Wendy Bostwick - NIU - College of Health & Human Sciences

About the College

Wendy Bostwick PhD, MPH

Wendy Bostwick


Associate Professor


Nursing & Health Studies


Public Health

Office Location:

Wirtz Hall 255

Office Phone:

(815) 753-6324

Office Fax:

(815) 753-5406



Courses Taught

  • PHHE 315: Introduction to Health Promotion
  • PHHE 603: Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health
  • PHHE 621: Theories and Principles in Health Promotion
  • PHHE 673: Workshop in Health Services Delivery
  • PHHE 695: Internship in Public Health & Health Education

Education & Training

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Community Health Sciences
  • M.P.H., University of Illinois at Chicago, Community Health Sciences
  • B.A., Ithaca College, Politics

Research Interests

  • Sexual orientation and health
  • Bisexuality
  • Mental health and substance use among sexual minority women
  • Health effects of stigma and discrimination
  • Health disparities
  • Women’s health

Funded projects

Understanding Mental Health Disparities among Bisexual
Women: The Role of Everyday Insults
American Institute of Bisexuality
Role: Principal Investigator

Stigma Salience among Sexual Minority Women
and its Impact on Patient Provider Interactions
College of Health and Human Sciences
Northern Illinois University
Role: Co-PI with Dr. Alecia Santuzzi

Understanding Sexual Identity Stigma and its Consequences
Northern Illinois University, Research & Artistry Grant              
Role: Principal Investigator

Sexual Orientation, Substance Use and Mental Health    
National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
R21DA023055, McCabe (PI)
Role: Co-Investigator

Selected Publications

Bostwick, W.B., Hequembourg, A.L.  “Just a little hint”: Bisexual-specific microaggressions and their connection to epistemic injustices. (In press). Culture, Health & Sexuality.

Bostwick, W.B., Meyer, I., Aranda, F.,  Russell, S.. Hughes, T.L.,  Mustanski, B. Mental health and suicidality among racially/ethnically diverse sexual minority youth. (in Press). American Journal of Public Health.

Bostwick, Wendy, Carol J. Boyd, Tonda L. Hughes, Brady T. West, and Sean Esteban
McCabe. 2014. Discrimination and mental health among lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in the United States. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 84 (1):35-45.

Bostwick, W., & Hequembourg, A. L. (2013). Minding the Noise: Conducting Health Research Among Bisexual Populations and Beyond. Journal of Homosexuality, 60(4), 655-661.

Bostwick, W.B. (2012). Assessing bisexual stigma and mental health status: A Brief Report.
Journal of Bisexuality, 12: 214-222. DOI:10.1080/15299716.2012.674860.

McCabe, S.E., Bostwick, W.B., Hughes, T.L., West, B.T., Boyd, C.J. (2010). Discrimination
and substance use disorders among lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in the United States.
American Journal of Public Health, 100, 1946-1952.

Bostwick, W.B., Boyd, C.J., Hughes, T.L., McCabe, S.E. (2010) Sexual orientation and
the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in the United States. American Journal of Public Health,
100: 468-475.

McCabe, S.E., Hughes, T.L., Bostwick, W.B., West, B.T., Boyd, C.J. (2009). Sexual orientation, substance use behaviors and substance dependence in the United States. Addiction, 104, 1333-1345.

Bostwick, W.B., McCabe, S.E., Horn, S.S., Hughes, T.L., Johnson, T., & Ramirez Valles, J.(2007). Drinking patterns, problems and motivations among bisexual women. Journal of American College Health, 56 (30), 285 – 292.

McCabe, S. E., Hughes, T. L., Bostwick, W. B., & Boyd, C. J. (2005). Assessment of difference in dimensions of sexual orientation: Implications for substance use research in a college-age population. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 66, 620 - 629.

Bostwick, W. B., Hughes, T. L., & Johnson, T. (2005). The co-occurrence of depression and alcohol dependence symptoms in a community sample of lesbians. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 9 (3), 7 – 18.

Kenagy, G. P., & Bostwick, W. B. (2005). Health and social service needs of transgender people in Chicago. International Journal of Transgenderism, 8 (2/3), 57 – 66.