ISGMH Postdoctoral Training Program
ISGMH is committed to training the next generation of SGM health scholars. To that end, it has developed a postdoctoral training program with the goal of providing its postdoctoral fellows with ongoing training in SGM health research and professional development. The program includes several training activities such as:
- A “work-in-progress” meeting where fellows can present preliminary ideas and analyses for manuscripts and grants in order to get feedback from their peers;
- A “big issues” meeting to discuss major conceptual advances and issues in the field of SGM health research;
- Seminars focused on diverse topics related to grant writing and professional development.
At their discretion, ISGMH postdoctoral fellows will invite ISGMH or other faculty to these meetings to provide key expertise in these areas.
These postdoctoral training activities supplement existing educational events at ISGMH, such as the “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” lecture series, which showcases current work in the field of SGM health. Additionally, while the program is intended to provide broad training in SGM health research, it is also designed to be flexible in nature in order to accommodate the diverse interests and goals of the current postdoctoral fellows. As such, the training program is led and facilitated by a lead postdoctoral fellow with faculty input and oversight.
Current Postdoctoral Fellows
Sasha Han, Ph.D. (she/her) is a postdoctoral research fellow at ISGMH. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Davis. During her graduate training, her research focused on elucidating multi-level processes through which neurobiological, executive function, and contextual risk and resilience factors shape at risk children and adolescents’ mental health. Her research has identified joint activation of stress and gonadal hormone axes during parent-adolescent conflict discussion as a risk neurobiological profile specific to youths with high externalizing psychopathology. At ISGMH, she primarily works on FAB400 to further understand how experiences with intimate partner violence impact prospective trajectories of mental health and adjustment in young sexual and gender minorities assigned female at birth. Broadly, Sasha is interested in how relationship processes influence mental and physical health across the lifespan via tuning of biological and social cognitive representational mechanisms relevant for understanding stress and emotion regulation and healthy relationship functioning.
Ashley Kraus, Ph.D., (she/her) is a postdoctoral research fellow at ISGMH. She received her Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Indiana University. During her graduate training Ashley’s research generally focused on the intersection of media, mental health, gender, and sexuality. More specifically, Ashley explored the effect of body-positive media on discrete emotions, self-discrepancies and body-image outcomes. At ISGMH, she works on the Looking and ASAP projects. Additionally, Ashley is interested in the role media and technology play in regards to health disparities in SGM youth as well as the potential for media as a tool to help repair these disparities.
Ethan Morgan, Ph.D. (he/him) is a postdoctoral research fellow at ISGMH. He received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from The University of Chicago. During his graduate training, Ethan focused on the development of new methods to combine HIV transmission networks with social networks in a sociomolecular approach towards HIV prevention among young black MSM in Chicago. At ISGMH, he works on the RADAR project with a focus on understanding the longitudinal epidemiology of HIV among young men who have sex with men. In addition, he is continuing to work on the development of network-based HIV interventions using phylogenetic analytic techniques with the Chicago CFAR. More generally, Ethan is interested in how sexually transmitted infections, especially antibiotic resistant STIs, move through networks of at-risk individuals, the use of spatial epidemiology to inform disease intervention, and global public health.
Elissa L. Sarno, Ph.D., (she/her) is a postdoctoral research fellow at ISGMH. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. During her graduate training, Elissa’s research focused on psychosocial functioning of sexual minority individuals and basic affective and cognitive processes related to sexual health among men who have sex with men. At ISGMH, Elissa is works primarily on 2GETHER, an innovative HIV prevention and relationship education program for young male couples that integrates group and individual couples sessions to address the needs of HIV-positive and HIV-negative young men. Additionally, Elissa is interested in the role that perceptions of sexual partners play in the likelihood of engaging in sexual risk behaviors, particularly when using phone applications to find sexual partners.
Casey Xavier Hall, Ph.D., M.P.H., (he/him) is a postdoctoral research fellow at ISGMH. He received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and his MPH in Global Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. His research focuses on social influences on sexual health, violence, and substance use disparities. During his doctoral training his dissertation examined minority stress and intimate partner violence among bisexual women. At ISGMH, he works primarily on the RADAR and D2D projects. Casey is interested in multi-level influences on LGBT population health, particularly the intersections of violence, substance use, and sexual health.
If you are looking for additional opportunities for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in LGBTQ health, the following programs accept applications from LGBTQ health scholars:
Cancer Prevention & Control, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University
Endo Diabetes and Hormone Action Program, Northwestern University
Integrated Fellowship Program in Health Services Research, Northwestern University
Mechanisms Of Aging and Dementia Training Program (M.A.D.), Interdepartmental Science, Northwestern University
Medical Scientist Training Program, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Grant, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (accepting applications)
Molecular and Translational Cardiovascular Training Program, Northwestern University
Multidisciplinary Training Program in Digital Mental Health, Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
Multidisciplinary Visual Sciences Training Program, Northwestern University
Predoctoral Training Program in Reproductive Science, Medicine, and Technology, Northwestern Center for Reproductive Science
Research Training in CVD Epidemiology and Prevention, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Training Program in Sleep and Circadian Research, Departments of Neurobiology & Neurology, Northwestern University