Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., (he/him) is tenured Professor of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University, Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, Co-Director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and Co-Director of the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and HIV. The majority of his research focuses on the health and development of LGBT youth and the application of new media and technology to sexual health promotion and HIV prevention with young men. Dr. Mustanski’s work spans the translational spectrum and includes epidemiological studies, longitudinal cohort studies focused on developmental trajectories and risk/protective mechanisms, the development and testing of HIV interventions, and dissemination/implementation science. He has been a Principal Investigator for multiple federal and foundation research and training awards totaling over $38 million. His current projects include a NIDA-funded dyadic-network cohort study of young gay/bisexual men that seeks to gain a multilevel perspectives on the drivers of substance use and HIV in this population, several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of HIV prevention program for adolescent and young adult gay/bisexual men (NIDA, NIMH, NIMHD), and an NIMHD-funded study of ethical considerations in LGBT adolescent participation in HIV prevention research. Dr. Mustanski has published over 190 peer reviewed journal articles. Recognition for his work include being named a William T Grant Scholar, the Society for Prevention Research Award for Advances in Culture and Diversity in Prevention Science, and the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution from the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mustanski is a frequent advisor to federal agencies and foundations on LGBT health needs and research priorities. In 2017, NBC News selected him from 1,600 nominees as one of 30 changemakers and innovators making a positive difference in the LGBTQ community. Feinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile
Lauren Beach, J.D., Ph.D., (she/her) is a research assistant professor and the Associate Director of EDIT at ISGMH in the research group of Dr. Gregory Phillips, II. Scientifically, Lauren investigates how stigma affects chronic disease management and health outcomes in LGBTI populations. As an alumna of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology, she received her JD specialized in Health Law & Bioethics from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2012 and her PhD in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology & Genetics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2014. For her PhD dissertation research in the lab of Dr. Louis Mansky, she studied the molecular mechanism of action of how ribonucleotide reductase inhibitors inhibit HIV-1 and HIV-2 replication. She received a BA in Social Relations and Policy and a BS in Microbiology from Michigan State University in 2007. Prior to joining Northwestern, Lauren served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the research group of Dr. Kerri Cavanaugh, as well as the Director of LGBTI Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. From 2014-2015, she was an HIVCorps Public Health Fellow at the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), in Lusaka, Zambia. Lauren is a member of the Minnesota bar and a founding member of the Bisexual Research Collective on Health (BiRCH). At the invitation of the Obama administration, she has spoken at the White House to present recommendations for improving bisexual health outcomes and bisexual data collection methods. When not in the office, Lauren enjoys spending time with her 100 pound St. Bernard mix dog, Danny, playing piano, and vegetarian cooking. Read more about Lauren’s work.
Michelle Birkett, Ph.D., (she/her) is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University and directs the CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Research Program within ISGMH. 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. This work is influenced by a multilevel perspective of health that considers direct and indirect influences of multiple levels of the social and physical environment. This multilevel approach to understanding health underlies her interest in network data and her commitment to conducting research that leads to social change at multiple levels of society to eliminate health disparities. Dr. Birkett has led multiple NIH-funded projects. She is the recipient of a NIH Career Development Award focused on understanding network, multilevel, and contextual influences on racial disparities in HIV within young men who have sex with men (K08 DA037825). She also directs Network Canvas (R01 DA042711; Dual PIs: Birkett & Phillips), a software development project which seeks to simplify the collection and streamline the management of social data, thereby allowing health researchers to assess more nuanced associations between social contextual factors and disease. She co-leads with Noshir Contractor the Network Data Core of RADAR (U01 DA036939), which is in charge of the collection and analysis longitudinal observations of sexual, drug, and support networks of over 1200 YMSM. Finally, she is an member of the Executive Board of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) and a faculty associate of the Northwestern Institute for Policy Research. Feinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile
Christina Dyar, Ph.D., (she/her) is a research assistant professor at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University. She received her doctorate in social and health psychology from Stony Brook University in 2016. Prior to joining the faculty at ISGMH, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, where she began collaborating on FAB400. Dr. Dyar’s research broadly focuses on understanding and reducing health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority populations, especially sexual minority women and bisexual individuals. She is particularly interested in understanding mechanisms through which different types of stress (e.g., discrimination, internalized stigma) impact mental health and substance use and how these processes differ for bisexual compared to lesbian/gay individuals and among other subgroups of sexual and gender minorities. She is also interested in developing and testing interventions to reduce health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority populations. PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile
Brian Feinstein, Ph.D., (he/him) is a research assistant professor at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH). He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University in 2015 after completing an APA-accredited internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty at ISGMH, he received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to complete a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Feinstein’s program of research broadly focuses on understanding and reducing the health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations, especially bisexual and other non-monosexual individuals. He is particularly interested in understanding how different types of stress (e.g., discrimination, internalized stigma, rejection sensitivity) influence mental health, substance use, sexual risk behavior, and relationship functioning among SGM individuals and couples. He is also interested in developing and testing interventions to improve health and relationships in these populations. Finally, Dr. Feinstein is also a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois. ISGMH faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile
Francesca Gaiba, Ph.D., (she/her or they/them) is research associate professor and the associate director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University. Dr. Gaiba earned her undergraduate degree in 1996 at University of Bologna, Italy. In 1998 her book, The Origins of Simultaneous Interpretation: The Nuremberg Trial, was published by the University of Ottawa Press, and was later translated into Japanese and published in Japan by Misuku Shobo Ltd. in 2013. In 2007, she received her PhD in Anthropology from Syracuse University with a dissertation on friendships between straight women and gay men. From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Gaiba was the associate director of UIC’s Office of Social Science Research, where she developed a successful grant support and administration program. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Gaiba managed the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, focusing on program development and implementation, grant support and management, and high level institute administration. With Michelle Boyd, she was the cofounder of the WriteOut! Writing retreat for scholars of race and ethnicity. She is a Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator (CPRA). Dr. Gaiba brings a commitment to racial and LGBT justice and their intersections to her scholarship and academic work. She has published op-eds in Time, The Hill, Rewire, RoleReboot, Medium, and TruthOut. Northwestern Scholars profile
Patrick Janulis, Ph.D., (he/him) is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and also serves as the quantitative methodologist for the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. He received his doctorate in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University where he conducted research on the impact of substance use on HIV and hepatitis C virus risk behavior. His research examines the intersection of HIV, drug use, and LGBTQ health. His early work focused on using latent variable modeling to improve the measurement of HIV risk behavior and understanding within person variation in risk behavior across different environments and social circumstances. More recently this work has shifted to leveraging modern data science approaches to measure, understand, and intervene on the root causes in the spread of HIV. He serves as a co-investigator on the Network Canvas project (R01 DA042711) which aims to develop a software suite for capturing social network and other complex data in effort to better understand the spread of HIV. He also serves as the principle investigator on a project (R21 LM012578) extending this work using machine learning to match individuals named across multiple contact network interviews and facilitating rapid human coding of ambiguous matches within the Network Canvas suite. Feinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile
Kathryn R. Macapagal, Ph.D., (she/her) is a research assistant professor in the Departments of Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She directs the Social Media Working Group at ISGMH, an interdisciplinary group of researchers who examine the role social media plays in sexual and gender minorities’ lives, health, and well-being. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and directed the LGBTQ Health track of the clinical psychology predoctoral internship at Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical Center from 2015-2017. She earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Indiana University, where she trained at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She completed a clinical internship in medical psychology and HIV/AIDS at the Medical College of Georgia-Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, and postdoctoral training in health services and outcomes research at Northwestern University’s Center for Healthcare Studies. Her work spans the translational research spectrum and has recently focused on three main areas: 1) understanding ethical issues in sexual health and HIV prevention research and healthcare with sexual and gender minority adolescents; 2) developing in-person and eHealth/mHealth approaches to sex education and HIV prevention among adolescent and young adult men who have sex with men; and 3) examining the role of new media and technology (e.g., geosocial networking applications) in sexual and gender minorities’ sexual health, romantic relationships, identity development, and well-being. She is PI of a Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) grant examining SGM adolescents’ use of smartphone dating apps for sex and relationships and a Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) supplement from NIMH examining sexual minority adolescent males’ perspectives on novel biomedical HIV prevention approaches. She is also co-investigator on several NIH grants at ISGMH focused on sexual health, romantic relationships, and HIV prevention in SGM adolescents and young adults (ASAP, SMART, 2GETHER projects). Feinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile
David A. Moskowitz, Ph.D., (he/him) is a research assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University and the project director of SMART project. He received his doctorate from Northwestern University in Communication Studies (Health). Before coming to ISGHM, he trained as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, taught as an assistant professor of Health Communication at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and as an associate professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the New York Medical College. In terms of research, Dr. Moskowitz has published many articles on risk-taking behaviors among men who have sex with men, gay and bisexual male health, and the development and maintenance of gay male sexual identities. He is also known for his research into gay male social subcultures. At ISGHM, he will turn his focus towards the role and use of internet-mediated communication to delivery targeted HIV-prevention messages to adolescent gay and bisexual youth. Feinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile
Michael E. Newcomb, Ph.D., (he/him) is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University and the associate director for scientific development of the Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH). His research primarily sits within the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program of ISGMH. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed his pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Newcomb’s research broadly focuses on health disparities in LGBT youth, particularly in the areas of HIV/AIDS, alcohol and drug use, and mental health problems. His work emphasizes the interpersonal contexts that influence health outcomes, including romantic relationships and families. Dr. Newcomb has received multiple grants as PI from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is currently PI of an R01 from NIAAA examining the efficacy of 2GETHER, a relationship education and HIV prevention program for young male couples. He is also the recipient of an Avenir Young Innovator Award (DP2) from NIH to adapt the 2GETHER intervention to an online program and evaluate its effects in a comparative effectiveness trial. In addition to his work with young male couples, Dr. Newcomb is site PI of an NIH-funded longitudinal cohort examining intimate partner violence among sexual and gender minority youth assigned female at birth, and he contributes to multiple projects within ISGMH as Co-Investigator. Dr. Newcomb is a Clinical Psychologist with a focus on couples therapy and mental health treatment in the context of chronic medical conditions. Feinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile
Gregory Phillips II, M.S., Ph.D., (he/him) is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences, and directs the research program in Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) within ISGMH. His research focuses on understanding social-, sexual-, and network-level factors that drive the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM), particularly among young MSM and Black MSM. He received his doctorate in Epidemiology from The George Washington University in 2012, and has spent the last decade working on HRSA-, CDC-, and NIH-funded projects focused on identifying behaviors associated with HIV infection and effective interventions to halt the spread of HIV among affected populations. He is currently the principal investigator (PI) of two NIH-funded R01 awards: an NIAAA-funded project assessing the role of alcohol disparities in HIV risk among sexual minority youth utilizing data from the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS); and Network Canvas, a NIDA-funded project to develop a standalone software suite that will simplify the process of collecting complex network and geospatial data. Dr. Phillips is also the PI of the Center for the Evaluation of HIV Prevention Programs in Chicago, a Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)-funded project to evaluate 20 evidence-based and innovative HIV prevention interventions being implemented in Chicago. He has been the PI of two Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) awards to: address disparities in meningitis vaccination awareness and uptake among MSM, and to identify HIV microepidemics among YMSM using network and phylogenetic data. Dr. Phillips is also the Academic PI of an Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) project to improve the health of Latino same gender-loving men, working alongside a community-based organization on Chicago’s Northwest side. Additionally, Dr. Phillips collaborates with others on a variety of research projects related to program evaluation and use of diverse datasets to address health disparities among sexual and gender minority individuals. These collaborations include serving as a Co-Investigator with the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and HIV, as a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Policy Research, and as a member of the Network Science Data Core for RADAR. Feinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile
Steven Thrasher, Ph.D., (he/him) is the inaugural Daniel H. Renberg chair of social justice in reporting at Northwestern’s Medill School, the first journalism professorship in the world to focus on LGBTQ issues. Dr. Thrasher is a transdisciplinary scholar of HIV/AIDS and a practicing journalist, whose writing explores the intersections of racism and health disparities in American society and culture. A former public radio reporter, staff writer for the Village Voice, and writer-at-large for the Guardian, his journalism has been published in the New York Times, Nation, Atlantic, Out, Advocate, Inside Higher Education, NPR, Teen Vogue, LitHub, and Esquire. For five years, Dr. Thrasher covered the HIV prosecution of Michael Johnson for BuzzFeed News, which—along with his coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement in Missouri—formed the basis of his dissertation on race and the criminalization of HIV/AIDS. His research has been supported by grants from the Ford and Alfred P. Sloan Foundations, and he’s been the recipient of a Courage Award (from the Anti-Violence Project), James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism (Hunter College), Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism (Gannett Foundation), and the Journalist of the Year Award (National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association). In 2017, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Sociological Association’s journal Contexts. Dr. Thrasher has published or has forthcoming scholarly articles in the academic journals Biography, Contexts, Souls, Radical History Review, and the Journal of American History, and he he has contributed chapters to ten books, including Black Star (BFI 2015), Queer Activism After Marriage Equality (Routledge 2018), and Imagining Queer Methods (NYU Press 2019). He holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing and Film/TV Production from the Tisch School of the Arts and a PhD in American Studies from New York University. Medill bio.
Nanette Benbow, M.A.S, (she/her) is a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TC-CFAR) End HIV Scientific Working Group; and member of the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology. Her research interests include the use of epidemiologic and network modeling to improve HIV prevention and care continua; health equity for Latinos and sexual and gender minorities; and developing academic-public health partnerships in implementing evidence-based interventions that reduce HIV incidence in local settings. Before joining the Northwestern Faculty in 2016, Ms. Benbow was deputy commissioner of the STI/HIV Services Bureau of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) where she oversaw the development and implementation of prevention and care interventions. Feinberg faculty profile
Jeremy Birnholtz (he/him) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and directs the Social Media Lab at Northwestern. His research focuses on self-presentation and interaction in online environments including social media, dating applications and collaboration tools. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Facebook and Google. School of Communication faculty profile
Galen V. Bodenhausen, PH.D., (he/him) is the Lawyer Taylor Professor of Psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and also Professor of Marketing in the Kellogg School of Management. His research investigates the cognitive underpinnings of social evaluation and decision making. A major focus of his work concerns the roles of social categories like race, gender, and sexuality in the navigation of the social world, especially in contexts associated with bias and discrimination against members of disadvantaged social groups. His recent research has often examined the role of identity intersections in both perceiving others and in defining oneself. Weinberg faculty profile
C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D., (he/him) is professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Preventive Medicine, and Department of Medical Social Science at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He also holds adjunct appointments at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. He directs the NIDA-funded Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) for Drug Abuse and HIV. This unique NIH center focuses on developing new methodology for advancing implementation research so that HIV prevention programs can be scaled up and meet the needs of communities with elevated HIV incidence and prevalence, as well as improving the delivery of effective programs by community based organizations, local, and federal governmental agencies. Through Ce-PIM, Brown and his colleagues have developed innovative implementation research designs, new approaches to complex modeling of HIV prevention and implementation strategies, and new low-burden measures to monitor and provide feedback regarding multi-level barriers and facilitators of implementation. Brown also directs a NIMH funded project to synthesize findings from 20 youth prevention trials to examine the extent to which they reduce suicide risk among sexual and gender minorities. Brown has been a member of multiple National Academy of Medicine panels, serving as a co-chair of the IOM Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health. Feinberg faculty profile
Mercedes Carnethon, PhD, (she/her) is the Mary Harris Thompson Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine as well as the Chief of Epidemiology in the Department of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Carnethon’s research focuses on the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in diverse populations. Through collaborations across Northwestern and nationwide, Carnethon and her team examine the roles health behaviors such as diet, physical activity and sleep play on cardiovascular disease risk across population subgroups defined by race/ethnicity, geography, socioeconomic status, and sex/gender. Since joining the faculty at Northwestern in 2002, Carnethon has been awarded numerous grants for her work, published over 250 research articles and has served on various committees with the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. Carnethon is a leader in postdoctoral training, having mentored numerous trainees up through the junior faculty ranks. She is the winner of the 2018 Faculty Mentor of the Year Award from the Medical Faculty Council. Feinberg faculty profile
Héctor Carrillo, Dr.P.H., (he/him) is associate professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies; a member of the Governing Board of the Latina and Latino Studies Program; and a faculty associate in Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research. He is also co-director of The Sexualities Project at Northwestern. Dr. Carrillo holds a doctoral degree in public health (DrPH) from the University of California, Berkeley (1995). His areas of interest include sociology of sexuality; health promotion; HIV/AIDS prevention; transnationalism; Latino ethnicity and culture; and Mexico and Latin America. Before joining the Northwestern faculty in 2009, Carrillo’s previous affiliations included the Department of Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University and the Department of Medicine, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, at the University of California, San Francisco. Carrillo serves as a member of the editorial boards of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Sexualities, Contexts, and Sexualidad, Salud y Sociedad: Revista Latinoamericana. During 2014-15, he was Chair of the Sociology of Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association, and he currently serves as Past Chair. At Northwestern, he and Prof. Steven Epstein co-direct The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN), which promotes interdisciplinary research and education on sexuality and health in social context. Among other activities, SPAN funds faculty and graduate student research, a postdoctoral fellowship, and workshops. Weinberg faculty profile
Diane Chen, Ph.D., (she/her) is a pediatric psychologist in the Gender & Sex Development Program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Temple University and completed her internship and postdoctoral training in clinical child and pediatric psychology at Lurie Children’s. Clinically, she specializes in treating mood and anxiety disorders among gender diverse youth and adjustment conditions among youth with differences of sex development using evidence-based individual, group, and family psychotherapeutic approaches. Her research interests include gender identity development in gender diverse/transgender youth, and medical decision-making and psychosocial functioning among gender- and sex-diverse youth and their caregivers.
Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian, Ph.D., (he/him) is an assistant professor of communication studies at Northwestern University and a Fellow at the Peabody Media Center. His first book, Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television on New York University Press, argues the web brought innovation to television by opening development to independent producers. His work has been published in numerous academic journals, including The International Journal of Communication, Cinema Journal, Continuum, and Transformative Works and Cultures. He has juried television and video for the Peabody Awards, Gotham Awards, and Tribeca Film Festival, among others. He leads Open TV (beta), a research project and platform for intersectional television. Open TV (beta) programs have received recognition from HBO, the Television Academy (Emmy Awards), Streamy Awards, and Independent Filmmaker Project (Gotham Awards). Its programming partners have included the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Block Museum of Art, and City of Chicago, along with numerous galleries, community organizations, and universities. Dr. Christian’s blog, Televisual, is an archive of over 500 posts chronicling the rise of the web TV market, and he has written regular reports on TV and new media for Indiewire, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and Tubefilter. He received PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lenny Gilmore for Red Eye, Chicago Tribune) Communication faculty profile
Noshir Contractor, Ph.D., (he/him) Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences, is the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University. He is investigating factors that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks in a wide variety of contexts including communities of practice in business, translational science and engineering communities, public health networks and virtual worlds. His research program has been funded continuously for over a decade by major grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation with additional current funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Air Force Office of Research Support, Army Research Institute, Army Research Laboratory and the MacArthur Foundation. Kellogg faculty profile
Richard T. D’Aquila, M.D., (he/him) studies the APOBEC3 (A3) family of human cytidine deaminases. These “HIV restriction factors” are antagonized by HIV Vif and were selected over the course of evolution for activity against endogenous retroelements. His laboratory pioneered evidence that high physiological levels of A3G and A3F are active in producer and target cells against wild-type (Vif-positive) HIV-1 in vitro, and that such higher levels contribute to the spontaneous control of HIV-1 in vivo. The D’Aquila laboratory was also the first to discover that some A3s (such as A3F) are highly localized within the mature HIV virion core during assembly, while others (such as A3G) are distributed both within and outside the core. The goal of research is to boost A3 defenses against HIV to prevent or minimize its persistence. Feinberg faculty profile
Robin M. Dorman, Psy.D., (she/her) is a clinical health psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University. She has a clinical focus on working with individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, including pregnant women who are HIV-infected. Her current research is focused on pill aversion in HIV – characterizing, assessing, and intervening with HIV-infected individuals who have difficulty swallowing pills with no medical etiology. She was the primary supervisor for the HIV Rotation in the LGBTQ Track of the Northwestern University Psychology Internship program. Additionally, Dr. Dorman provides clinical care in a private practice setting for adults with anxiety disorders, cancer, and other medical concerns.
Steven Epstein, Ph.D., (he/him) is the director of the Science in Human Culture Program and of the interdisciplinary graduate cluster in Science Studies; a faculty member at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities; a faculty affiliate in the Gender & Sexuality Studies program; and a faculty associate in Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research. He is also a co-director of the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN). Before joining the Northwestern faculty in 2009, Epstein spent the preceding 15 years on the faculty at the University of California, San Diego. He is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a residency fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a total of eight book prizes. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Epstein currently serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including Social Studies of Science,Sexualities, and Science, Technology, & Human Values. He is a past chair of the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. At Northwestern, he and Prof. Héctor Carrillo are co-directors of the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN), a new initiative that promotes interdisciplinary research and education on sexuality and health in social context. SPAN funds faculty and graduate student research, holds a postdoctoral fellowship competition, and organizes workshops and reading groups, among other activities. (Photo by Tony Rinaldo) Weinberg faculty profile
Courtney Anne Finlayson, M.D., (she/her) practices general pediatric endocrinology with a specific interest in differences of sex development and puberty. She serves as the endocrinologist for the Gender & Sex Development Program, a multi-disciplinary program caring for children with differences in sex development and for those who are gender non-conforming. Feinberg faculty profile
Carlos Gallo, Ph.D., (he/him) conducts research that aims to facilitate the implementation evidence based programs (EBPs) by local agencies, particularly those involved in reducing health inequities in the LGBT and ethnic minority’s populations. He is interested in developing computational methods that monitor and provide real-time feedback of implementation indicators useful for health care providers and funding agencies. He has successfully applied his knowledge in system engineering and computational linguistics in parent-training preventive interventions such as Familias Unidas and New Beginning Programs, funded by NIDA. His work has enhanced the delivery of programs that improves outcomes of Hispanic youth on risky sexual behavior, HIV, and drug abuse. He developed the first machine-based methods that recognize linguistic patterns that are evidence of therapeutic alliance between therapist and family during Familias Unidas home visit sessions. These linguistic patterns are linked to fidelity of implementation and are evidence high fidelity to EBPs protocol. He also developed signal engineering methods to automatically recognize emotion in spoken speech during a EBP delivery in recorded audio/video tapes. Important aspects of the EBPs delivery require providers to speak in specific manners that is either neutral or matches the clients emotions. His work sets the stage for efficient methods of measuring implementation and monitoring and feedback systems that closes the gap between research and practice, during the translation of EBPs in real world use. Feinberg faculty profile
Mary Ann Gerend, Ph.D., (she/her) is an associate professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences within the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests are in health communication and cancer prevention. Her work in health communication centers on message framing, an area of research that investigates how subtle differences in the way health messages are framed (i.e., whether they highlight the benefits of engaging in health behavior vs. the costs of not engaging in health behavior) affect people’s motivation and health behavior. Her work in cancer prevention centers on cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection that causes cervical cancer in women, and genital, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers in men and women. For the past decade she has been investigating psychosocial factors associated with acceptability and uptake of a vaccine to prevent HPV infection. Recently her research has shifted toward working with underserved populations that are disproportionally affected by HPV-related cancers. She is currently the principal investigator of an NCI-funded longitudinal study aimed at identifying facilitators and barriers to completion of the 3-dose HPV vaccine series among low-income Hispanic adolescents. Feinberg faculty profile
Lisa Hirschhorn, M.D., M.P.H. (she/her) is a professor of Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School. Before coming to Northwestern in October 2017, Dr. Hirschhorn has held a number of positions over the last three decades including Director of HIV Services at Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, Senior Clinical Advisor for HIV at JSI Research and Training, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality for Partners In Health in Boston and most recently as Director of Implementation and Improvement Science at Ariadne Labs, a health systems innovation partnership between Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital founded by Dr. Atul Gawande. Trained in primary care, infectious disease and public health, she has worked to develop and implement better methods to measure and improve quality of care for people living with HIV and other underserved populations in the US and globally. She is a leader in the fields of implementation and improvement science focused on to evaluating and spreading effective approaches to improve the quality, equity and delivery of services in HIV, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases and primary care in the US and low and middle-income countries. At Northwestern, she is a member of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, Advisor for the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology and Affiliate in the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. She has published widely and serves as an advisor on monitoring, evaluation and quality measurement and improvement for a number of national and international organizations. Feinberg faculty profile
Amy K. Johnson, Ph.D., M.S.W., (she/her) is a research assistant professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Lurie Children’s and Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She earned her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Johnson has advanced training in program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative analysis. In addition, Dr. Johnson has a background in social work and therefore brings a strengths-based trauma-informed approach to her research and evaluation work. Dr. Johnson’s primary area of expertise and interest lies in applied HIV and STI prevention and care intervention research. Her work focuses on high priority areas of HIV intervention implementation, risk assessment and developing/assessing prevention packages, as well as in adolescent sexual health. Feinberg faculty profile
E. Patrick Johnson, Ph.D., (he/him) is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. A scholar, artist, and activist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality and performance. Johnson is a prolific performer and scholar, and an inspiring teacher, whose research and artistry has greatly impacted African American studies, Performance studies, and Sexuality studies. He has written two award-winning books, Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (Duke UP, 2003), which won the Lilla A. Heston Award, the Errol Hill Book Award, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History (University of North Carolina UP, 2008), which was recognized as a Stonewall Book Award Honor Book by the LGBT Round Table of the American Library Association. Communication faculty profile
Emilie K. Johnson, M.D./M.P.H., (she/her) is a pediatric urologist with an academic focus in health services and outcomes research. Her research interests and long-term goals are focused on improving outcomes for pediatric patients with both acute and chronic urologic conditions. She has particular interest in projects with opportunities to develop interventions to improve the quality and safety of care and improve outcomes. Currently, Dr. Johnson is involved in research projects related to a variety of conditions that impact pediatric urology patients including urinary tract infections, disorders of sexual differentiation, and kidney stones. Feinberg faculty profile
Rebecca Johnson, PhD, MSc, (she/her) is a research assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern School of Medicine. She is a social gerontologist with interests in the lived experiences of all older adults and the places and communities where people are aging, and was PI for the baseline assessment of the Age Friendliness of the City of Chicago. Her current work focuses on building the capacity of community based and policy focused stakeholders to engage with health research and researchers and is funded by PCORIs Eugene Washington Award. Dr. Johnson leads the HAPEER project (Home Care Aide Patient Centered Education and Engagement in Research) is a co-investigator for Pastors4PCOR: Facilitator Training For Research Ministry Ambassadors and was the evaluator for the recently completed Bureau of Sages:Incorporation and Translation of Older Adult Voices Into Meaningful Research. In addition, she currently works with Mather Lifeways on a mixed methods longitudinal study of Aging Well in Life Plan Communities. She is also a partner with the Endeleo Institute and Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, developing REACH (Research & Education for African-American Caregiver Health) as part of an ARCC (Alliance for Researchers in Chicagoland Communities) seed grant. Feinberg faculty profile
Judith T. Moskowitz, Ph.D., (she/her) is a social/health psychologist who conducts patient-oriented research (POR) regarding behavioral and psychosocial factors in the context of significant illness or other life stress. Her current research is focused on the adaptive role of positive emotion regulation for support of beneficial health behavior change (such as diet and physical activity) and prevention of maladaptive health behaviors (such as substance abuse.) Funded by NIMH, NIDDK, NIDA, and NINR, she examines the unique adaptive role of positive emotion in the process of coping with various types of health-related and other life stress and, through randomized trials, determine whether a positive emotion regulation intervention developed by her team can increase positive affect, reduce stress and depression, and improve health behaviors in at risk samples. Feinberg faculty profile
Dan Mroczek, Ph.D., (he/him) is a professor at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His research focuses on 1.) lifespan personality development, including change, stability, and trajectory models of key traits, 2) the influence of personality – and personality change — on physical health, mortality, and other important life outcomes (e.g. income/net worth, well-being dimensions). He also has several methodological interests, in particular multilevel modeling, survival analysis, longitudinal design, secondary and archival data analysis, and integrated data analysis (IDA). His research is supported by the National Institute on Aging. Weinberg faculty profile
Leah C. Neubauer, Ph.D., (she/her) is an assistant professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University and affiliated faculty with the Program of African Studies and Center for Global Health. Her research focuses on health education and promotion, global health & health disparities in multiple settings: schools, academic/universities, professional organizations and communities in the US and in Kenya. Her work is framed around interdisciplinary, mixed-method approaches to theory-driven, culturally responsive and sustainable health education, health promotion, and evaluation programming. Feinberg faculty profile
Frank J. Palella Jr., Ph.D., (he/him) is professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He has published widely on outcomes in large HIV-infected patient cohorts, including on topics such as survival in the HAART era, the optimal timing of HAART initiation, HIV-related chronic co-morbidities including long-term metabolic and cardiovascular complications, kidney disease, inflammation, and bone disease. He has served as principal investigator of prospective multicenter observational CDC-sponsored HIV Outpatient Study (HOPS) since 1993. He first-authored a 1998 New England Journal of Medicine article, the first to profile reductions in AIDS-associated death and disease rates as a consequence of HAART, which based upon data from the HOPS and is the most widely-cited journal article in the AIDS era. He is also an investigator for the NIH-funded Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), for which he serves as chair (Clinical Working Group, Renal Working Group) or member (Metabolic Working Group, Cardiovascular Working Group, Biomarker Working Group) of multiple committees. He is also actively involved with several other NIH-funded studies, including the Study of the Ocular Complications of AIDS, for which he serves on the steering committee, and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group. He is co-chair of the NIH-sponsored study ACTG 5322, which is a longitudinal observational study of inflammation, immune activation, and clinical events among aging persons with HIV infection. Dr. Palella is also an active clinician, and personally manages the care of over 500 patients, most of whom are HIV-infected. Since 2010 he has held an endowed professorship at the Feinberg School of Medicine, entitled the Potocsnak Family CSC Professorship, established in his honor for HIV clinical research. Feinberg faculty profile
Sarah Penzell, MA, CCC-SLP, (she/her) is a lecturer in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a clinical supervisor in the Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language with a background in acquired neurogenic communication disorders, fluency disorders, accent modification and transgender voice/communication therapy. Prior to working as a clinical instructor at Northwestern, Penzell was a rehabilitation speech-language pathologist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. School of Communication faculty profile
Sylvia Perry, Ph.D. (she/her) is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Institute for Policy Research Faculty Associate, and the Principal Investigator of the Social Cognition and Intergroup Processes (SCIP) Lab. Dr. Perry investigates how individual difference factors interact with situational factors to affect intergroup contexts, educational and healthcare settings, and people’s sense of belonging and psychological well-being. She is particularly interested in understanding whether people can recognize their own biases, how bias awareness develops, and the implications of bias awareness for prejudice reduction, intergroup contact, and health disparities.
Kirsten Simonton, M.D., (she/her) joined the Child Abuse Division faculty at Lurie Children’s Hospital in December 2016, and is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed residency training in pediatrics at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC in 2012, and remained there as Chief Pediatric Resident during the 2012-2013 academic year. She then completed fellowship training in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she developed a particular interest in the health of children in foster care. She has led clinical research and quality improvement projects in the Foster Care Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with specific focus on the LGBTQ population. She has obtained grant support from the American Academy of Pediatrics to support her clinical initiatives, and has presented her work at national academic meetings. In fellowship, she was involved in a collaboration led by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to end LGBTQ youth homelessness in greater Cincinnati. She has particular interests in process improvement, and interventions designed to improve the lives of children who have experienced trauma or marginalization. Feinberg faculty profile
Nathan Waller, MM, MA, CCC-SLP, (he/him) is a lecturer in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a clinical supervisor in the Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. A former chorus director and voice instructor, Nathan works exclusively in the diagnoses and treatment of voice disorders in both singers and non-singers. In addition to his work as a voice therapist he has a background providing communication services for transgender and gender non-conforming clients ranging from adolescents to adulthood. School of Communication faculty profile
Gregory Ward, Ph.D., (he/him) is currently professor of Linguistics at Northwestern University, where he has taught since 1986 (and was Chair from 1999-2004). His primary research area is discourse/pragmatics, with specific interests in pragmatic theory, information structure, intonational meaning, and reference/anaphora. He has published over 80 papers (including 4 books) and given over 150 talks and presentations. Recent publications have investigated deferred reference, event anaphora (with Andrew Kehler), functional compositionality (with Betty J. Birner and Jeffrey Kaplan), and generalized conversational implicature and the semantics-pragmatics boundary (with a research team). With Birner, he co-authored Information Status and Noncanonical Word Order in English (Benjamins, 1998). With Birner and Rodney Huddleston, he is co-author of ‘Information Packaging’, Chapter 16 of The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Cambridge 2002). With Laurence Horn, he is co-editor of Blackwell’s The Handbook of Pragmatics (Blackwell 2004), and with Birner, he is co-editor of Drawing the Boundaries of Meaning: Neo-Gricean Studies in Pragmatics and Semantics in Honor of Laurence R. Horn (Benjamins 2006). He is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Philosophy. In 2012, Ward received the E. LeRoy Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as a freelance linguistic consultant on legal issues relating to sentence and utterance interpretation. Weinberg faculty profile