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CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

BI-STAR

Principal Investigator: Dr. Brian Feinstein

The goal of this project is to understand how stress and trauma influence mental health, substance use, and relationship functioning over time among bi+ people.

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REACH

Principal Investigator: Dr. Brian Feinstein

Co-Investigators: Drs. Jeremy Goldbach, Fallon Goodman, and Steven Miller

Funder: National Institute of Mental Health (R01MH130375)

The goal of this project is to understand how minority stress influences mental health over time and in daily life among LGBTQ+ adolescents. This will be accomplished by recruiting 500 LGBTQ+ adolescents to participate in a longitudinal and experience-sampling study. Participants will complete 4 longitudinal surveys at 6-month intervals and 2 cycles of momentary assessments: 4 mini-surveys per day for 21 days (at baseline and 6-months). These data will be used to identify momentary and longer-term influences on mental health in this population.

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COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS

B*SMART: An online sex education program for bisexual, pansexual, and queer male youth ages 14-17

Principal Investigator: Dr. Brian Feinstein
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse (K08DA045575)

The goal of this project was to develop and pilot test an online intervention to increase sexual health knowledge and to decrease sexual risk behavior (including substance use) among bisexual, pansexual, and queer male youth ages 14-17. The feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of the intervention (compared to a waitlist control condition) was tested in a pilot randomized clinical trial with 60 participants.

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The Bi+ Youth Project

Principal Investigator: Dr. Brian Feinstein
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse (K08DA045575)

The goal of this project was to learn about factors that drive engagement in sexual risk behavior and substance use among bisexual, pansexual, and queer male youth ages 14-17. This was accomplished using a mixed-methods approach, which included surveying and interviewing 60 participants about their sexual orientation, sexual decision-making, motivations for substance use, and intervention preferences. Data from this project were used to inform the development of a sex education program tailored to the unique needs of this population (described above).

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Select Publications:

Mata, D., Korpak, A. K., Macaulay, T., Dodge, B., Mustanski, B., & Feinstein, B. A. (2022). Substance use experiences among bisexual, pansexual, and queer (bi+) male youth: A qualitative study of motivations, consequences, and decision making. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-022-02447-9

Mata, D., Korpak, A. K., Sorensen, B. L., Dodge, B., Mustanski, B., & Feinstein, B. A. (Accepted/In press). A mixed methods study of sexuality education experiences and preferences among bisexual, pansexual, and queer (bi+) male youth. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-021-00593-8

Wang, A. Y., & Feinstein, B. A. (2020). The perks of being bi+: Positive sexual orientation–related experiences among bisexual, pansexual, and queer male youth. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000459

The Bi+ Visibility Project

Principal Investigator: Dr. Brian Feinstein
Co-Investigators: Drs. Joanne Davila 
and
 Christina Dyar 
Funders: The American Psychological Foundation and

the Sexualities Project at Northwestern

The goal of this project was to learn about bisexual, pansexual, and queer (“bi+”) people’s attempts to make their sexual identity visible to others (referred to as visibility attempts).

Bi+ Visibility
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Select Publications:

Dyar, C., Feinstein, B. A., Bettin, E., & Davila, J. (2022). Bisexual+ visibility attempts: Associations with minority stress, affect, and substance use in a daily diary study. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 9, 201–213. https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000469

Feinstein, B. A., Dyar, C., Poon, J., Goodman, F. R., & Davila, J. (2022). The affective consequences of minority stress among bisexual, pansexual, and queer (bi+) adults: A daily diary study. Behavior Therapy, 53, 571-584. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2022.01.013

Vilkin, E., Davila, J., Dyar, C., & Feinstein, B. A. (2022). Bi+ adults’ daily wellbeing: The roles of relationship status and partner gender. Personal Relationships, 29, 283-304. https://doi.org/10.1111/pere.12418

Davila, J., Feinstein, B. A., Dyar, C., & Jabbour, J. (2021). How, when, and why do bisexual+ individuals attempt to make their identity visible? Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 8, 94–105. https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000411

Feinstein, B. A., Xavier Hall, C. D., Dyar, C., & Davila, J. (2020). Motivations for sexual identity concealment and their associations with mental health among bisexual, pansexual, queer, and fluid (bi+) individuals. Journal of Bisexuality, 20, 324–341. https://doi.org/10.1080/15299716.2020.1743402

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