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Health Behavior, Society & Policy

Faculty Profile

  • Marybec C. Griffin, PhD, MPH, MA

  • Assistant Professor

  • Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy

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Healthcare access, sexual health, contraceptive access, substance use, LGBTQ competent care

Marybec Griffin received her PhD in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences from New York University. She studied under the mentorship of Perry N. Halkitis. Her research focuses on healthcare access among LGBTQ young adults, including the role of identity and the impact of health policy. Dr. Griffin has previously completed a MPH at New York University and holds a MA in International Affairs from the New School. She has also worked at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the areas of HIV/AIDS policy and program design as well as helping to evaluate the quality of sexual health services and contraceptive coverage in NYC. She is also involved with research projects at NYU focused on sexual assault at electronic dance music festivals and and the role of condom messages in rap music.

Research Highlights

Dr.Griffin has an  interdisciplinary program of research that broadly focuses on socio-cultural and political aspects that affect the decision to access healthcare.  Her doctoral research was funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.  This research used a mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) design; I interviewed 40 young adult gay men (YAGM) between September - October 2015 and surveyed 800 YAGM between November 2015 - June 2016 to investigate trends related to healthcare access.  In this study,  conceptualizes healthcare access from the perspective of engagement with the healthcare system, access to care, and satisfaction with services.  These issues are considered through the lens of both syndemics theory and the Andersen Model of Healthcare Access to understand the bio-psycho-social perspective of the individual within the context of society.  This research indicates that YAGM separate sexual healthcare from primary care due to myriad factors including: prior experiences of discrimination in a healthcare setting and media conditioning on the prioritization of sexual health services in the aftermath of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  YAGM’s primary healthcare access lags behind their access to sexual health services due to entrenched provider homophobia, experiences of discrimination in healthcare settings, and the perception of sexual healthcare as the paramount concern during the developmental period of young adulthood.  

Select Publications
Griffin, M., Cahill, S., Kapadia, F., Halkitis, P. (2019) "Access to Health Services Among Young Adult Gay Men in New York City.", American journal of men's health Vol. 13

Griffin, M., Callander, D., Duncan, D., Palamar, J. (2019) "Differential Risk for Drug Use by Sexual Minority Status among Electronic Dance Music Party Attendees in New York City", Substance Use & Misuse Vol. 0

Griffin, M., Fournet, A. (2019) "F**k B*tches Raw on the Kitchen Floor: A Feminist Examination of Condom Messages in Hip Hop and Rap Music, 1991–2017", Sexuality and Culture Vol. 0