Kathryn Macapagal, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Medical Social Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Monday, April 27, 2020
Noon – 1 p.m. CT
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Kathryn Macapagal, PhD (she/her) is a research assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She also directs the Social Media Working Group at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. A licensed clinical psychologist and public health researcher, her work uses qualitative and quantitative methods to shed light on sexual and gender minority adolescents’ and young adults’ sexual health needs (e.g., PrEP, HIV testing, sex education), with the aim of using youth insights to inform technology-enabled programs for sexual health promotion and HIV/STI prevention. Her work leverages social media and technology to reach youth where they are, and also seeks to understand the role of media and technology (e.g., sexual networking applications, sexually explicit media) in youth’s sexual health, development, and well-being.

Dr. Macapagal is an Associate Editor of Archives of Sexual Behavior, and in addition to her scientific publications, she has written about sex, HIV, and sexual and gender minority youth for outlets such as Scientific American, Rewire News, and Ms. Magazine through the Public Voices Fellowship of the Op-Ed Project. She holds a B.A. in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in clinical science from Indiana University, where she received doctoral training at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She completed a residency in HIV and medical psychology at the Medical College of Georgia and a fellowship in health services and outcomes research at Northwestern University.

 

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