Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research


Vanessa Schick, PhD

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Associate Professor
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Management, Policy and Community Health

Research Interests

Social Determinants of Health
Community Health Practice
Health Equity
Women's Health
Sexual Health
Substance Use
Program Evaluation


Vanessa Schick, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and an associate professor in the Department of Management, Policy and Community Health. Dr. Schick has an expertise in community-based participatory research with vulnerable communities and those who serve them with over 90 publications on the health and wellness of marginalized individuals. Schick’s research focuses on the needs of vulnerable and underserved populations including those who have experiences in the criminal justice system, homelessness or sex work. Much of her research focuses on non-monosexual (e.g., bisexual women) and healthy equity for sexual and gender minority individuals. She is the co-author on several book chapters and co-authored a trade book which has been translated into several languages. She has been an invited speaker for over 30 national and international conferences (including plenaries) with over 100 peer-reviewed presentations. She has also sat on the editorial board for several of the top journals in her field and is currently a research fellow at the Kinsey Institute. Dr. Schick has been the Principal Investigator for ten grants and contracts (and multiple other as co-investigator) including local, state and federal funding. Dr. Schick has received multiple awards for her work including the 2013 ‘Outstanding Young Professional Award’ from the American Public Health Association’s Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section and the 2016 Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women’s Health ‘Emerging Activist’ award from the National Women’s Health Network. Within the past year, she received the 2018 Excellence in Community Service Award from UTHealth for her active involvement and commitment to community invested service and research. During her career, she has mentored over 50 graduate students. Schick teaches graduate-level courses on health equity, cultural sensitivity and survey design.


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