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verb  \.re-pri-'zent\

1: to serve as a sign or symbol of

2: to act or speak officially for somebody's interest

3: to state or point out something clearly

4:  to go out and be a good example of a group of people

5:  to show pride and respect for where you come from, your hood, your crew. To let the world know, to show your colors.

In line with these definitions, Team Represent aims to represent Black communities who have been understudied in behaviorial science research: Black heterosexual men in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic; and Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people. We are a multidisciplinary, academic research team focused on reducing health inequities and improving the mental and physical health of individuals in these communities.

Our work involves the use of innovative theoretical perspectives—such as intersectionality, resilience, and social ecological theories—and multiple research methods—qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and geospatial analytics. We seek to expand knowledge about the lives and experiences of people in understudied Black communities to inform culturally-relevant programs, interventions, and policies to reduce health inequities and improve health and wellness.

Based in the Department of Psychology at the George Washington University, Team Represent is led by Principal Investigator Lisa Bowleg, Ph.D., Professor of Applied Social Psychology. We welcome you to our site and invite you to learn more about our work and research in these areas:

Black Heterosexual Men: HIV Risk & Prevention

Project Represent

MEN Count


Black Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) Populations



Strengths & Stressors




Lisa Bowleg speaks at 3rd annual symposium on "State of Sexual and Gender Minority Health"

Dr. Lisa Bowelg gave a keynote address as part of a symposium held by Northwestern's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH).

Lisa Bowleg featured on GW Today for $3.7 million grant to study the effects of stressors and strengths on Black men's health

Dr. Lisa Bowleg recently won a grant for an intersectionality study focused on reducing drug use and poor health outcomes among Black men in Washington, D.C.

Lisa Bowleg featured investigator on DC CFAR's website

Dr. Bowleg is part of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core at the DC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).






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