Cory J Cascalheira

Cory J Cascalheira
New Mexico State University | NMSU · Department of Counseling and Health Psychology

Bachelor of Arts
PhD candidate | LGBTQ+ health | computational social science.

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Introduction
My primary areas of research include (1) examining stigma-based individual, interpersonal, and structural mechanisms conferring risk for sexual and gender minority (SGM) health disparities; (2) investigating the interaction between stigma-based stressors and general psychosocial processes as determinants of SGM health burdens; and (3) applying computational methods (i.e., artificial intelligence) to expand the scientific understanding of theory-driven constructs pertinent to SGM wellbeing.
Education
July 2019 - May 2024
New Mexico State University
Field of study
  • Counseling Psychology
September 2008 - May 2012
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (19)
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This study examined the effect of two interventions (didactic and perspective-taking) on five dimensions of heterosexism (hostile, aversive, amnestic, paternalistic, and positive stereotypic). Participants were 117 undergraduate students, randomly assigned to one of three groups in this posttest-only control group experiment. After the intervention...
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Because of their stigmatized social status, sexual and gender minority (SGM; e.g., gay, transgender) people experience minority stress (i.e., identity-based stress arising from adverse social conditions). Given that minority stress is the leading framework for understanding health inequity among SGM people, researchers and clinicians need accurate...
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The dimensionality and factorial invariance of scores on the Self-Objectification Beliefs and Behaviors Scale (SOBBS) were examined with a sample of 590 transgender and nonbinary participants. Results failed to disconfirm the two-factor model and provided adequate estimates of internal consistency reliability. Strong, strict, and structural invaria...
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Trauma-exposed sexual minority women (SMW) are at elevated risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and hazardous drinking compared to trauma-exposed heterosexual women. To understand whether these problems might be exacerbated during times of elevated societal stress, we collected data from a New York-based sample of trauma-exposed SMW between...
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Heteronormativity, family hegemony, and gender biases in K-12 education threaten child safety, parental dignity, and identity among queer families. While prior research examined the experiences of queer parents-specifically those of lesbian and gay parents-empirical attention to school-related experiences of trans and bi parents is lacking. Hence,...
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Bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM; “kink”) are frequently pathologized as derivatives of abuse. Although the link is unsubstantiated, some kink-identified people who happen to be survivors of trauma may engage in kink, or trauma play, to heal from, cope with, and transform childhood abuse or adolescent maltreatmen...
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Introduction: Pandemic-related social lockdown limited many sexual behaviors, but to date, no study has examined the perceived impact of social lockdown due to COVID-19 on sexual fantasy and solitary sexual behavior. Aims: The present study sought to examine the perceived impact of social lockdown on sexual fantasy and solitary sexual behavior a...
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Background. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated loneliness (González-Sanguino et al., 2020), which HIV+ MSM are more likely to experience (Rhodes et al., 2020; Sanchez et al., 2020); has disrupted health service delivery (Ridgway et al., 2020; Santos et al., 2020), which is crucial for HIV+ MSM seeking prescriptions and case management; and has a...
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This study examined self-reported changes in young adults' sexual desire and behaviors during the most significant social restrictions imposed to deal with COVID-19. Drawing on a survey of 565 British adults aged 18-32 collected at the peak of social lockdown restrictions, we document an overall decrease in sexual behaviors consistent with abiding...
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BDSM as a full-time lifestyle is stigmatized and underexamined as a phenomenon. Previous studies have investigated 24/7 sadomasochism (SM), 24/7 dominance and submission (D/s), or total power exchange (TPE), yet 24/7 BDSM remains under researched. Using a social constructionist and sexual diversity framework, we used insider knowledge to recruit fo...
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References to accompany the research statement for the application to the Summer Institute in Computational Social Sciences.
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At least 9.1% of MSM report psychological and social barriers to sexual well-being (Bourne et al., 2013). High rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue (Brennan et al., 2017), possibly due to poor well-being, but lack of attention to context (Hoppe, 2011). Minority stressors significantly affect sexual satisfaction (Kuyper & Vanwese...
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BDSM and kink are frequently pathologized (e.g., Weiss, 2015). Recent efforts to elucidate the curative potential of kink (Sprott, 2020) overlook early trauma; the present abstract addresses this gap while reducing professional stigma. While early trauma has deleterious consequences (Meston et al., 2006; Morrow & Smith, 1995), sexually abused peopl...
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Generated themes support the development of kink-aware therapy (see Pillai-Friedman et al., 2015) while deconstructing norms of abuse (Kolmes et al., 2006) because, like other multicultural competencies, in-depth descriptions about kink-identified people are vital for reducing stigma (Lawrence & Love-Crowell, 2008). Queer women used kink to heal fr...
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Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an efficacious biomedical approach to reducing the risk of HIV infection among adults (Chou et al., 2019). However, uptake of PrEP remains low, especially among communities facing the highest level of risk, and PrEP-related stigma has been identified as a driver of low and disparate uptake (Eaton et al., 2018; Golu...
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Men who have sex with men (MSM) increasingly rely on geosocial networking (GSN) smartphone applications (“apps”), such as Grindr and Scruff, to form sexual networks. Using social identity theory as a framework, the present study employed images to offer a quantitative assessment of bias in favor of masculinity (heteronormative, effeminate) and ethn...
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is reported to affect 6.8% of the population of the United States, but often goes undiagnosed due to perceived stigma. Left untreated, PTSD has deleterious effects on quality of life, harming families, employers, and taxpayers with loss of life, loss of productivity, and elevated risk for criminality and addict...

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