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Wendy Bostwick, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Department of Population Health Nursing Science

Pronouns: She/her



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

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Wendy Bostwick, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in Population Health Nursing Science, 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 inequities among sexual and gender minority populations, with a focus on mental health and substance use among bisexual people. Wendy is particularly interested in how stigma, prejudice and discrimination influence health outcomes. Her research incorporates multiple methods including survey research, qualitative interviews, and electronic diaries. To date, her work has been cited over 5,000 times. Wendy has been an invited speaker at the National Institutes of Health, the National Academic of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, GLMA and many others.

Wendy's more recent interests and collaborations include translational efforts to design interventions for sexual minority women, and exploring how epistemic injustice plays out in care settings.

Her research 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, among others. Wendy served on the Board of Directors of the Guttmacher Institute for six years, including as Vice President, and Howard Brown Health, one of the nation's largest FQHCs serving the LGBTQ+ community, including as inaugural Co-Chair of the Board's DEI committee. She is currently adjunct faculty at the Fenway Institute, in Boston, MA.

Wendy's 2021 appearance on National Public Radio can be found here:

The report from the National Institute of Health's Workshop on Bisexual Health, Co-Chair by Wendy and colleague Dr. Brian Dodge, can be found here:

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Selected Grants

NIMHD, Health Effects of Identity-Based Stressors among Men, R21 MD012319, Co-Principal Investigator & Site PI (2017-2021)

NIMHD, Center for Health Equity Research Chicago U54 00357895, Co-Investigator, Co-Lead of Community Engagement and Dissemination Core (2017 - 2020)

NIMHD, E-Diaries to Assess Health Effects of Microaggressions R21 MD0009585, Principal Investigator (2015 - 2018)

Selected Publications

Smith, A. U., Bostwick, W. B., Burke, L., Hequembourg, A. L., Santuzzi, A., & Hughes, T. L. (2022). How deep is the cut? The influence of daily microaggressions on bisexual women’s health. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.


Bostwick, W. B., Smith, A. U., Hequembourg, A. L., Santuzzi, A., & Hughes, T. (2021). Microaggressions and Health Outcomes among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Bisexual Women. Journal of Bisexuality, 1-23.


Williams, D., Dodge, B., Berger, B., Kimbrough, A., & Bostwick, W. B. (2020). Self-reported health concerns and healthcare experiences among diverse bisexual men: An exploratory qualitative study. Journal of Bisexuality, 1-23. DOI: 10.1080/15299716.2020.1822256

Hequembourg, A. L., Blayney, J. A., Livingston, J. A., Bostwick, W., & Auerbach, S. (2019). A mixed methods investigation of sexual victimisation and coping among sexual minority compared to heterosexual women. Psychology & Sexuality, 1-20.

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.

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.