Jose A. Bauermeister, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Jose Bauermeister

Director, Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities (SexLab)

John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education

Assistant Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education

3822 SPH I      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

SexLab: 300 N Ingalls      Vcard icon
9th Floor - Wing D, Room 971
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 615-8414; Fax: (734) 763-7379


Website(s): Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities; Michigan HIV Research Corridor

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Dr. Bauermeister is the John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE), and Director of the Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities (SexLab) at the School of Public Health. His primary research interests focus on HIV/AIDS, sexuality and health, LGBT health disparities, and interpersonal prevention and health promotion strategies for adolescents and young adults. Over the past several years, he has published on the importance of ecological approaches to reduce HIV/AIDS risk, and the need to examine these relationships using statistical analyses and methods that align with the developmental assumptions being tested. 

Dr. Bauermeister's research areas center around the public health challenges and opportunities specific to high-risk youth as they transition from adolescence into young adulthood.  In his national work, Dr. Bauermeister has explored how relationship desires are associated to the well-being of young gay and bisexual men. Locally, Dr. Bauermeister has led an academic-community partnership (UHIP) focused on addressing the structural barriers fueling the HIV/STI disparities faced by Black and Latino YMSM in the Detroit Metro Area. Dr. Bauermeister is also Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator of several projects examining HIV/STI prevention among young men who have sex with men (YMSM), with a focus on how to integrate existing (e.g., condom use) and forthcoming (e.g., PrEP; rectal microbicides) prevention technologies into HIV/STI prevention for YMSM.  In light of his expertise, he serves as a member of the Behavioral Science Working Group of the Microbicides Trials Network. 

Dr. Bauermeister is also co-investigator on several projects examining the social and behavioral correlates of young adult well-being, as measured by HIV/AIDS risk, substance use, and psychological well-being.  He is co-investigator of CASAH and of the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study, two of the largest prospective biomedical studies of perinatally-infected adolescents in the United States. 

Dr. Bauermeister serves in the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Youth & Adolescence, Archives of Sexual Behavior, AIDS and Behavior, and Health Education & Behavior.  He is Chair of the American Public Health Association's HIV/AIDS Section.

Courses Taught

HBEHED503: Introduction to Health Behavior Theory and Approaches    Syllabus (PDF)
HBEHED605: Human Sexuality across the Life Course    Syllabus (PDF)
HBEHED700: Advanced Quantitative Methods in Health Behavior    Syllabus (PDF)

Past courses taught also include:

HBEHED600: Psychosocial Factors in Health Behavior & Health Education

HBEHED651: Program Development in Health Education


B.A., Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, 2002
M.P.H., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 2004
Ph.D., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 2007
NIMH T-32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Behavioral Sciences Research in HIV Infection, Columbia University, 2008

Research Interests & Projects

Community Approaches to Reducing STIs in Southeast Michigan
Principal Investigator: Bauermeister, J.A.
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This three year project seeks to enhance awareness of the STI disparity among young men who have sex with men in Southeast Michigan, promote collaborations between multiple health and social sectors, identify new opportunities for STI prevention and care service delivery, and enable access to culturally humble and sensitive services.

United for HIV Integration and Policy (UHIP)
Principal Investigator: Bauermeister, J.A.
Sponsor: Ford Foundation & MAC AIDS Fund

This academic-community partnership seeks to address structural and community barriers affecting Black and Latino young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in the Detroit Metro Area (DMA) through media advocacy and policy recommendations.

Virtual Love Study
Principal Investigator: Bauermeister, J.A.
Sponsor: NIMH

This mixed methods project explores why and how single YMSM conceptualize relationships and meet partners, highlighting sexual health strategies and psychosocial developmental opportunities that may be embedded into HIV/STI prevention and care.

Michigan Smoking and Sexuality Study
Principal Investigator: Bauermeister, J.A.
Sponsor: University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sexual minority female youths (SMF; i.e., women who identify their sexuality as lesbian, bisexual or something other (e.g., queer) than heterosexual) are more likely to smoke than their heterosexual counterparts. In this study, we examine the psychosocial correlates associated with SMF youths' smoking behaviors in order to inform the development of a tailored smoking cessation program.

Selected Publications

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Bauermeister, J.A. (in press). How statewide LGB policies go from “under our skin” to “into our hearts”: Fatherhood aspirations and psychological well-being among emerging adult sexual minority men Youth & Adolescence

Bauermeister, J.A., Meanley, S., Hickok, A., Pingel, E., Loveluck, J., & VanHemert, W. (2014). Sexuality-related work discrimination and its association with the health of gay and bisexual emerging and young adults in the Detroit Metro Area Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 11, 1-10.

Bauermeister, J.A., Hickok, A., Meadowbrooke, C., Veinot, T., & Loveluck, J. (2014). Self-efficacy among young men who have sex with men: An exploratory analysis of HIV/AIDS risk behaviors across partner types. AIDS & Behavior, 18, 69-77.

Johns, M.M., Pingel, E., Youatt, E., Soler, J.H., McClelland, S., & Bauermeister, J.A. (2013). LGBT Community, Social Network Characteristics, and Smoking Behaviors in Young Sexual Minority Women. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52, 141-154.

Bauermeister, J.A., Zimmerman, M.A., Johns, M.M., Glowacki, P., Stoddard, S., & Volz, E. (2012). Innovative recruitment using online networks: Lessons learned from an online study of alcohol and other drug use (AOD) utilizing a web-based Responding Driven Sampling (webRDS) strategy Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73(5), 834-838.

Bauermeister, J.A., Ventuneac, A., Pingel, E., & Parsons, T. (2012). Spectrums of Love: Examining the relationship between romantic motivations and sexual risk among young gay and bisexual men. AIDS & Behavior, 16(6), 1549-1559.

Bauermeister, J.A. (2012). Romantic ideation, partner-seeking, and HIV risk among young men who have sex with men Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41(2), 431-440.

Bauermeister, J.A., Johns, M.M., Sandfort, T.G.M., Eisenberg, A., Grossman, A.H., & D'Augelli, A.R. (2010). Relationship Trajectories and Psychological Well-Being amond Sexual Minority Youth. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 39(10), 1148-1163.

Bauermeister, J.A., Carballo-Diéguez, A., Ventuneac, A., & Dolezal, C. (2009). Assessing motivation to engage in intentional condomless anal intercourse in HIV-risk contexts (bareback sex) among men who have sex with men. AIDS Education & Prevention, 21(2), 156-168.

Bauermeister, J.A., Zimmerman, M., Caldwell, C (2011). Neighborhood disadvantage and changes in condom use among African American adolescents Journal of Urban Health, 88(1), 66-83.

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Professional Affiliations

2001 - Present: Member, American Public Health Association (APHA)
2006 - Present: Member, International AIDS Society
2007 - Present: Member, International Academy of Sex Research (IASR)
2008 - Present: Member, Society for Research on Adolescence
2009 - Present: Member, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

Recent News Items

  • "UM Study: When It Comes To Sex, Online Doesnt Always Mean Unsafe,", May 25, 2011
  • "Gay men 'seeking long-term romance online likelier to engage in safe sex',", May 24, 2011
  • "Love Matters: Internet Hookups For Men Don't Always Mean Unsafe Sex," Red Orbit, May 24, 2011
  • "Individual and Neighborhood Correlates of HIV Testing among African American Youth Transitioning from Adolescence into Young Adulthood," MDLinkx- online, January 05, 2011
  • "Study: Same-sex Dating Positive for Gay Teens,", July 28, 2010
  • "U-Michigan study appears to show decrease in homophobia among teenagers in homosexual relationships,", July 28, 2010
  • "Wrong workplace prompts teens to bed older partners," Federal News Service, August 27, 2009
  • "Sex Tech: Using technology to reach youth with HIV and sexual health information," Aids.Gov Blog, March 31, 2009