SHAG LAB RESEARCH TEAM

Lab Director

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Brian A. Feinstein, Ph.D.

Dr. Brian A. Feinstein (he/him) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. He obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2015 after completing an APA-accredited internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Then, he completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship (F32) at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University from 2015-2018. Following the completion of his postdoctoral fellowship, he served as a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University from 2018-2020. He joined the Department of Psychology at RFUMS in 2020. Dr. Feinstein is also involved in a number of professional activities including serving as an Associate Editor at Archives of Sexual Behavior and the Behavior Therapist. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois.

His research interests include:

  • Sexual and gender minority (SGM) health

  • Bisexuality and pansexuality

  • Stigma-related stress and coping

  • Mental health, substance use, sexual health, and relationship functioning in SGM populations

  • Developing and testing interventions to improve SGM health

Graduate Students

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Isabel Benjamin, B.A.

Isabel (she/her) is a first year PhD student in the lab. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theatre from Williams College in 2019. She subsequently worked as a post-bacc research assistant at the Rhode Island Hospital at the MIDAS study. Broadly, her research interests include stigmatizing experiences contributing to SGM mental health, with a particular interest in bi+ populations and targeted psychotherapy interventions. Clinically, she is interested in working with SGM individuals and older adults. Outside of the lab, you can find her with her kitten Tooth, hanging with Kate’s dog Greta, or at her local community theatre.

Kate Dorrell, B.S.

Kate (she/her) is a first year PhD student in the lab. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. After graduation, Kate pursued a post-bacc research assistantship at the Pittsburgh Girls Study through Pitt Psychiatry, where she worked on studies of the impact of discrimination stress in sexual minority women. Her research interests include the etiology of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in sexual and gender minority individuals, with a focus on interpersonal contexts and bi+ youth. She is also a volunteer crisis counselor for SGM youth through the Trevor Project. In her free time, you can find Kate at Lake Michigan beaches with her dog Greta, playing with Isabel’s kitten, or exploring thrift shops in Chicago.

Taylor Macaulay, M.S.

Taylor (they/them) is a third year PhD student in the lab. They received their Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Dance at Wayne State University in 2015. They went on to obtain a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Michigan University in 2019, during which they conducted research in a pediatric health psychology lab focusing on health behaviors of children with food allergies. Their research interests are in the development of health behaviors and their impact on SGM youth health outcomes. Clinically, they are interested in pediatric healthcare and working with SGM youth. Taylor spends their free time baking, making art, dancing, supporting Chicago's drag scene, and taking long walks with their sister and dog nephew.