. The special section, titled “Social and Behavioral Science with Gay and Bisexual Men in the Era of Biomedical Prevention,” includes an introduction from Newcomb and four papers from ISGMH faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and staff. Continue Reading ▶︎

Postdoctoral Fellow Ethan Morgan Secures Tenure-Track Professorship at The Ohio State University

Ethan Morgan, PhD, completed a postdoctoral fellowship with ISGMH and started a new position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University in January 2020. As part of Ohio State’s College of Nursing and Infectious Disease Institute, Morgan will continue the research he worked on while at ISGMH and will soon begin teaching students as well. Continue Reading ▶︎

Gregory Phillips II Publishes New Paper Highlighting the Role of Messaging and Prevention Campaigns in HIV Prevention

Director of ISGMH’s Evaluation, Data Integration and Technical Assistance (EDIT) research program, Dr. Gregory Phillips II, has published the paper “The Role of Messaging and Prevention Advocacy in PrEP Attitudes, Perceptions, and Uptake Among YMSM and Transgender Women” in The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS). The paper’s co-authors include: EDIT team members Dylan Felt and David McCuskey; two former EDIT employees, Anand Raman and Peter Lindeman; Christina Hayford from the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research; Jim Pickett from AIDS Foundation of Chicago; and ISGMH Director Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎

Nanette Benbow Details What It Takes to Create Meaningful Public-Academic Health Partnerships

Nanette Benbow, affiliate faculty member at ISGMH and research assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern, presented on her work on January 21 as part of ISGMH’s annual Affiliate Showcase.

Benbow’s lecture on “Establishing Academic/Public Health Partnerships: Examples in the HIV Field” detailed best practices for establishing long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships among public health departments, researchers, and community organizations. Continue Reading ▶︎