Contact Information

John G. Searle Assistant Professor
Health Behavior and Health Education
Director, The Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities (SexLab)
University of Michigan School of Public Health

1415 Washington Heights, SPH I, Room 3822
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Office:  (734) 615-8414

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2012


José A. Bauermeister, M.P.H., Ph.D.



Ph.D. Michigan School of Public Health
M.P.H., Michigan School of Public Health
B.A. University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez

About Me

Growing up in Puerto Rico during the first two decades of the AIDS epidemic had a pivotal impact on my interests in health and my development as a public health scholar. I witnessed not only the death of family friends, but also the social impacts of AIDS in terms of the increases in the number of transient and socially marginalized and impoverished HIV+ men and women. As the epidemic took shape and grew, so did the deadly stereotype that being gay was a presumed precursor of HIV. This message became personally significant when I came out of the closet during my adolescence. Moreover, these circumstances informed my professional interests in the social construction of HIV/AIDS. My thoughts at that time centered on the idea that: if research can identify the social processes that lead to HIV/AIDS risk, then we can develop programs and services to prevent or curtail transmission. Consequently, I pursued a career in public health, in order to conduct applied research and develop HIV prevention interventions.

Research Statement

My research and career focuses on (a) challenging common assumptions about why YMSM engage in unprotected sex with their sexual partners, (b) developing HIV/STI programs that are reflective of and embedded in diverse social settings, and (c) uncovering interdisciplinary strategies to inform sexual health programs and interventions for adolescents and young adults. Applying these multilevel perspectives to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts, I ultimately endeavor to address and explore the larger questions that have preoccupied me from the beginning: what role sexual behaviors play in youths’ lives, what are the circumstances and motivations associated with individuals sexual behaviors, and how those sexual encounters became HIV/AIDS risks. As a reflection to these questions, my work has sought to address gaps in knowledge and practice by merging three areas of study: psychosocial correlates of health during adolescence and young adulthood, human sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. 

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Recent Publications

1.*Yeagley, E., Hickok, A., & Bauermeister, J.A. (2014). Hypersexual behavior and HIV sex risk among young men who have sex with men. Journal of Sex Research, 8(51), 882-892. PMCID:PMC3983182

2. Winetrobe, H., Rice, E., Bauermeister, J.A., Petering, R. & Holloway, I. (2014) Associations of unprotected anal intercourse with Grindr-met partners among Grindr-using YMSM in Los Angeles. AIDS Care, 26(10), 1303-1308.

3. Bauermeister, J.A. (2014). 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. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 43(8), 1295-1305. PMCID: PMC4020994

4. Bauermeister, J.A., *Yeagley, E., *Meanley, S., & Pingel, E. (2014). Sexting among young men who have sex with men: Results from a national study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(5), 606-611. PMCID: PMC3999214

5. *Meanley, S., Hickok, A., *Johns, M.M., Pingel, E., & Bauermeister, J.A. (2014). Body Mass Index, Body esteem and condomless receptive anal intercourse among young gay and bisexual men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43(4), 735-744. PMCID: PMC3933482

6. *Hsieh, H.F., Zimmerman, M.A., Xue, Y., Bauermeister, J.A., Caldwell, C., Wang, Z., & Hou, Y. (2014). Stress, active coping and problem behaviors among Chinese adolescents. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84(4), 364-376.

7. *Hurd, N., Stoddard, S., Bauermeister, J.A., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2014). Natural mentors, mental health, and substance use: Exploring pathways via coping and purpose. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84(2), 190-200. PMCID: PMC4159080.