Kathryn Rose Macapagal

  • 305 Citations
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Research Interests

Behavioral medicine / health psychology; integrated care; sexual and gender minority populations; sexual health; people living with HIV

I am a clinical health psychologist with a background in experimental, qualitative, and online research methods. My research interests intersect sexual health and behavior, HIV prevention, and sexual and gender minority populations. My work has focused on three main areas: 1) understanding ethical issues in sexual health and HIV prevention research and healthcare with sexual and gender minority adolescents; 2) examining the role of social media and technology in sexual minority adolescent and adult men's sexual health, romantic relationships, identity development, and well-being and developing technology-based interventions; 3) investigating sexual healthcare access and experiences among SGM youth, particularly PrEP awareness and perspectives among SGM adolescents.

Sexual health and behavior; HIV prevention; adolescent health; sexual and gender minority populations; new media and technology; online research methods; research ethics; pre-exposure prophylaxis

Training Experience

2013Internship, Medical College of Georgia/Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
2014Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Indiana University

… → 2012


  • AIDS
  • Adolescent Health
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Ethics of Research with Human Subjects
  • HIV Infection
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Psychology
  • Health Services Research
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Mental Health
  • Mixed Methods
  • Lesbian
  • Gay
  • Bisexual
  • Transgender (LGBT) Healthcare

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Grants 2014 2023

Medication Adherence
HIV Infections
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Pragmatic Clinical Trials
Motivational Interviewing
Secondary Prevention
Public Health Practice
Medication Adherence

Research Output 2011 2019

  • 305 Citations
  • 39 Article
  • 1 Chapter
1 Citation (Scopus)
Reproductive Health
Risk Reduction Behavior
Minority Health
Health Behavior

Measuring Discomfort in Health Research Relative to Everyday Events and Routine Care: An Application to Sexual and Gender Minority Youth

Macapagal, K. R., Bettin, E., Matson, M., Kraus, A., Fisher, C. B. & Mustanski, B., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Adolescent Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reproductive Health
Sexual Minorities

Sexual and Gender Minority Youth’s Perspectives on Sharing De-identified Data in Sexual Health and HIV Prevention Research

Matson, M., Macapagal, K. R., Kraus, A., Coventry, R., Bettin, E., Fisher, C. B. & Mustanski, B., Mar 1 2019, In : Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 16, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reproductive Health
1 Citation (Scopus)
Transgender Persons
Sexual Behavior
Sexual Minorities
10 Citations (Scopus)

Attitudes Toward Fertility and Reproductive Health Among Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Adolescents

Chen, D., Matson, M., Macapagal, K. R., Johnson, E. K., Rosoklija, I., Finlayson, C. A., Fisher, C. B. & Mustanski, B., Jul 1 2018, In : Journal of Adolescent Health. 63, 1, p. 62-68 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Transgender Persons
Reproductive Health
Health Personnel