“The joy of discovery is certainly the liveliest that the mind...can ever feel”

- Claude Bernard -


Broadly, I am interested in research questions related to health and health behaviors; the health of individuals in romantic relationships; and, health research methodology.


Specifically, I focus on depression, sex, medication adherence, and exercise; health behaviors of individuals in sexual and gender minority (SGM) partnership and long-distance relationships; and, African American health research participation. 


Illinois Institute of Technology

Co-Principal Investigator. (Steve N. Du Bois & *Wren Yoder) 

Lewis College Faculty Research Support Grant ($2,000), November 2019

Proposal Title: Testing a Pilot Intervention Aiming to Increase Transgender Allyship among Future Healthcare Providers.

American Psychological Foundation

Co-Principal Investigator. (Steve N. Du Bois & *Stephen D. Ramos)

The Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grant ($1,000), December 2018.

Proposal title: Examining Barriers and Facilitators to PrEP Uptake in Sex Workers, using a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiatives

Co-Principal Investigator (Steve N. Du Bois, *Arryn A. Guy, Novie Thomas)

A Subaward of "Training and Development to Engage African Americans with Mental Illness as Research Leaders," ($21,000), December 2017.  P.I., Lindsay Sheehan, $250,000.

Proposal title: Prepare to Thrive: Investigating HIV treatment adherence among African Americans with serious mental illness. 

Adler University

Co-Principal Investigator. (Steve N. Du Bois & Seema Saigal)

Seed Grant ($3,000), November 2017.

Proposal title: Dyadic, Longitudinal Assessment of Health in Long Distance Relationships

Adler University

Principal Investigator

Seed Grant ($1,817), November 2015. Proposal title: Gender and Health in Long Distance Relationships


The Family Institute at Northwestern University

Principal Investigator

Early Researcher Award ($1,200) March 2013. Proposal title: Long Distance Relationships and Health