Du Bois Health Behavior Laboratory
Illinois Institute of Technology
227 TC, 3424 S. State, Chicago, IL 60616
What We Study:
The DBHB Lab is comprised of IIT faculty and students committed to researching health and health behaviors. Our specific points of focus include HIV, health in romantic relationships, sexual behavior, and sexuality and gender. We aim to conduct rigorous and innovative research; and, to disseminate our findings to the populations we work with.
Who We Are:
Dr. Steve N. Du Bois is the Director of DBHB Lab, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. This is his second research lab, after leading the Behavioral Medicine Research Lab at Northwestern University's Family Institute, from 2013-2015. His research focuses on health behaviors such as sex, treatment adherence, diet and exercise; partnership and health, e.g. the health of individuals in sexual and gender minority (SGM) relationships or long distance relationships (LDR); and also, health research recruitment, retention, and methodology. Dr. Du Bois enjoys doing research, mentoring other researchers, and teaching students about research in the classroom. He has received multiple grants for his research, published his findings in academic journals, and presented his research nationally and internationally.
Arryn Guy is a sixth year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at IIT. Her research interests primarily focus on the cognitive and emotional factors that influence the self-regulation of health behaviors, including timely medical care and following a treatment regimen as prescribed - particularly in sexual, gender, and ethnic minority groups. Arryn hopes to develop interventions and assessment procedures that effectively identify and address the intersectionality of marginalized communities' experiences that may affect individual motivation for health behavior change.
Kelly Manser is a third-year student in IIT's Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Tufts University, where she was captain of the varsity fencing team. Before enrolling at IIT, Kelly spent several years coordinating studies in health psychology (e.g., substance abuse, chronic pain) at a small-business research firm outside of Boston. She has presented posters at annual meetings of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Pain Society. Kelly's current research interests are broad and include the intersection of behavioral health outcomes and relationship dynamics in couples and families, including non-traditional couples and families.
Humza Khan received his B. S in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before enrolling in IIT's clinical psychology Ph.D. program, Humza spent several years in undergrad researching in a variety of labs including ones specializing in saccadic eye movements, fibromyalgia, and empathy. Humza's research interests include health in marginalized communities, as evidenced by his field work in Pakistan and Guatemala. He is specifically interested in studying potential connections between escape behavior and social learning within at-risk communities.
Stephen Ramos, is a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology at IIT. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Texas, and his M.A. in Psychological Research from Texas State University. His research interests include health-promoting and health-compromising behaviors in marginalized communities, harm/risk reduction, and health in chronic illness populations. Stephen’s clinical experiences include generalist training in inpatient and residential facilities with individuals across the lifespan, as well as college mental health at IIT’s Student Health & Wellness Center. Specialized trainings in behavioral medicine include the Health Psychology/Biofeedback rotations at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, and the Heart & Lung Transplant rotation at Loyola University Medical Center.
Honor Woodward is a second-year student in the Illinois Institute of Technology’s clinical psychology doctoral program. Prior to starting at IIT, she received a B.S. in psychology with a minor in gender studies at Stetson University in central Florida, where she graduated magna cum laude. During her time at Stetson, Honor was executive director and founder of Stetson’s dance marathon program and served as a research assistant in the psychology department. Her research interests include body image and the etiological models of disordered eating behavior. More specifically, she is interested in cognitive fusion and its role in negative body image experience and eating disorder symptomatology. In the future, Honor hopes to study eating and exercise behaviors more broadly, and in different populations of study.
Wren Yoder is a PhD student studying clinical psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from U.C. Berkeley. Her research interests include associations between patient-provider relationships and health outcomes (e.g. treatment adherence) as well as romantic relationships and health. Wren’s clinical experiences include the psychosocial oncology rotation at Loyola University Medical Center and the HIV Care Program at Mercy Hospital.
Lynn Kannout is a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at IIT. Prior to this, Lynn received a B.A. in psychology with a concentration in human services and a double minor in public health and peace, justice, and conflict studies at DePaul University. During this time, she worked on a variety of projects looking from looking at the efficacy of community mental health to examining the role of White entitlment in the dehumanization of others. Her current research interest includes how exposure to systemic oppression (racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, etc.) affects the health of marginalized communities. In the future, Lynn hopes to create evidence-based interventions to relieve health disparities among minorities.
Shawn Fraine is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He received a B.L.S. in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Prior to enrolling at IIT, Shawn also spent a year coordinating the SPAN lab at Washington University in St. Louis. His past work has been in trauma, specifically sexual revictimization. However, he is broadly interested in how body dysmorphic disorder, suicidal ideations, and trauma impact the health and relationships of LGBTQ+ individuals. Shawn was also grateful to be awarded the 2018 Student and Early Career Psychologist Engagement Award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association for his work on sexual trauma within the transgender population.
Timothy Tully is a fourth year undergraduate student at Illinois Institute of Technology. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychological science with a specialization in clinical/behavioral health psychology. His research interests include the effects of stigma on mental and physical health and the effects of mental health disorders on seeking and adhering to treatment.
Ellaina Yon is a third year undergraduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology, pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. Her research interests include exploring the influence of mental health on physical wellness and biological diseases, as well as the correlations between behavioral health and social relationships.
Magda Wisniewska is a fourth year undergraduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychological Science. Her research interests include exploring the relationship between gender and mental health care, as well as the impacts of mental illness on chronic health conditions.
We are designing studies, conducting studies, analyzing data, and/or writing manuscripts on the following topics:
Facilitators and barriers to PrEP use among sex workers
Training future healthcare providers to be transgender allies
HIV treatment adherence among African Americans
SGM partnership and psychological health
Longitudinal health in long-distance relationships
Patient-provider variables related to health behaviors
Structural stigma and health outcomes among SGM
We value collaboration with other researchers and research teams. Please contact Dr. Steve Du Bois, by clicking the button below, if you are interested in working in the lab, or with the lab!