Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Byron Brooks

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Coffey Hall 247
Phone: 773.508.2986

Background Information
Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Chicago
Ph.D.: East Tennessee State University
MA: The Citadel
BA: Clemson University
Research Interests
My research is rooted in clinical health psychology, positive psychology, and diversity science to increase the understanding of Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPoC) in order to develop culturally relevant interventions to mitigate health disparities among this population. I investigate the identity development process of Black Same-Gender Loving Men (BSGLM), the role of identity as a syndemic factor for poor health outcomes among BSGLM, strengths and positive psychological factors among QTPoC, and intend to develop interventions to ameliorate poor health outcomes among QTPoC.  As such, I use mixed methods research as well as community-engaged research to support the following areas:
  1. Explicate the identity development process for BSGLM and how identity influences health among QTPoC.
  2. Describe strategies to promote flourishing and well-being among QTPoC.
  3. Translate the findings from the aforementioned areas to develop culturally relevant interventions to therapeutically bolster adaptively coping with minority stress and increase engagement in health-promoting behaviors among QTPoC. Also, to develop interpersonal and community-based interventions that engender greater knowledge, skills, compassion, and positive attitudes toward QTPoC within social settings where they frequently encounter stigma.
Selected Publications
Frederick, E., Mann, A., Brooks, B., & Hirsch, J. (2021). Anticipated to enacted: Structural stigma against sexual and gender minorities following the 2016 presidential election. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-021-00547-0
Kaniuka, A., Job, S., Brooks, B., Williams, S. (2020). Gratitude and suicidal ideation among sexual minority individuals: Theoretical mechanisms of the protective role of attention to the positive. The Journal of Positive Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2020.1818814 
Brooks, B., Job, S., Clark, E., Todd, E., & Williams, S. (2020). Concealment as a moderator between anticipated stigma and psychiatric symptoms. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 24(3), 240- 257. https://doi.org/10.1080/19359705.2020.1721037 
Kaniuka, A., Kelliher Rabon, J., Brooks, B., Sirois, F., Kleiman, E., & Hirsch, J.K. (2020). Gratitude and suicide risk among college students: Substantiating the theoretical pathways of being thankful.  Journal of American College Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2019.1705838 
Rabon, J., Hirsch, J.K., Kaniuka, A., Sirois, F.M., Brooks, B., & Neff, K. (2019). Self-compassion and suicide in veterans: When the going gets tough, do the tough benefit more from self-kindness? Mindfulness, 10(12), 2544-2554. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-019-01221-8 
Brown, A., Sang, J., Bukowski, L., Meanley, S., Brooks, B., & Chandler, C. (2019). Discrimination, coping, and depression among Black men who have sex with men. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 12(6), 112-134.  https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/jhdrp/vol12/iss6/9 
Kaniuka, A., Pugh, K.C., Jordan, M., Brooks, B., Dodd, J., Mann, A.K., Williams, S.L., & Hirsch, J.K. (2019). Stigma and suicide risk among the LGBTQ population: Conditional indirect effects of depressive and anxiety symptoms and connectedness to the LGBTQ community. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 23(2), 205-220. https://doi.org/10.1080/19359705.2018.1560385