ABOUT ME

My personal and professional values are diversity, equity, and inclusion. I am an LGBTQ+ Psychologist, specifically a queer, gender nonconforming male. I work with individuals, couples, and other relationship arrangements - both within and outside the community. 

 

As an Assistant Professor of Psychology at The Illinois Institute of Technology, I conduct research on health equity and health in romantic relationships, frequently using community-based participatory research methods. I teach classes related to diversity, health, and psychotherapy. I also have a psychotherapy private practice, with office locations downtown and in Edgewater. Currently, I see patients virtually. 

 

I was born in the western suburbs of Chicago, growing up both there and in southwestern Michigan. I attended the University of Michigan, earning my B.A. in Psychology; the University of Illinois at Chicago, earning my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; and, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, as a Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in couple/relationship therapy. I've trained in Veterans Affairs hospitals for multiple years, focusing on trauma and substance use.

I am a tennis player and plant lover - with over 150 plants and trees in my home. 

Dr. Steff Du Bois LGBTQ+ Psychologist smiling with orange background

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism

Health consequences of laws and policies, racism, oppression, and stigma

Health Behaviors and Psychological Health

Treatment adherence, exercise, sex, 

substance use, depression, anxiety

Health within Romantic Relationships

Health of individuals in long-distance relationships, health behaviors within sexual and gender minority (SGM) relationships

Health Research Methodology

Recruitment, retention, under-represented research populations, community-based participatory research

CLINICAL WORK

Empirically Supported Treatment

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and integrative approaches that are research-based. 

Specializations

Mood, anxiety, substance use, trauma, health, relationships, sex, intimacy

Populations

Individuals, partners, sexual and gender minorities (SGM), sex workers, veterans, athletes