- Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRA
Nicole Overstreet received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Connecticut, where she was a NIMH predoctoral fellow in the Social Processes of HIV/AIDS Training Program. Her research interests include body image, stigma, sexual risk behaviors, and the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) and HIV risk. Nicole’s dissertation on body image and sexual risk used virtual reality to assess how the experience of body shame affects risky behavioral decisions. In addition, her work considers how the stigmatization of IPV impacts HIV risk behaviors—a perspective that is often overlooked. At CIRA, Nicole continues to foster her research in these domains while pursuing novel intervention and prevention strategies for IPV and HIV. Nicole’s mentor is Dr. Tami Sullivan.