Postdoctoral Fellows

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.

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.

Check our employment page for postdoctoral fellowships at ISGMH. For additional postdoctoral opportunities in LGBTQ health, click here.

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

 

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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.


Ji-Young Lee, Ph.D., (she/her) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at ISGMH working with Keep It Up! (KIU!) and the SMART Project. She received her Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health as well as her MSPH at the University of Miami. During her graduate training, Ji-Young’s research focused on bridging the boundaries that have traditionally divided behavioral and biomedical approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention among sexual minority men who use stimulants. Specifically, Ji-Young examined the efficacy of a behavioral intervention for optimizing TasP, the associations of positive and negative affective states with biological processes relevant to HIV pathogenesis, and factors relevant to enhancing participation in HIV cure research. Additionally, Ji-Young is interested in the role that dual minority stress (ethnic and sexual) plays on young Latinx sexual minority men’s substance use, HIV risk, and romantic relationships.


Christopher Owens, Ph.D., M.P.H., (he/him) is a Postdoctoral Scholar at ISGMH. He received his Ph.D. in Health Behavior and his M.P.H. in Behavioral, Social and Community Health from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. Chris’s research focuses on rural HIV prevention and care and rural SGM heath. He has conducted studies exploring the rural PrEP care continuum, the rural HIV care continuum, and sexual history taking among rural providers. Additionally, Chris is interested in the role eHealth and technology plays in preventing HIV and SGM disparities in rural settings.


A headshot of Elissa SarnoElissa 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.


Joshua M. Schrock, Ph.D, M.P.H., (he/him) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at ISGMH. Josh received a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Oregon and an M.P.H. in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University. His research focuses on the connections between social context, physiology, and health. His work at ISGMH investigates risk factors and health outcomes associated with systemic inflammation among young men who have sex with men, trans women, and non-binary individuals participating in the RADAR project.


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.

Previous ISGMH Postdoctoral Fellows

 

Lauren Beach, J.D., Ph.D., (she/her) is a research assistant professor in Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, and the Associate Director of EDIT at ISGMH in the research group of Dr. Gregory Phillips, II. Beach was also a postdoctoral research fellow at ISGMH. Please see full bio here. Read more about Lauren’s work. Feinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile

 


birkett-michelle-3x4Michelle Birkett, Ph.D., (she/her) is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University, an ISGMH core faculty member, and directs the CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Research Program within ISGMH. Birkett was also a postdoctoral fellow at ISGMH. Please see full bio here. Feinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile

 


L. Zachary DuBois, Ph.D., (he/him), is currently an assistant professor at The University of Oregon in the Department of Anthropology. DuBois was also a postdoctoral fellow at ISGMH whose research focuses on stigma, stress, resilience and health among trans and gender diverse people. Please see full bio here.

 

 


Brian Feinstein, Ph.D., (he/him) is a research assistant professor at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH). He has secondary appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Feinstein was also a postdoctoral fellow at ISGMH. Please see full bio here. ISGMH faculty profile | Feinberg faculty profile |  PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile

 


A headshot of Patrick Janulis.Patrick Janulis, Ph.D., (he/him) is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences, an ISGMH core faculty member, and also serves as the quantitative methodologist for the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. Janulis was also a postdoctoral fellow at ISGMH. Please see full bio here. Feinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile

 


Dennis Li, M.P.H., Ph.D., (he/him) is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology and an ISGMH core faculty member. Li was also a postdoctoral research fellow at ISGMH. Please see full bio hereFeinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography

 

 


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Kathryn R. Macapagal, Ph.D., (she/her) is a research assistant professor in the Departments of Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and an ISGMH core faculty member. Macapagal was also a postdoctoral research fellow at ISGMH. Please see full bio hereFeinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile

 

 


A headshot of Ethan Morgan.Ethan Morgan, Ph.D., (he/him) is an associate professor at The Ohio State University in the College of Nursing. He was 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 worked 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 continued 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.


Bálint Néray, Ph.D., (he/him) is a postdoctoral fellow on the analysis of ego-centric networks essential in understanding various social phenomena with SONIC Lab, Northwestern University. Néray was also a postdoctoral fellow with ISGMH, working with Dr. Michelle Birkett across several projects related to Network Science and disparities in HIV. He completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at the Corvinus University of Budapest and worked as a research associate at the Social Network Analysis Research Center at the Università della Svizzera italiana. In 2014 he completed a Fulbright Research Fellowship at Duke University. In his earlier work he utilized advanced network methods to study racial and ethnic identity formation, its consequences on interpersonal tie-formation and relational integration among school kids. He hopes to contribute to the analysis of ego-centric networks that is essential in understanding the social mechanisms through which HIV-spread operates. Please see his current bio here.


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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. Phillips was also a postdoctoral research fellow at ISGMH. Please see full bio hereFeinberg faculty profile | PubMed bibliography | Northwestern Scholars profile

 


Jae Puckett, Ph.D., (they/them), is currently an assistant professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Psychology. Puckett was a postdoctoral fellow at ISGMH from 2014-2015, when they received an NIH F-32 grant for their study on predictors of substance use and HIV risk behaviors in transgender individuals. Their research focuses broadly on health disparities for transgender and gender diverse individuals, the social and contextual drivers of these negative health outcomes, and ways of coping and being resilient in the face of oppression. Please see full bio here 


 

Opportunities

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

Scientist Training Program in Kidney Disease, NUKIDs

Training Program in Sleep and Circadian Research, Departments of Neurobiology & Neurology, Northwestern University