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Jessica Dirkes

  • Director of Community Partnerships​
  • ​PhD, MPH​
  • Faculty
  • 312-362-7305
  • ​​​​​14 E. Jackson Blvd., MPH Suite 710, Room 710A
  • PhD University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MPH Tulane University
  • BS University of Missouri 
Courses Taught
  • MPH 699: Community Health Practicum
  • MPH 556: Women’s Health
Research Interests
  • LGBT health  (stigma, identity development, mental health)
  • Women’s health  
  • Community health practice
  • Campus-community partnerships to address health disparities 
Selected Publications
  • Dirkes, J., Hughes, T.L., Johnson, T., Bostwick, W., & Ramirez-Valles, J. Sexual Identity Development: Relationship to Lifetime Suicidal Idealization in Sexual Minority Women. Journal of Clinical Nursing (forthcoming).
  • Ramirez-Valles, J., Molina, Y., & Dirkes, J. (2013). Stigma towards PLWHA: The role of internalized homosexual stigma in Latino gay/bisexual male and transgender communities. AIDS Education and Prevention, 25(3), 179-189.
  • Ramirez-Valles, J., Dirkes, J., & Berrett, H. (2013). GayBy Boomers’ social support: Exploring the connection between health and emotional and instrumental support in older gay men. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57(2-4), 218-234.