Morrison Hall 313
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-7686
Reproductive physiology and diet of women from an evolutionary persective, primate feeding ecology, female-female competition, conservation biology.
Her research focus is in sexual transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS risk behaviors predominately among college-aged individuals and men who have sex with men (MSM). Bobbie's research interests also include condom use errors and application, innovative methods for STI testing, HIV-related stigma, and the association between sexual abuse and sexual risk behaviors. Bobbie continues to pursue applied research within the areas of health education, disease prevention, and sexual health with the goal of contributing to multidisciplinary strategies for improving public health-related problems in this field.
B.A., University of Southern California, 2012
Behavioral and physiological influences on menarche and menstrual cycles in humans, menarche and menstrual cycles in agrarian populations.
Women's health and well-being within a biocultural framework, including how women's responses to oral contraceptives may be impacted by both their own biologies and their culturally-influenced understandings of their bodies and/or their contraceptives.
M.S., California State University, 2001
Menopause, cultural constructions of women's bodies, primary elective cesarean deliveries, reproductive variation.
My current research with Dr. Justin Garcia investigates the circumstances and culture (also known as "rape culture") surrounding sexual assault on college campuses.
Megan Simmons, MPH
Research focus is in sexual negotiation, condom and contraceptive use, and pleasure-seeking in individuals aged 18-55.
B.A., University of Delaware, 2009
Human growth and development, biocultural approaches, life history theory, embodied capital theory, anthropology of childhood, youth activity patterns, children’s participation in domestic chores.
B.S., The Ohio State University, 2007
Human biology, variation and adaptation, cognitive neuroscience, mechanistic and nutritional determinants of variation in hormone levels, neural basis of human variation.
The major focus of my research is on prenatal exposure to endocrine disrupters and how that may affect human sexual and gendered developments. Alterations of the prenatal hormone environmen, while not necessarily determining sex/gender differentiation, have been shown to correlate with sex/gender differences and within sex variability in behavioral development in humans. My projects focus on investigating how various types of endocrine disrupters can affect performance on cognitive measures, gender scales, and other sex/gender differentiated measures.
My other research investigates the affect sexual identity has on the psychological and mental health of sexual minorities. This research examines the affects social stigma has on the frequency and prevalence of depression, stress, anxiety (trait and state), and suicidality among gay and lesbian identified individuals.
My current project is investigating attention and arousal to sexually explicit photos in sexually aggressive and non-aggressive college males.