Lisa Bowleg, Ph.D. is Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at The George Washington University (GW), and Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the DC Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR). She is a leading scholar of the application of intersectionality to social and behavioral science and health equity research, and the Founding Director of two new intersectionality institutes: (1) the Intersectionality Training Institute (www.intersectionalitytraining.org), an independent institute focused on providing training on the application of intersectionality to health equity research, policy, and practice; and (2) the Intersectionality Research Institute at GW (www.intersectionality.gwu.edu).
Informed by critical frameworks such as intersectionality and critical race theory, her mixed methods research examines the effects of social-structural stressors (e.g., unemployment, police brutality, incarceration), intersectional stigma and discrimination, and protective factors (e.g., resilience, religiosity and spirituality, social support) on HIV risk, substance use, and mental and physical health outcomes in diverse Black communities such as heterosexual men, and lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
She has served as a principal investigator of six U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies. Her active intersectionality-focused projects include: (1) Strengths and Stressors, a NIDA-funded R01 to examine intersectional stress, substance use, co-occurring negative health outcomes, and protective factors among Black men at different intersections of sexuality and socioeconomic position; (2) PRISM, a NIMH-funded R21 to develop measures of multilevel intersectional stigma for Black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Washington, DC and Jackson, MS; (3) the WK Kellogg Foundation-funded Intersectionality Toolkit Project to develop an Intersectionality Checklist, case studies and implementation manual to inform U.S. maternal and child health policy; and (4) an Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Administrative Supplement to the DC CFAR (PI: Alan Greenberg) that uses Photovoice, institutional ethnography, and implementation science, to examine the intersectional and social-structural barriers to EHE for Black sexual minority men and Black heterosexual women in DC .
She is an associate editor of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) and the editor of AJPH’s Perspectives from the Social Sciences section. Among her most recent awards are the May 2021 signature research prize from GW, the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship (Research); and the 2021 Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award from Health, Education and Behavior, the journal of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), in honor of her article, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”: Ten Critical Lessons for Black and Other Health Equity Researchers of Color.