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Dr. Ryan Wade is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. Professor Wade's work includes a broad focus on social determinants of health, structural and community-level racism, the racial patterning of sexual/social networks within LGBTQ communities, and health disparities among gay/bisexual men. He is particularly interested in identifying social and structural factors that contribute to poor mental and sexual health outcomes among young gay/bisexual men of color. Professor Wade grounds much of his research in minority stress theory, intersectionality, and ecological systems theory. 

At present, Professor Wade is investigating a phenomenon known as Racialized Sexual Discrimination (RSD), as experienced by gay/bisexual men of color on mobile apps and websites used for dating and sexual networking. He is using mixed methods to develop, validate, and refine a multidimensional scale of RSD. He is also using quantitative methods to examine the association between RSD sub-scales and indicators of psychological wellbeing.

Education/Academic qualification

Health Behavior and Health Education, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

20132018

Social Work, MSW, University of Michigan School of Social Work

20112013

Psychology, BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

20062010

Keywords

  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • H Social Sciences (General)

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