Steve N. Du Bois, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"I believe everyone is, simultaneously, a lifelong learner and teacher. Classrooms simply provide a space for learners and teachers to meet and explore what they know, and even more exciting, what is still unknown."  
-Steve N. Du Bois, Ph.D.

"I believe everyone is, simultaneously, a lifelong learner and teacher. Classrooms simply provide a space for learners and teachers to meet and explore what they know, and even more exciting, what is still unknown."
-Steve N. Du Bois, Ph.D.

Steve N. Du Bois, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, Psy.D. Department

My goal as an educator is to inspire others to learn, and then to exchange knowledge with them. I believe this exchange breathes life into school campuses, classroom discussions, and individual conversations. I believe everyone is, simultaneously, a lifelong learner and teacher. Classrooms simply provide a space for learners and teachers to meet and explore what they know, and even more exciting, what is still unknown. To facilitate simultaneous teaching and learning in my classroom, I use diverse didactic techniques that encourage participation and critical thinking, e.g. in-class demonstrations, guest speakers, and interactive assignments. I also like to teach challenging material in my courses. It is an opportunity for both students and me to continue to learn. And, it is an opportunity to boost students’ self-efficacy for learning challenging material both inside and outside my classes. Of course, I am supportive of students as we try to answer some difficult questions together. Consistent with this, past students have described my teaching style as warm, enthusiastic, and challenging but rewarding.

My commitment to teaching and learning has extended into my research career. My first peer-reviewed publication is a theoretically driven, qualitative analysis of undergraduate students’ response papers, written as they completed course assignments related to becoming a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender ally. My goal in publishing this article was to create theory-driven research on pedagogy that helps educators tailor their approach to teaching culturally-sensitive information. My subsequent research has focused on health behaviors, health disparities, and well-being among couples and LGBT populations.

Research infuses my clinical career as well; I use empirically-supported treatments to work with individuals and couples with symptoms of anxiety and depression; substance use problems; mood dysregulation; and relational conflicts. I have a Private Psychotherapy Practice that allows me to continue developing my skills as a clinician and educator. 

Please email or call me (312.662.4355) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Family Institute at Northwestern University
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
  • Western Psychological Association

Select Publications

  • Du Bois, S.N., Sher, T., Grotkowski, K., Aizenman, T., Slesinger, N., & Cohen, M. (In press). Going the distance: health in long-distance relationships. The Family Journal.
  • Parsons, J., Starks, T., Du Bois, S.N., Golub, S., & Grov, C. (2013). Alternatives to monogamy among gay male couples in a community survey: implications for mental health and sexual risk. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 303-312. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-011-9885-3
  • Du Bois, S.N. & McKirnan, D.J. (2012). A longitudinal analysis of HIV-treatment adherence among men who have sex with men : a cognitive escape perspective. AIDS Care, 24, 1425-1431. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2011.650676
  • Du Bois, S.N., Johnson, S.E., & Mustanski, B. (2012). Examining racial and ethnic minority differences among YMSM during recruitment for an online HIV prevention intervention study. AIDS and Behavior, 16: 1430-1435. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-011-0058-0
  • Du Bois, S.N., Emerson, E., & Mustanski, B. (2011). Condom-related problems among a racially diverse sample of young men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, 15, 1342-1346. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-010-9862-1

Select Presentations

  • Grotkowski, K., Slesinger, N., Aizenman, T.D., Sher, T., & Du Bois, S.N. Poster Presentation. Creating and Validating a Romantic Stress Measure. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Conference. Chicago. November 2015.
  • Du Bois, S.N., Noth, K., & Sher, T. Poster Presentation. Impact of Self-Determined Motivation on Health Behavior Change Among Cardiac Patients in Partners for Life. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Conference. Philadelphia. November 2014.
  • Du Bois, S.N. & McKirnan, D.J. Oral Presentation. Having a primary partner relates to health benefits among gay and bisexual men, across the life span. American Public Health Association. October 2012.
  • Du Bois, S.N. & McKirnan, D.J. Oral Presentation. Age, internalized homophobia, and cognitive escape among MSM. Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. November 2010.
  • Du Bois, S.N., Holland, C.M., McKirnan, D.J. Poster Presentation: What HIV-positive Men who Have Sex with Men Think is Important to Treatment Adherence: A Content Analysis. American Public Health Association Annual. October 2008.

Awards

  • Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013
  • Harry S. Upshaw Award for Excellence in Teaching Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
  • Department of Psychology Travel Grant University of Illinois at Chicago, Spring 2008, 2009, 2010, Fall 2011, 2012
  • Graduate Student Council Award University of Illinois at Chicago, Spring 2009, 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012
  • LGBT Summer Institute (LGBTSI) Fellow University of Michigan, Summer 2010