We use applied and translational research on minority stress and stigma to further creative, multilevel solutions to promote health equity.
We value social justice, diversity, transparency, open collaboration, and innovation, and strive to infuse these within the work that we do.
The mission of the AIMS Lab is to understand the ways in which intersectional stigma and minority stress impact the health of sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations, people living with HIV, and populations disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic. We believe that stigma is a multilevel phenomenon created and maintained between social positions and perpetuated by systems of power. In turn, health inequities are the unjust burden of negative health outcomes that result from these stigmatized positions. We aim to investigate the ways in which basic, adaptive psychological and physiological responses to stress can, over time and with repeated exposure to stigma, lead to maladaptive behavioral and physical health outcomes. In doing so, we aim to consider health within the context of stigma not as an individual problem but as a symptom of systemic social injustice.