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Wendy Bostwick

Associate Professor

Department of Population Health Nursing Science


Building & Room:

938 NURS


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

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Wendy Bostwick, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Health Systems Science Department, College of Nursing, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her MPH and PhD in Community Health Sciences from UIC and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan. Wendy conducts research related to health disparities among sexual and gender minority populations, with a focus on mental health and substance use among bisexual women. She has been engaged in women’s health activism, research and advocacy for over 20 years. Her research incorporates multiple methods including survey research, qualitative interviews, and electronic diaries. Her current work explores how microaggressions associated with race, gender, sexual orientation and their intersection may affect mental and physical health among bisexual women and men. Her work has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the American Institute of Bisexuality. Wendy serves on the Board of Directors of the Guttmacher Institute, Howard Brown Health Center, located in Chicago, and is adjunct faculty at the Fenway Institute, in Boston, MA.

Selected Publications

Bostwick, W. B., & Dodge, B. (2019). Introduction to the Special Section on Bisexual Health: Can You See Us Now?. Archives of sexual behavior, 48(1), 79-87.

Beach, L., Bartelt, E., Dodge, B., Bostwick, W., Schick, V., Fu, T. C. J., … & Herbenick, D. (2019). Meta-perceptions of others’ attitudes toward bisexual men and women among a nationally representative probability sample. Archives of sexual behavior, 48(1), 191-197.

Bostwick, W. B., Hughes, T. L., Steffen, A., Veldhuis, C. B., & Wilsnack, S. C. (2019). Depression and Victimization in a Community Sample of Bisexual and Lesbian Women: An Intersectional Approach. Archives of sexual behavior, 48(1), 131-141.

Dodge, B., Herbenick, D., Friedman, M. R., Schick, V., Fu, T. C. J., Bostwick, W., … & Sandfort, T. G. (2016). Attitudes toward bisexual men and women among a nationally representative probability sample of adults in the United States. PLoS One, 11(10), e0164430.

Bostwick, W., & Hequembourg, A. (2014). ‘Just a little hint’: bisexual-specific microaggressions and their connection to epistemic injustices. Culture, health & sexuality, 16(5), 488-503.

Bostwick, W. B., Boyd, C. J., Hughes, T. L., West, B. T., & McCabe, S. E. (2014). Discrimination and mental health among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults in the United States. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84(1), 35.

Research Currently in Progress

Co-Principal Investigator & Site PI, Health Effects of Identity-Based Stressors among Men, R21 MD012319-01, National Institute of Minority Health & Health Disparities, $453,392. (Co-PI:Brian Dodge, Indiana University).

In addition to the above, we are in the analysis phase of the companion study, E-Diaries to Assess Health Effects of Microaggressions (R21 MD0009585), which assessed racially and ethnically diverse bisexual women's experiences of microaggressions, using daily e-diaries, a baseline survey, and qualitative interviews.