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Strengths and
The Black Men’s
Health Study

Informed by intersectionality, social-structural stress, and resilience theoretical frameworks, the goal of this 5 year mixed methods study (2018 - 2023) is to examine the role of social-structural stressors (e.g., police brutality, unemployment, intersectional discrimination) on substance use, negative mental and physical health; and protective factors (e.g., resilience, social support, religiosity/spirituality) among Black men at two different intersections: sexual identity (i.e., gay, bisexual, other men who have sex with men, heterosexual) and socioeconomic position (e.g., low, high). This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institutes on Drug Abuse (1 R01 DA045773-01).

Strengths and Stressors Research Team

Principal Investigator:

  • Lisa Bowleg, PhD, MA


  • Christopher M. Cannon, MPH, Director of Research and Evaluation, Whitman Walker Health
  • David Chae, ScD Associate Dean for Research, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
  • Ana Maria del Río-González, PhD, MA, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, GW
  • Gary Harper, PhD, MPH, Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
  • Michelle Stock, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, GW

Project Director:

  • Jenné S. Massie, DrPH, MA, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, GW

Strengths and Stressors Administrative Supplement

The goal of this project is to increase the number of Black bisexual men participants and establish bisexual men as a distinct sexual minority position. NIDA-funded this 1 year (2020 - 2021) administrative supplement to the parent Strengths and Stressors study (3 R011DA045773-03S1)