Du Bois Health Psychology Laboratory

Illinois Institute of Technology

227 TC, 3424 S. State, Chicago, IL 60616

P: 312.567.3944

What We Study:

The DBHP Lab is comprised of IIT faculty and students committed to researching health and the biopsychosocial factors that influence health. Our specific points of focus include HIV, health in romantic relationships, sexual behavior, and sexuality and gender. We also aim to use psychological science and health research to inform public policy. We promote and use community-based approaches to research.

Who We Are:

Dr. Steve N. Du Bois (he/they) is the Director of DBHP 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 an alumna of the DBHP lab and of the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Illinois Institute of Technology (class of 2020). Her research interests focus on the translation of evidence-based behavioral health interventions from testing to implementation using community-engaged research methods, with the ultimate goal of increasing rates of HIV viral suppression and reducing HIV-related comorbidities among racial/ethnic and sexual/gender minorities. 

Kelly A. Manser, M.S., is a fourth-year student in IIT's clinical psychology Ph.D. program.  She earned 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 four years coordinating health psychology studies full-time in both academic and small-business environments. Her research interests encompass the intersection of behavioral health outcomes and close interpersonal relationships, especially in the context of individual, interpersonal, and structural-level stress. Kelly's clinical rotations in health psychology include Abdominal Transplant/Psychosocial Endocrinology at Loyola Medical Center and Primary Care Behavioral Health at Hines VA.

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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 bio-behavioral health risk and equity in marginalized communities, harm/risk reduction, and 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 training 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. Stephen is also the 2020-2022 Health Psychology representative for the APA Science Student Council. 

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Honor Woodward is a third-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 second-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.


Marlena Cannon is a third-year undergraduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychological Science with a specialization in Clinical/Behavioral Health Psychology. Her research interests include exploring mental health in vulnerable populations, such as refugees, at-risk adolescents, and those who have experienced poverty, as well as the psychological effects of mental health stigmas concerning people of color (POC) and underprivileged communities.


Winnie Guerra is a third-year undergraduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her research interests include the mental health of underprivileged groups as well as the impact of health disparities on the physical and mental health of marginalized populations. Winnie is especially interested in health in children and young people.

Timothy Tully is an alumnus of the DBHP Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He received his 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.

Current Projects:

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! 

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Frane Santic is a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at IIT. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Louisville and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Dayton. His research interest broadly is the influence that relationships can have on mental health. More recently, he has developed an interest in exploring relationships and social support within LGBTQ+ populations. His clinical experiences include conducting evaluations for local agencies and providing addiction rehabilitation services.