Dr. Overstreet earned her B.A. in psychology from Smith College and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Connecticut. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). She joined Clark University in September 2014.
Current Research and Teaching
Dr. Overstreet’s program of research examines sociocultural factors that contribute to mental and sexual health disparities among Black women and other marginalized groups. Her primary research examines the consequences of intimate partner violence-related stigma on health outcomes from a multi-level perspective (i.e., personal, interpersonal, structural level). She recently received funding from Fordham University’s HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, to investigate the role of intersectional stigma in HIV research among HIV-infected African American women. Her second line of work focuses on the influence of societal stereotypes around race and gender on the sexual health and well-being of marginalized groups, with a particular focus on the synergistic relationship between sexual objectification and violence against women. Dr. Overstreet conducts this research using multiple methods including experiments, surveys, and qualitative interviews.
Dr. Overstreet is currently teaching courses on experimental research methods and social psychology and looks forward to teaching courses related to stigma, health, and gender.
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Stigma and Health
Quinn, D.M., Williams, M.K., Quintana, F., Gaskins, J.L., Overstreet, N.M. et al. (2014). Examining effects of anticipated stigma, centrality, salience, internalization, and outness on psychological distress for people with concealable stigmatized identities. PLoS One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096977
Overstreet, N. M., & Quinn, D. M. (2013). The intimate partner violence stigmatization model and barriers to help-seeking. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 109-122. doi: 10.1080/01973533.2012.746599
Overstreet, N.M., Earnshaw, V.A., Kalichman, S.C., & Quinn, D.M. (2013). Internalized stigma and HIV status disclosure in a sample of HIV+ men who have sex with men. AIDS Care, 25, 466-471. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2012.720362
Sexual Objectification and Body Image
Overstreet, N. M., & Quinn, D. M. (2012). Contingencies of self-worth and appearance concerns: Do domains of self-worth matter? Psychology of Women Quarterly, 36, 314-325. doi:10.1177/0361684311435221
Overstreet, N. M., & Quinn, D. M., & Agocha, B. (2010). Beyond thinness: Exploring the influence of a curvaceous body ideal on body dissatisfaction in Black and White women. Sex Roles, 63, 91-103. doi: 10.1007/s11199-010-9792-4