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Michelle Birkett, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and directs the CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Research Program within the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. Dr. Birkett’s research uses network and quantitative methodologies to understand the social contextual influence of stigma on the health and wellbeing of marginalized populations, and in particular, sexual and gender minority youth. This work is influenced by a multilevel perspective of health that considers direct and indirect influences of multiple levels of the social and physical environment. This multilevel approach to understanding health underlies her interest in network data and her commitment to conducting research that leads to social change at multiple levels of society to eliminate health disparities. Dr. Birkett has led multiple NIH-funded projects. She is the recipient of a NIH Career Development Award focused on understanding network, multilevel, and contextual influences on racial disparities in HIV within young men who have sex with men (K08 DA037825). She also directs Network Canvas (R01 DA042711; Dual PIs: Birkett & Phillips), a software development project which seeks to simplify the collection and streamline the management of social data, thereby allowing health researchers to assess more nuanced associations between social contextual factors and disease. She co-leads with Noshir Contractor the Network Data Core of RADAR (U01 DA036939), which is in charge of the collection and analysis longitudinal observations of sexual, drug, and support networks of over 1200 YMSM. Finally, she is an member of the Executive Board of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

… → 2010

Research interests

  • AIDS
  • Adolescent Health
  • Big Data
  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • HIV Infection
  • Health Disparities
  • Lesbian
  • Network Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Science
  • Systems Science
  • Transgender (LGBT) Healthcare

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    A Response to Cimpian and Timmer (2020): Limitations and Misrepresentation of “Mischievous Responders” in LGBT+ Health Research

    Phillips, G., Felt, D., Fish, J. N., Ruprecht, M. M., Birkett, M. & Poteat, V. P., Jul 1 2020, In : Archives of Sexual Behavior. 49, 5, p. 1409-1414 6 p.

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    Assessing the stability of egocentric networks over time using the digital participant-aided sociogram tool Network Canvas

    Hogan, B., Janulis, P. F., Phillips ii, G. L., Melville, J., Mustanski, B., Contractor, N. & Birkett, M., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Network Science. p. 204-222 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Landscape of HIV Implementation Research Funded by the National Institutes of Health: A Mapping Review of Project Abstracts

    Smith, J. D., Li, D. H., Hirschhorn, L. R., Gallo, C., McNulty, M., Phillips, G., Birkett, M., Rafferty, M., Rao, A., Villamar, J. A., Baral, S., Mustanski, B., Brown, C. H. & Benbow, N. D., Jun 1 2020, In : AIDS and behavior. 24, 6, p. 1903-1911 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • The Impact of Closeness to Non-Parental Adults in Social Networks on Substance Use among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men

    Sterrett-Hong, E. M., Birkett, M., Kuhns, L., Zhang, D. & Mustanski, B., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Homosexuality.

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