Brooke E. Wells

Brooke E. Wells, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. Program Director
Media Expertise:
  • Gender & Sexuality

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  • PhD, Social Psychology (2008)
    Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)

About Me

I received a PhD in social psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and my research focuses on HIV prevention, sexual minority communities, and the associations between substance use and sexual behavior. As a sexuality educator, I am dedicated to teaching students about gender and sexuality from a multidisciplinary perspective that incorporates content and methodological perspectives from social psychology, health psychology, clinical psychology, and public health.

Across content courses, I strive to teach critical thinking and writing skills that will transcend the subject matter to provide skills useful to students both in and beyond the classroom. Further, my continued engagement in research provides ideal opportunities for student involvement at all levels of the research process, wherein students build research and professional skills and also apply classroom principles to the real world.

Research Interests

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?.


  • 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, 1972–2012. 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), 821–835.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

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


  • National Institutes of Drug Abuse R03 (R03DA033868) (2012–2014)
  • Hunter College Travel Award (2014)


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