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Steve N. Du Bois

Steve N. Du Bois, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology



220 Tech Central


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Couple Therapy: The Family Institute at Northwestern University, 2015
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Psychology (Clinical), 2013
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, Psychology (Clinical), 2009
B.A., University of Michigan, Psychology, 2005

Research Interests 

Health and health behaviors related to HIV, sex, adherence, exercise; coping; depression
Individual health in romantic and sexual partnerships, including partnership among sexual and gender minorities (SGM); and, long-distance relationships
Health research methodology; recruitment and retention of racial/ethnic minorities in health research

Professional Society Memberships 

  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Rocky Mountain Psychological Association
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
  • Western Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Public Health Association

Editorial Board Service 

  • Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice
  • Family Process
  • Journal of Homosexuality
  • LGBT Health & Wellness Conference
  • Psychological Services
  • AIDS Care
  • Journal of Anxiety Disorders
  • Psychology of Women

Research & Major Accomplishments 

Grants Received

Adler University Seed Grant, 2015-16
Used to conduct the Gender Socialization in Long Distance Relationships study

The Family Institute at Northwestern University Early Researcher Award, 2013-14
Used to conduct the Long-Distance Relationships and Health study

Awards & Honors 

Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award
Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013

Harry S. Upshaw Award for Excellence in Teaching
Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012

Department of Psychology Travel Grant
University of Illinois at Chicago, Spring 2008, 2009, 2010, Fall 2011, 2012

Graduate Student Council Award
University of Illinois at Chicago, Spring 2009, 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012

LGBT Summer Institute (LGBTSI) Fellow
University of Michigan, Summer 2010


The Family Institute at Northwestern University
Dr. John J. B. Morgan Fellowship (annual salary) 2013-15

Selected Publications 

Anand, L, Du Bois, S.N., Sher, T., Grotkowski, K. (In press). Defying tradition: Gender roles in long distance relationships. The Family Journal.

Du Bois, S.N., Sher, T., Grotkowski, K., Aizenman, T, Slesinger, N, & Cohen, M. (2016). Going the distance: health in long-distance versus proximal relationships. The Family Journal, 24(1), 5-14.

Holland, C.M., Ritchie, N.D., & Du Bois, S.N. (2015). Itunes song-gifting is a low-cost, efficient recruitment tool to engage high-risk MSM in internet-based research. AIDS Behavior. 19(10), 1914-1918. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-015-1130-y

Raja, S., Holland, C., Du Bois, S.N., McKirnan, D., Allgood, K. L., & Glick, N. (2015). History of Traumatic Events in HIV-Positive Individuals: Risk Behavior Implications in an Urban Clinic Setting. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services,14(1),110-128.

Nelson, L.E., Walker, J., Du Bois, S.N., & Giwa, S. (2014). Your blues ain’t like mine: Considering integrative anti-racism in HIV prevention research with Black men who have sex with men in Canada and the United States. Nursing Inquiry, 21, 270-282. DOI: 10.1111/nin.12055

McKirnan, D.J., Du Bois, S.N., Alvy, L., Holland, C., & Jones, K. (2013). Healthcare access and health behaviors among men who have sex with men: The cost of health disparities. Health Education & Behavior, 40, 32-41. DOI: 10.1177/1090198111436340.

Parsons, J., Starks, T., Du Bois, S.N., Golub, S., & Grov, C. (2013). Alternatives to monogamy among gay male couples in a community survey: implications for mental health and sexual risk. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 303-312. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-011-9885-3

Du Bois, S.N. & McKirnan, D.J. (2012). A longitudinal analysis of HIV-treatment adherence among men who have sex with men : a cognitive escape perspective. AIDS Care, 24, 1425-1431. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2011.650676

Du Bois, S.N., Johnson, S.E., & Mustanski, B. (2012). Examining racial and ethnic minority differences among YMSM during recruitment for an online HIV prevention intervention study. AIDS and Behavior, 16: 1430-1435. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-011-0058-0

Alvy, L, McKirnan, D.J., Du Bois, S.N., Jones, K. Ritchie, N., & Fingerhut, D. (2011). Health care disparities and behavioral health among men who sex with men. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 23, 507-522. DOI: 10.1080/10538720.2011.611114

Du Bois, S.N., Emerson, E., & Mustanski, B. (2011). Condom-related problems among a racially diverse sample of young men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, 15, 1342-1346. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-010-9862-1

Mustanski, B., Newcomb, M.E., Du Bois, S.N., Garcia, S., & Grov, C. (2011). HIV in young men who have sex with men: A review of epidemiology, risk and protective factors, and interventions. Annual Review of Sex Research, 48, 218-253. DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2011.558645

Matthews, A., Hotton, A., Du Bois, S.N., Fingerhut, D., & Kuhns, L. (2011). Demographic, Psychosocial and Contextual Correlates of Tobacco Use In Sexual Minority Women. Research in Nursing and Health, 34, 141-152. DOI: 10.1002/nur.20427

Ji, P., Du Bois, S.N., & Finnessey, P. (2009). An Academic Course That Teaches Heterosexual Students to be Allies to LGBT Communities: A Qualitative Analysis. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 21, 402-429. DOI: 10.1080/10538720802690001