L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Chelsie Dunn, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate, Research Institute for Social Equity

Cathedral Place, Rm. 2006 Phone: (804) 827-1892 Email: dunnce@vcu.edu


-Health and Race Equity
-Research Methods and Analysis
-Program and Evaluation and Facilitation


Chelsie Dunn serves as a senior research associate at the Research Institute for Social Equity in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Identifying as both a basic and applied researcher, Dunn has more than nine years of experience in urban public health, health psychology, program facilitation and evaluation, and health equity. Her areas of expertise include: HIV prevention, positive body image, health and race equity, program facilitation and evaluation, and urban public health. Broadly, her research focuses on reducing health and racial disparities among historically marginalized populations through social equity initiatives and the development of intersectional measurements and culturally responsive interventions. Using an intersectional lens, Dunn continues to amplify the voices and needs of the community through translational research.


B.A., Psychology; Wesleyan College
M.P.H., Urban Public Health; Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
M.A., Clinical Psychology; Alliant International University
Ph.D., Health Psychology; Virginia Commonwealth University


Dunn, C.E., Hood, K.B., & Hall, C. (2022). Do gendered racial microaggressions influence the relationship between body appreciation and Black emerging adult women’s condom use behaviors? Journal of American College Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2022.2155055

Dunn, C.E., Williams, C. Derlan, Hood, K.B. & Walker, C.J. (2021). Sex differences in how ethnic-racial identity informs first coital affect and virginity beliefs among Black college students. Journal of American College Health, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2021.1888737

Hood, K.B., Shook, N., Dunn, C.E., & Belgrave, F. (2021). The effect of affective versus cognitive persuasive messages on African American women’s attitudes toward condom use. Psychology & Health, 36(6), 739-759. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2020.1776284

Moore, M., Javier, S., Maxwell, M., Dunn, C.E., & Belgrave, F. (2020). “You put yourself at risk to keep the relationship:” African American women’s perspectives on womanhood, relationships, sex and HIV. Culture, Health, and Sexuality. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2020.1815240

Dunn, C.E., Hood, K.B., & Owens, B.D. (2019). Loving myself through thick and thin: Appearance contingent self-worth, gendered racial microaggressions and African American women’s body appreciation. Body Image, 30, 121-126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.06.003