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Douglas Bruce

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  • Professor
  • ​PhD, MSW       ​
  • Health Sciences
  • (773) 325-4322
  • ​McGowan South 411F

  • Community Health Assessment (HLTH 335)
  • Program Evaluation (HLTH 336)
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology (HLTH 310)
  • Introduction to Public Health (HLTH 210)
  • Gay Men’s Health Matters (HLTH 236/LGQ 236)
  • Program Development and Grant Writing (MPH 522)
Douglas Bruce, PhD, MSW is a public health researcher and earned his PhD in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His mixed methods research focuses on the health behavior of persons living with chronic conditions, including the secondary prevention needs of young persons living with HIV/AIDS, and the role of cannabis in the lives of persons living with chronic disease. He has served as principal investigator on grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  As a program evaluation and development consultant, Dr. Bruce has worked with a number of local organizations, such as the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Chicago Department of Public Health, as well as national and international organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Agency for International Development.  ​

Selected Publications

Bruce, D., Grove, T. J., Foster, E., & Shattell, M.  (2021). Gender differences in medical cannabis use: symptoms treated, physician support for use and prescription medication discontinuation.  Journal of Women's Health, 30(6), 857-863. 

Alon, L., Bruce, D., Bouris, A.M., Blocker, O., Reirden, D.H., Schneider, J.A.  (2021). Perceptions of quality and safety in cannabis acquisition among young men who have sex with men living with HIV/AIDS: Impact of legaliza​​tion and dispensaries. International Journal of Drug Policy, 88, 103035.  doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.103035

Bruce, D., Bouris, A.M., Bowers, S., Blocker O., Lee, S.Y., Glidden, M. F., Schneider, J.A., & Reirden, D.H.  (2020).  Medical, therapeutic, and recreational use of cannabis among gay and bisexual male emerging adults living with HIV/AIDS.  Addiction Research and Theory, 28(3), 250-259.​

Bruce, D., Bauermeister, J.A., Kahana, S.Y., Mendoza, E., Fernandez, M.R., & the ATN. (2018). Correlates of serodiscordant condomless anal intercourse among virally unsuppressed HIV-positive young men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, 22(11), 3535-3539.

Bruce, D., Brady, J.P., Foster, E., & Shattell, M. (2018). Preferences for medical cannabis over prescription medications among persons living with chronic consitions: complementary, tapering, and alternative uses. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 24(2), 146-153.

Kahana, S.Y., Jenkins, R.A., Bruce, D., Hightow-Weidman, L., Fernandez, M.I., Bauermeister, J.A., & the ATN. (2016). Structural determinants of antiretroviral therapy use, HIV care attendance, and virologic suppression among adolescents and young adults living with HIV. PLOS ONE, 11(4). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151106.

Bruce, D., Kahana, S.Y., Bauermeister, J.A., Nichols, S.L., Hightow-Weidman, L.B., Heinze, J.E., Shea, J., Fernandez, M.I., and the ATN. (2015). Neighborhood-level and individual-level correlates of cannabis use among adolescents and emerging adults living with HIV.AIDS. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 151, 173-180.

Harper, G.W., Bruce, D., Fernandez, M.I., Hosek, S.G., Rood, B., & the ATN. (2014). Resilience processes demonstrated by gay and bisexual men living with HIV: Implications for intervention.  AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 28(12), 666-676.

Bruce, D., Harper, G.W., Suleta, K., & the ATN. (2013). Sexual risk behavior and risk reduction beliefs among HIV-positive young men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, 17(4), 1515-1523.

Bruce, D., Harper, G.W., Fernandez, M.I., Jamil, O.B., & the ATN. (2012). Age-concordant and age-discordant sexual behavior among gay and bisexual male adolescents. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41(2), 441-448.

Bruce, D., Harper, G.W., & the ATN. (2011). Operating without a safety net: Gay male adolescents' responses to marginalization and migration and implications for theory of syndemic production of health disparities. Health Education and Behavior, 38(4), 367-378.