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Randi Beth Singer, PhD, MSN, MEd, CNM, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Human Development Nursing Science

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Contact

Building & Room:

646 NURS

Address:

845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone:

312.996.7837

About

Randi Singer, PhD, MSN, MEd, CNM, RN is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing. Dr. Singer obtained her BA from Clark University, her MSN from Vanderbilt University and her PhD from Widener University. A CNM with a background in human sexuality, social justice and equity education for healthcare providers, Singer’s research and practice have focused on how reproductive and sexual health education through an equity lens can reduce health disparity for vulnerable and marginalized populations such as LGBTQIA pregnant and non-pregnant patients, sex workers,1st generation LatinX adolescents and pregnant teens. Although Singer has been teaching graduate nursing students at University of Illinois Chicago since 2018, she has been working in higher education since 2012 and has taught at Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania and DePaul University Schools of Nursing. She has presented throughout the country on topics related to LGBTQ perinatal care, LGBTQ Inclusive Primary Care. In collaboration with Sex Workers Outreach Project Chicago and Howard Brown Health, Randi Singer (PI) is currently funded by the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation and the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at UIC to facilitate community empowered HIV/STI prevention interventions in Chicago, IL. When not engaged in clinical care, teaching, writing or research, Randi hangs out with her three spirited kids (Emerson, Max and Luca),her cuddly dog (Chewy)and her social worker husband (Jonathan).

Selected Grants

Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, “Centering” and Empowerment: The Road to Reducing HIV and STIs in Chicago’s Sex Worker Community, PI

Steans Center, DePaul University, Community-based Service Learning Fellowship, PI

Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, “Centering” and Empowerment: The Road to Reducing HIV and STIs among Black Sex Worker in Chicago, PI

DePaul University, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant, PI

Selected Publications

Singer, R., Crooks, N., Johnson, A.K., Lutnick, A, Matthews, P. COVID-19 Prevention and Protecting Sex Workers: A Call to Action. Arch Sexual  Behavior 49, 2739–2741 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-020-01849-x

Crooks, N., Singer, R.B. & Tluczek A. (2020). Black female sexual development across the life course: Impact of intersectional identities and historical contexts. Advances in Nursing Science. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000332

Mukerjee, R., Wesp, L., Singer, R.B.,  Menkin, D.,(In Press) Clinician’s Guide to LGBTQ Care: Social Justice and Cultural Safety in Sexual, Reproductive and Primary Health. Springer Publication.

Singer, R.B., Crane, Lemay, Omary (2019) Improving the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavioral Intentions of Perinatal Care Providers Toward Childbearing Individuals Identifying as LGBTQ: A Quasi-Experimental Study. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 50(7), 303-311 doi 10.3928/00220124-20190612-05

Singer, R. B. (2015). LGBTQ Focused Education: Can Inclusion Be Taught? International Journal of Childbirth Education, 30(2), 17 – 19.

Singer, R. B. (2012). Improving Prenatal Care for Pregnant Lesbians. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 27(4), 37 – 40.

Singer, R. B., Wilson, A, Wilson, J. (2007) ACNM Exam Prep Workbook. Silver Spring, MD. American College of Nurse-Midwives.

McGill, M., Singer, R. B., Wilson, A. (2006) ACNM Exam Prep Workbook. Silver Spring, MD. American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Service to Community

2020          Peer Reviewer JMWH, Journal for Nursing Education, Journal of Homosexuality

2019/20.      A IDS Foundation Chicago, PrEP Women’s Health Subcommittee.

2019          Peer Reviewer JMWH, Journal for Continuing Education in Nursing

 

2017 -        Outreach with Sex Workers Outreach Project-Chicago

2020

2017/18    Community-based Service Learning Committee Member

2017          Philadelphia Trans Health Conference External Peer Reviewer

2017-19     External Peer Reviewer for Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

2017          DePaul Athletics Mock Interview Night

2017          HESI Practice Test & Case Study Training, RFU

2017          Community Engagement Seminar, DePaul University

Notable Honors

2015, Gender and Women's Studies, Triota Honor Society

2005, Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing

2004, Nursing Scholar, Vanderbilt University

Education

Clark University BA 05/1998 Communication Culture
Vanderbilt University MSN 12/2004 Nurse-Midwifery
Widener University MEd 05/2014 Sexuality Education
Widener University PhD 05/2015 Human Sexuality
DePaul University Fellowship 08/2018 Community Service Learning Research

Licensures and Certifications

Illinois RN License #RN560103, valid through 05/31/2020

Illinois APN License #209014152, valid through 5/31/2020

American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) (2005-2018) #11772

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner NCC Certified (2005-2008) # 104318173

Limited Third Trimester OB Ultrasound Certification (2005, 2011)

Basic Life Support

Neonatal Resuscitation

Professional Memberships

American Nurses Association

American Midwifery Certification Board

National League for Nursing

 

Selected Presentations

2019

Community Empowerment: The Road to Reducing HIV among Sex Workers in Chicago. July 22, 2019 National Sexual Health Conference, Chicago, IL

Sex Work and Getting to Zero 101: AIDS Foundation Chicago, PrEP Women’s Health Subcommittee.

2018

Nursing Students as Health Educators. International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement. July 18-20, 2018. New Orleans, LA.

2017

Do You have LGBTQ Patients? A foundation for Inclusive Care in Rural Alaska Webinar. Prevent, Treat, Educate Conference.  May 8, 2017. Anchorage, Alaska.

2016

Do You have LGBTQ Patients? A foundation for Inclusive Care. Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nurses Midwest Conference.  October 7, 2016. Lisle, Illinois.

Poster Presentation: LGBTQ training for obstetrical care providers in two urban settings: An examination of changes in attitudes, knowledge, and intended behavior.  Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nurses Midwest Conference.  October 7, 2016. Lisle, Illinois.

LGBT Patient Care:  Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles: Randi Singer and Dane Menkin.  LGBT Institute Symposium.  November 19, 2016. Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Do You have LGBTQ Patients? A foundation for Inclusive Care. National Sex Education Conference.  December 8, 2016.  Atlantic City, NJ.

Research Currently in Progress

I am excited to be part of an interdisciplinary team that has forged a partnership with Sex Worker Outreach-Chicago and Howard Brown Health. Funded by the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation and UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, our  team is aligned through our various work with sexually, economically and racially marginalized populations and a shared interest in facilitating research that builds capacity and supports health equity for under-resourced populations.  We share a breadth of experience ranging from scientific medicine to public health to epidemiology to nursing to anthropology in order to address the HIV prevention needs of sex workers in Chicago through a community empowerment approach. The literature acknowledges that community empowerment approaches have succeeded in lowering HIV transmission rates among sex workers in other countries. For this project, we intend to use a mixed methods design to gain insight into who the population is and what their current health status and disease prevention practices are.  In addition to a survey -based epidemiological assessment of the population, this study intends to use focus groups and one-on-one interview methods facilitated by sex workers to gain insight into the barriers that sex workers experience regarding HIV and STI prevention.