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Steve N. Du Bois

Steve N. Du Bois, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology



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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

Chicago Health Disparities Center
Co-Principal Investigator (Steve N. Du Bois, *Arryn A. Guy, Novie Thomas). Inspiring Change: Community Based Participatory Research Grant ($21,000), December 2017. Proposal title: Prepare to Thrive: Investigating HIV treatment adherence among African Americans with serious mental illness

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

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 

Bathje, G., Pillersdorf, D., & Du Bois, S.N. (In press). Right-wing attitudes relate to stigma toward harm-reduction programs. Alcoholism & Drug Addiction.

*Ramos, S., Roundtree, A., Schepis, T., Haskard-Zolnierek, K., & Du Bois, S.N. (In press.) A Qualitative Approach to Understanding HIV-Related Stress in Texas. The Journal of Texas Medicine.

 Du Bois, S.N., Legate, N., & Kendall, A.D. (2019). Examining Partnership-Health Associations Among Lesbian Women and Gay Men Using Population-Level Data. LGBT Health6(1), 23-33.

 Du Bois, S. N., *Yoder, W., *Ramos, S., *Grotkowski, K., & Sher, T.G. (2019). Unexpected Gender Moderation of Marital Satisfaction-Health Associations in Long Distance Relationships. The Family Journal. DOI: 1066480719826300.

 Du Bois, S. N., *Yoder, W., *Guy, A. A., *Manser, K., & *Ramos, S. (2018). Examining Associations Between State-Level Transgender Policies and Transgender Health. Transgender Health3(1), 220-224.

 Du Bois, S.N., *Guy, A.A., & Legate, N. (2018). Testing the partnership-health association among African American men who have sex with men. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 4(4), 33-51.

 *Anand, L., Du Bois, S.N., *Grotkowski, K. & Sher, T.G. (2018). Defying tradition: Gender roles in long-distance relationships. The Family Journa, 25(1), 22-30l. DOI: 1066480717731342.

 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 Behavior42, 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

 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 

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