3372-Hensel, Devon

Devon J. Hensel, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Pediatrics

410 West 10th Street
Suite 1001

Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Meet Devon Hensel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSBKKaSkJc4

Dr. Hensel holds joint appointments as Associate Research Professor of Pediatrics, as well as an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at IUPUI. She has a broad background in behavioral science, adolescent development, gender and sexuality, innovative research methodology/data collection approaches and longitudinal, multilevel and complex data analysis. Dr. Hensel’s has collaboratively authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and this body of work has been cited over 1400 time in Google Scholar. In addition, her portfolio has been internationally recognized across multiple fields. In 2016 she was elected into the Society for Pediatric Research, and in 2017 she was elected as a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Dr. Hensel has also been a Co- or Primary Imvestigator in several NIH funded research grants.

In 2020, Dr. Hensel lead the United States arm of the International Sexual Health And REproductive Health Study – a multi-country study to understand the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on sexual and reproductive health in diverse low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries. The study aimed to investigate how different isolation measures implemented by governments across the world –in response to the COVID-19 pandemic— have affected family structures, relationships, and access to sexual and reproductive health services.

Dr. Hensel is passionate about teaching, and regularly leads coursework focused on adolescent development, sexuality and sexual behavior, research methods and statistical analysis in both the Division of Adolescent Medicine as well as in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. She has mentored several dozen learners, including medicine and postdoctoral fellows, master’s and doctoral students and undergraduate students, as part of formal course work and independent study. Several of her students present their work at local, national and international research meetings, and have received internal and extramural funding for their work.

Key Publications

Banks DE, Hensel DJ, Zapolski TC. Integrating Individual and Contextual Factors to Explain Disparities in HIV/STI Among Heterosexual African American Youth: A Contemporary Literature Review and Social Ecological Model. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 2020 Mar 10:1-26†

Carter A, Ford JV, Luetke M, Fu TC, Townes A, Hensel DJ, Dodge B, Herbenick D. “Fulfilling His Needs, Not Mine”: Reasons for Not Talking About Painful Sex and Associations with Lack of Pleasure in a Nationally Representative Sample of Women in the United States. The journal of sexual medicine. 2019 Dec 1;16(12):1953-65.

Woods JL, Hensel DJ. Improving Male Genital Examinations in Adolescent Patients: Creation and Preliminary Validation of an Assessment Tool. Medical Science Educator. 2019:1-10.

Fu TC, Hensel DJ, Beckmeyer JJ, Dodge B, Herbenick D. Considerations in the Measurement and Reporting of Withdrawal: Findings from the 2018 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. The journal of sexual medicine. 2019 Aug 1;16(8):1170-7.

Katz AJ, Hensel DJ, Hunt AL, Zaban LS, Hensley MM, Ott MA. Only Yes Means Yes: Sexual Coercion in Rural Adolescent Relationships. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2019 Jun 18†

Rowe AT, Zapolski TC, Hensel DJ, Fisher S, Barnes-Najor J. Peer victimization, mood symptoms, and alcohol use: examining effects among diverse high school youth. Journal of youth and adolescence. 2019 May 1;48(5):924-34.

Edwards LL, Hunt A, Cope-Barnes D, Hensel DJ, Ott MA. Parent-Child Sexual Communication Among Middle School Youth. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2018 Apr 6.

Zapolski, T, Rowe AT, Fisher S, Hensel DJ, Barnes-Najor J. Zapolski TC, Rowe AT, Fisher S, Hensel DJ, Barnes-Najor J. Peer victimization and substance use: Understanding the indirect effect of depressive symptomatology across gender. Addictive behaviors. 2018 Sep 1;84:160-6.

Hensel DJ, Bales CL, Taylor JF, Fortenberry JD. Leveraging a relationship-based framework for  sexual risk prevention among adolescent men in the United States. Sexual Health. 2018 Jan 1;15(3):238-45.

Szymanski KM, Hensel DJ, Wiener JS, Whittam B, Cain MP, Misseri R. Sexual identity and orientation in adult men and women with spina bifida. J Pediatr Rehab Med: Journal of pediatric rehabilitation medicine. 2017 Oct 20(Preprint):1-5.

Hall JA, Imburgia TM, Bloomquist KR, Kim J, Armstrong-Richardson E, Danh M, Hensel DJ. Partnership for Multimethod Evaluation in Child Welfare: Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Program. Child Welfare. 2017 Sep 1;95(5).

Woods JL, Hensel DJ. Religious Affiliation, Religiosity, and Spirituality in Pediatric Residents: Effects on Communication and Self-Efficacy with Adolescents in a Clinical Setting. Journal of Religion and Health. 2017 Oct 20:1-3.

Peterson ZD, Janssen E, Goodrich D, Fortenberry JD, Hensel D, Heiman, JR. Child sexual abuse and negative affect as shared risk factors for sexual aggression and HIV risky sex in heterosexual men. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 2017 Oct 1:1-6.

McGregor, KA, Hensel, DJ, Ott, MA. (2017). IRB risk categorization and approvability in adolescent sexual behavior research. IRB: Ethics & Human Research, 39(4):17-20.

Bowling J, Dodge B, Banik S, Bartelt E, Rawat S, Guerra-Reyes L, Hensel D, Herbenick D, Anand V. A multi-method study of health behaviours and perceived concerns of sexual minority females in Mumbai, India. Sexual Health. 2017 Sep 1.

Bowling J, Dodge B, Banik S, Bartelt E, Mengle S, Guerra-Reyes L, Hensel D, Herbenick D, Anand V. Social support relationships for sexual minority women in Mumbai, India: a photo elicitation interview study. Culture, Health & Sexuality. 2017 Jul 1:1-8.

Zapolski TCB, Fisher S, Banks D, Hensel D, Barnes-Najor J. Examining the protective effect of ethnic identity on drug attitudes and use among a diverse youth population. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 2017 Aug 1;46(8):1702-15.

Hensel DJ, He F, Harezlak J, Fortenberry JD. Daily diary study of adult men’s and women’s event-level sexual motivations and sexual behaviour. Sexual health. 2016 Sep 14;14(2):147-54.

Hensel DJ, Selby S, Tanner AE, Fortenberry JD. A Daily Diary Analysis of Condom Breakage and Slippage during Vaginal Sex or Anal Sex among Adolescent Women. Sex Trans Dis. 2016 Sep 1;43(9):531-6.

Woods JL, Hensel DJ, Fortenberry JD. More like him, me, or us: the impact of trait similarity on adolescent women’s sexual risk behaviors in relationships. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. Epub ahead of print: DOI: 10.1515/ijamh-2016-0078, 2016 Aug 17.

Hensel DJ, Nance J, Fortenberry JD. The Association between Sexual Health and Physical, Mental and Social health in Adolescent Women. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2016 Oct 31;59(4):416-21.

Taylor JL, Aalsma MC, Gilbert, AL, Hensel DJ, Rickert VI. Perspectives of family medicine physicians on the importance of adolescent preventive care: a multivariate analysis. BMC Family Practice; Epub ahead of print:http://bmcfampract.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12875-016-0402-6.

He F, Hensel DJ, Harezlak J, Fortenberry JD Condom Use as a Function of Number of Coital Events in New Relationships. Sex Trans Dis. 2016 Feb 1;43(2):67-70.

Roth AM, Rosenberger JG, Hensel DJ, Wiehe SE, Fortenberry JD, Wagner KD. Love moderates the relationship between partner type and condom use among women engaging in transactional sex. Sexual Health. 2015: 13(2) 170-176.

Hensel DJ, Tanner AE, Sherrow A, Fortenberry JD. A longitudinal daily diary analysis of condom use during bleeding-associated vaginal sex among adolescent females. Sex. Transm. Infect. 2016 Sep 1;43(9):531-6.

Hensel DJ, Schick V, Herbenick D, et al. Lifetime Lubricant Use among a Nationally Representative Sample of Lesbian- and Bisexual-Identified Women in the United States. Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2015;12(5):1257-1266.

Schick V, Hensel D, Herbenick D, et al. Lesbian- and Bisexually-Identified Women’s Use of Lubricant during their Most Recent Sexual Event with a Female Partner: Findings from a Nationally Representative Study in the United States. LGBT Health. 2015;2(2):169-175.

Hensel DJ, Hummer T, Arcurio L, James T, Fortenberry J. Feasibility of Functional Neuroimaging to Understand Adolescent Women's Sexual Decision Making. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2015;56(4):389-395.

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Research Professor of Pediatrics
  • Education
    2008 Fellowship Indiana University School of Medicine
    2005 PhD Purdue University
    2001 MS Purdue University
    1999 BA Miami University
  • Research
    • Adolescent and young adult sexual and reproductive health
    • Development of romantic/sexual relationships in adolescence and young adulthood, and their association with sexuality and sexual health
    • Solo and partnered sexual behaviors
    • Complex and longitudinal data analysis
    • Innovative and participant-centered research/data collection methods
    • Sexuality and disability
  • Professional Organizations
    American Sociological Association
    International Academy for Sex Research
    Midwest Sociological Association
    North Central Sociological Association
    Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
    Society for Pediatric Research
    Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality

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