Dr. Nick Metheny is a Registered Nurse and population health researcher. He completed his PhD at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His work investigates the community- and structural-level drivers of intimate partner violence (IPV) in marginalized populations.
Working with: Dr. Patricia O’Campo
Meet Dr. Metheny
My PhD focused on examining the most fundamental causes of IPV in two populations: gay/bisexual/Two Spirit men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States and women who reside in low- and middle-income countries. Through primary data collection and secondary analyses, I examined the ways in which gender inequality and sexuality-based minority stress shape the risk for violence in MSM across the United States and among women in more than 30 countries.
Building on my doctoral work, I am working with Dr. O’Campo and scientists at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University to better understand how social norms influence the risk for violence in MSM and women in Canada. A better understanding of how these factors shape IPV risk can help build better interventions that are aimed at reducing social stressors and preventing violence.
The social determinants of health tell us that where we live and how we identify matters when it comes to almost every aspect our health. But this shouldn’t be the case. If we truly want to move toward health equity, we need to be willing to ‘zoom out’ and interrogate the patriarchal, colonial social norms that allow IPV to exist in the first place. Only then can we find the best ways to alter them with the aim of reducing and preventing violence.
Stephenson, R., Metheny, N., Goldenberg, T., Bakunina, N., de Vasconcelos, S., Blondeel, K., Kiarie, J., Toskin, I. Feasibility Study of a Brief Intervention to Prevent STIs and Unintended Pregnancies: the BSC Protocol. In Press: JMIR Research Protocols
Metheny, N. & Stephenson, R. Changes in Gender Inequality and Intimate Partner Violence from 1958-2003:A Birth Cohort Analysis. (2019). Violence Against Women doi: 10.1177/1077801219884120
Metheny, N. & Stephenson, R. Is Intimate Partner Violence a Barrier to Breastfeeding? An analysis of the 2015 Indian National Family Health Survey. (2019). Journal of Family Violence, 1-12.
Metheny, N. & Stephenson, R. Political Environment, Minority Stress, and Perceptions of Social Inclusion among Partnered Men who have Sex with Men in the United States. (2018). Sexuality Research and Social Policy doi: 10.1007/s13178-018-0357-6.
Metheny, N. & Stephenson, R. Help seeking behaviour among women who report intimate partner violence in Afghanistan(2018). Journal of Family Violence 1-11.
Metheny, N. & Stephenson, R. (2018). Intimate partner violence and use of antenatal care: a scoping review of low-and middle-income country studies. International Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health 44(1).
Chard, A., Metheny, N., Sullivan, P., & Stephenson, R. (2018). Social stressors, drug use, and intoxicated sex among men who have sex with men (MSM) in seven countries. Substance Use and Misuse, 53(1) doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1322985.
Metheny, N. &Stephenson, R. (2017) How a Woman’s Community Shapes her Unmet Need for Modern Contraception: an Analysis of 44 Low and Middle Income Countries. Studies in Family Planning 48(3) doi: 10.1111/sifp.12028.
Stephenson R, Metheny N, Sharma A, Sullivan PS, and Riley E: Providing Home-Based HIV Testing and Counseling for Transgender Youth (Project Moxie) (2017): A Protocol for a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Research Protocols 6(11) doi: 10.2196/resprot.8562.
Chard, A. Metheny, N. & Stephenson, R. (2017). Perceptions of HIV seriousness, risk, and threat among online samples of HIV-negative MSM in seven countries. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance 3(2) doi: 10.2196/publichealth.7546
Stephenson, R., Tharp, M.; Wiginton, JM, & Metheny, N. (2017). Sex composition of twins and associations with morbidity, mortality, and maternal treatment-seeking outcomes in resource-poor settings. Journal of Biosocial Science 49(5) Doi: 10.1017/S002193201.
Stephenson, R., Riley, E., Rogers, E., Suarez, N., Metheny, N., Senda, J., . . . Bauermeister, J. A. (2017). The sexual health of transgender men: A scoping review. The Journal of Sex Research, 1-22 doi:10.1080/00224499.2016.1271863
Etudo, O., Metheny, N., Stephenson, R., & Kalokhe, A. S. (2017). Intimate partner violence is linked to less HIV testing uptake among high-risk, HIV-negative women in Atlanta. AIDS Care 29(8) doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1271936.
Metheny, N., Stephenson, R. (2016) Disclosure of Sexual Orientation to Primary Care Provider Associated with Uptake of HIV testing and Hepatitis Vaccines for Rural Men who have Sex with Men. Annals of Family Medicine 14(2) doi: 10.1370/afm.1907.
Kalokhe, A., del Rio, C., Dunkle, K., Stephenson, R., Metheny, N., Paranjape, A., & Sahay, S. (2016). Domestic violence against women in India: A systematic review of a decade of quantitative studies. Global Public Health, 1-16 doi: 10.1080/17441692.2015.1119293.