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Brooke E. Wells PhD

Associate Professor

  • PhD Social Psychology 2008

    Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)

  • HSED 851 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods II

  • HSED 510 Applications of Educational Research

My research focuses on sexual health behavior and the social, developmental, contextual, and psychological factors that influence sexual decision-making, particularly in substance-involved contexts. My overarching professional goals are to produce theoretically grounded research that informs understandings of sexual health behavior, thus providing specific targets on which to intervene to improve sexual health outcomes. To address these research aims, I conduct research wherein I employ a variety of methodologies, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods designs. In the pursuit of these goals, I apply social psychological perspectives to investigate two overarching questions that guide my research agenda: (1) What are the social influences on sexual health behaviors and for whom and how are those factors influential? and (2) What are the psychosocial factors involved in sexual decisions and relationships and what are the mechanisms of action and interaction among these factors?.

Selected Awards

  • National Institutes of Drug Abuse R03 (R03DA033868), 20122014

  • Hunter College Travel Award, 2014

Selected Publications

  • Kim, J., & Wells, B. E. (in press). Assessing alcohol and sexual content on reality dating programs. Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

  • Twenge, J.M., Sherman, R., & Wells, B. E. (in press). Changes in American adults’ sexual behavior and attitudes, 19722012. Provisionally accepted. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1–13.

  • Wells, B.E., Starks, J.T., Parsons, J.T., & Golub, S.A. (2014). Conflict and sexual expectancies interact to predict sexual behaviour under the influence among gay and bisexual men. Journal of Health Psychology, 19(7), 821835.

American Psychological Association (APA), Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)