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Vanessa Schick, PhD

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Assistant Professor
Vanessa.Schick@uth.tmc.edu

Department

Management, Policy and Community Health

Education

Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Sexual Health Promotion
School of Public Health, Indiana University

PhD in Applied Social Psychology
The George Washington University

Research Interests

LGBTQ Health Disparities
Sexual Minority Women
Underserved and Vulnerable Populations of Women, including those who have experiences with homelessness, in the criminal justice system or engaging in sex work.
Community-based Participatory Research

Biography

Schick's research centers on women's health and focuses on sexual behavior between women and health disparities among non-monosexual (e.g., bisexual) women. Her most recent research focuses on the needs of highly vulnerable and underserved populations of women including those who have experiences in the criminal justice system, homelessness, or sex work. Schick has made many contributions to the field, including co-authoring over 80 publications, and co-authoring the trade book Read My Lips: A Complete guide to the Vagina and Vulva. Schick is the 2011 recipient of The American Sexually transmitted Disease Association Developmental Award, the 2013 Outstanding Young Professional Award from the Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section of the American Public Health Association, and the 2016 recipient of the Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women's Health. Her work is community-driven, as exemplified by her role as a co-founding researcher of the community-academic research collaborative, The Montrose Research Institute. Before joining The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, she was an assistant research scientist at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and is currently a research fellow at the Kinsey Institute. She teaches graduate-level courses on health disparities, cultural sensitivity, and survey design.

Contact

Email: Vanessa.Schick@uth.tmc.edu 
Phone: +1 (713) 500-9398

Current Projects

Houston Truck Stop Study

Health needs assessment of long-haul truckers and sex workers found at truck stops in the Houston area

Tell Us, Texas

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SGM health needs assessment

Recent News

Vanessa Schick, Ph.D., recognized for activism in women’s health

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Vanessa Schick, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Management, Policy and Community Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, will be honored with the Emerging Activist Award by the National Women’s Health Network for her work to improve the lives of women.

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