Current Projects

1. Minority stress and the health behavior of sexual minority men
Sexual minority men face disproportionate rates of social stressors as a result of their devalued sexual identity, including pervasive stigma, prejudice, and discrimination. This project explores the influence of minority stressors on the sexual risk behavior and substance use of sexual minority men. This project is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant.

2. Acute effects of cannabis use on aerobic exercise
An increasing number of Americans are using cannabis in conjunction with exercise, however, little scientific evidence exists regarding the potential harms and benefits of this behavior. We want to understand how varying levels of cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) can impact factors associated with regular exercise, such as enjoyment, motivation, and pain.

This study involves meeting with our research staff a total of 3 times at our lab in Boulder. The first meeting will include completion of a baseline survey as well as a brief run on a treadmill. For the second and third meetings, you will be picked up by our mobile lab at a location convenient to you and driven to our lab in Boulder. These meetings will both involve questionnaires and a 30-minute run on a treadmill. We will also draw your blood. Prior to one of these meetings, you will use cannabis. In total, if you complete all aspects of the study, you will be compensated up to $100.

We are currently recruiting participants for this study. To learn more about the study, you can click here

This project is supported by a CU REACH Graduate Research Scholar Award.