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Congratulations are in order to the following students and faculty who have recently published their research!

Applied Social Psychology doctoral students Charlotte Hagerman (4th year) and Zeljka Macura (5th year)'s research proposal titled, “The effects of implicit theories on body weight information avoidance”  has been accepted by Experimental Psychology as a Registered Report. Charlotte and Zeljka are at the forefront of best practices in social psychology with this paper. The research proposal went through two rounds of rigorous peer review, and resulted in this favorable outcome. Co-authors on the manuscript include Dr. Michelle Stock, Dr. Phil Moore, Dr. Tonya Dodge, and Dr. Phil Wirtz.

Deepti Joshi, a sixth year Applied Social Psychology student, recently had a paper, "Compensatory Physical Activity: Impact on Type of Physical Activity and Physical Activity Habits among Female Young Adults" accepted for publication in The Journal of American College Health. Applied Social Psychology faculty member, Dr. Tonya Dodge, is co-author on this paper.

Riko Boone, a fourth year Applied Social Psychology Ph.D. student, recently published "Structuring Sexual Pleasure: Equitable Access to Biomedical HIV Prevention for Black Men Who Have Sex with Men" which appears in American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Lisa Bowleg is a co-author on the paper.

2nd-year clinical students Sharanya Rao and Brian Clark, and Clinical faculty member, Dr. Sarah Calabrese, have a new article in press at Stigma and Health:
Rao, S., Mason, C.D., Galvao, R.W., Clark, B.A., & Calabrese, S.K. (in press). "You are illegal in your own country": The perceived impact of anti-sodomy legislation among Indian sexual minorities. Stigma and Health.

Congrats to all on this important work!

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Bowleg who has been awarded a five-year R01 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse!  The title of the grant is “Reducing Black Men's Drug Use and Co-Occurring Negative Mental and Physical Health Outcomes: Intersectionality, Social-Structural Stressors, and Protective Factors’’.  Dr. Michelle Stock and Dr. Ana Mario del Rio are Co-Investigators. Great news!

"Reducing Black Men's Drug Use and Co-Occurring Negative Mental and Physical Health Outcomes: Intersectionality, Social-Structural Stressors, and Protective Factors".

This project seeks to study drug use among Black men, and other co-occurring negative health outcomes associated with social-structural stressors. Drug use is a contributing factor in six of the top ten leading causes of death among Black men ages 18 to 54. Social-structural stressors, including discrimination based on race or race and sexual identity, and drug use to cope with stress, are well known gateways to drug use among Black adults.  The researchers seek to address critical research gaps that exist on this topic by conducting a longitudinal cross-lagged explanatory- sequential (QUANT→qual) mixed methods study to test, via structural equation modeling, a conceptual model of social-structural stressors, protective factors, and drug use (alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, illicit drug use) and co-occurring negative mental (e.g., psychological distress) and physical (e.g., blood pressure) health outcomes among Black men at the intersection of sexual identity and socioeconomic position. The goal of the project is to develop multi-level (individual and social-structural) interventions to reduce drug use and encourage mental and physical health among Black men as they encounter various risks. To read the more about the study:

Drs. Michelle Stock and Tonya Dodge presented a poster at The Forum @ DC entitled, "The Impact of Recreational Marijuana Legalization in Washington, DC on Marijuana Use Cognitions." Applied Social Psychology grad student, Paige Clarke, was a co-author.

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