Lisa Bowleg

Lisa Bowleg

Professor of Applied Social Psychology
2125 G Street, NW Room 206; 1922 F Street, NW Room 413A
Address: Building GG
2125 G St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia


Current Research

Dr. Bowleg’s research focuses on: (1) the effects of individual-level and social-structural factors (e.g., unemployment, incarceration, racial discrimination) and resilience on Black men’s HIV sexual risk and protective behaviors; (2) intersectionality; and (3) experiences of intersectionality-related stress and resilience in Black, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  She is the joint-Principal Investigator (PI) with Dr. Anita Raj, UCSD of a 2012 NIH/NIMH-funded RO1 (1 R01 MH096657 – 01) to evaluate MEN Count, a housing and employment case management HIV prevention intervention for Black heterosexual men. Dr. Bowleg is also the PI of MENHOOD, a 2012 NIH/NIMH-funded R01 (1 R01 HD074451-01) to test a conceptual model of individual and neighborhood-level social-structural stressors and resilience on Black men’s sexual HIV risk and protective behaviors.  REPRESENT, her 2007 NIH/NICHD-funded R01 (1 R01 HD054319-01), examined the effects of masculinity ideologies, sexual scripts and social-structural factors on Black heterosexual men’s sexual risk behaviors.  Dr. Bowleg is a member of the DC Developmental Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and an editorial board member of the Journal of Mixed Methods, Journal of Sex Research, Cultural Diversity and Minority Psychology, and LGBT Health. She is the recipient of the 2014 Psychology and AIDS Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association.


Ph.D., 1997 The George Washington University, Applied Social Psychology

M.A., 1991 The George Washington University, Public Policy, Concentration in Women’s Studies 


Bowleg, L., Heckert, A.L., Brown, T.L. & Massie, J.S.  (in press). Responsible men, blameworthy women: Black heterosexual men’s discursive constructions of safer sex and masculinity.  Health Psychology, 3(34).

Bowleg, L., Neilands, T., Tabb-Phillips, L., Burkholder, G. J., Teti, M., Malebranche, D. J., & Tschann, J. M. (2014). Neighborhood context and Black heterosexual men’s sexual HIV risk behaviors. AIDS & Behavior, 18, 2207-2218. doi: 10.1007/s10461-014-0803-2

Bowleg, L., Burkholder, G.J., Noar, S.M., Teti, M. Malebranche, D.J. & Tschann, J.M.  (2013).  Sexual scripts and HIV risk and behaviors among Black heterosexual men: Development of the Sexual Scripts Scale (SSS).  Archives of Sexual Behavior.  doi: 10.1007/s10508-013-0193-y

Bowleg, L., Burkholder, G.J., Massie, J.S., Wahome, R., Teti, M. Malebranche, D.J. & Tschann, J.M. (2013). Racial discrimination, social support, and sexual HIV risk among Black heterosexual men.  AIDS & Behavior, 17(1), 407-418.  doi: 10.1007/s10461-012-0179-0.  PMID: 22437347

Bowleg, L., Teti, M., Malebranche, D.J., & Tschann, J.M.   (2013). “It’s an uphill battle everyday": Intersectionality and the implications of social-structural factors for sexual HIV risk among Black heterosexual men.  Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 14(1), 25-34. doi: 10.1037/a0028392. PMCID: 3591486

Bowleg, L. (2012). “Once you’ve blended the cake, you can’t take the parts back to the main ingredients”:  Exploring how Black gay and bisexual men describe and experience intersectionality.  Sex Roles. Epub ahead of print Apr 4.  doi: 10.1007/s11199-012-0152-4

Bowleg, L. (2012).  The problem with the phrase “women and minorities”:  Intersectionality, an important theoretical framework for public health. American Journal of Public Health, 102(7), 1267-1273. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300750.  PMID: 22594719