Ryan Wade is a doctoral student in Health Behavior and Health Education. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010, and his MSW from the University of Michigan in 2013. During his time at the University of North Carolina, Ryan worked as a research assistant for the Cognition and Addiction Biopsychology Lab (Cab Lab), where he studied the relationship between substance abuse and attentional biases towards addiction-related stimuli. Since joining the University of Michigan, Ryan completed his first social work internship at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), where he provided crisis intervention and advocacy services for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. He would later gain experience as a mental health practitioner while interning at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), where he utilized a wide variety of clinical modalities and culturally-mediated approaches to psychotherapy for diverse student populations. Ryan is also a certified HIV test counselor through the state of Michigan, and volunteers at the HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) in Ypsilanti, MI. Ryan's research interests include identity development and behavioral health among LGBTQ populations; psychosexual socialization among gay/bisexual African-American adolescents and emerging adults; biobehavioral models of sexuality and intimacy; and the sociostructural correlates of health disparity as it relates to HIV infection among gay and bisexual men of color.
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