Dionne Stephens

Dionne Stephens

Contact Information

Office: DM Room 203
Email: stephens@fiu.edu
Phone: (305) 348-1809


  • Ph.D., Child & Family Development, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • M.A., Women's Studies, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • B.A. Individualized Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada

Research Interests

Dr. Stephens' research examines socio-historical factors shaping minority populations’ sexual health processes, with emphasis on gender and ethnic/ racial identity development. This work is conducted through the Heath Disparities and Cultural Identities Lab. Her current research examines the sexual script development's influence on sexual risk outcomes (including STI acquisition, intimate violence and HPV vaccination uptake), across racial/ ethnic groups. Through tracking of sexual life trajectories, Dr. Stephens' goal is to identify developmental factors promoting resilience and buffering negative sexual health outcomes.

Lab Website: Health Disparities and Cultural Identities Lab

Select Publications

Stephens, D. P. & Thomas, T. L. (2013). Cultural values influencing immigrant Haitian mothers’ decision to vaccinate daughters’ against human papillomavirus (HPV). Journal of Black Psychology, 39, 168 - 180.

Stephens, D. P. & Thomas, T. L. (2012). The influence of skin color on heterosexual emerging adult Black women’s dating preference beliefs. Journal Feminist Family Therapy, 24, 291- 315.

Stephens, D. P., & Fernandez, P. (2012). The role of skin color on Hispanic women’s perceptions of attractiveness. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 34, 77- 94.

Stephens, D. P. & Fernandez, P. (2012). Ni pardo, ni prieto: The influence of parental skin color messaging on emerging adult Hispanic women’s dating beliefs. Women & Therapy: Special Issue on Latinas and Latin America, 35, 4-18.

Stephens, D. P., & Thomas, T. L. (2011). Hispanic women’s expectations of campus- based health clinics addressing sexual health concerns. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 6,260- 280.

Thomas, T. L, Stephens D. P. & **Blanchard, B. (2010). Hip Hop, Health and HPV: Using wireless technology to increase Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Uptake. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 6, 464-470.