Ph.D. Student Profile

Ryan M. Wade

Ryan M. Wade, M.S.W.

  • Doctoral Candidate
  • Cognate: Gender and Sexuality Studies


  • M.S.W., Interpersonal Practice & Mental Health, University of Michigan (2013)
  • B.A., Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010)

Research Interests & Projects

Racial/ethnic differences in psychological functioning among gay/bisexual men; racialized sexual discrimination; sociostructural determinants of health disparity as it relates to HIV infection among gay and bisexual men of color; structural and community-level racism, sexual networks, and access to health preventive services.

Selected Publications

  • Wade, R. M., Bauermeister, J. A., & Harper, G. W. (2017). Psychosocial Functioning and Decisional Balance to Use Condoms among Young Gay/Bisexual/MSM: Comparisons across Race/Ethnicity. Archives of Sexual Behavior (Epub ahead of print). doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0912-2
  • Harper, G. W., Timmons, A., Bruce, D., Graham, L., & Wade, R. M. (2016). Drugs, Sex, and Condoms: Cultural Messages Influencing Black Young Gay and Bisexual Men Living with HIV. American Journal of Community Psychology, 58(3-4), 463-476. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12109.
  • Harper, G. W., Wade, R. M., Onyango, D. P., Abuor, P. A., Bauermeister, J. A., Odero, W. W., & Bailey, R. C. (2015). Resilience among gay/bisexual young men in Western Kenya: Psychosocial and sexual health outcomes. AIDS, 29(Suppl 3), S261–S269. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000905.
  • Wade, R. M., & Harper, G. W. (2015). Young black gay/bisexual and other men who have sex with men: A review and content analysis of health-focused research between 1988 and 2013. American Journal of Men's Health, 11(5), 1388-1405. doi: 10.1177/1557988315606962

Additional Information

While a master's student in the School of Social Work, Ryan completed his first internship at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), where he provided crisis intervention and advocacy services for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. He would later gain experience as a mental health practitioner while interning at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), where he utilized a wide variety of clinical modalities and culturally-mediated approaches to psychotherapy for diverse student populations. Ryan is also a certified HIV test counselor through the state of Michigan, and has volunteered for the HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) in Ypsilanti, MI.