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Heather Tillewein

Heather Tillewein

Assistant Professor

Health & Human Performance


Master Certified Education Specialist, 2023

Certified Health Education Specialist, 2019

Doctorate in Health Education, Southern Illinois University, 2019

Masters of Public Health, University of Missouri, 2014

Bachelors in Health Science, University of Missouri, 2012

Dr. Tillewein is on the Executive Committee, Policy Committee, and serves as Communication's Chair for the LGBTQ Health Caucus for the American Public Health Association. She also serves as Director for Special Editions and Associate Editor for the HPHR Journal (formerly known as the Harvard Public Health Review). Dr. Tillewein is active as Director of Membership for the Boston Congress of Public Health. Also, she has held a Harvard Fellowship with the H.T. Chan School of Public Health where she wrote blogs for the Harvard Public Health Review. She is involved with several projects with the SIU School of Medicine under the RuralHarmony Project. Dr. Tillewein also actively researches with the Kinsey Institute on several projects. Recently, Dr. Tillewein is also project leader for the NIH/NIDA grant, Ending Transmission of HIV, HCV, and STDs and Overdose in Rural Communities of People who Inject Drugs (ETHIC)

Sexuality, sexual health, gender minority, LGBTQIA+ health, sexual health, reproductive health, and women's health.

  • Tillewein, H., Becker, J., & Kruse-Diehr, A., (2023). Institutional barriers to healthcare services among transgender individuals in the rural Midwest. Journal of Homosexuality. Online. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2023.2222204 

  • Tillewein, H. (2023). Book Review. Chen, A.: ACE: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex. Sexuality and Culture. Online. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-023-10103-0 

  • McDaniel, J.T., Tillewein, H., Wallace, J.P., Albright, D.L., & Henson, H. (2023). The need for rural-urban county type in CDC’s social vulnerability index concerning human immunodeficiency reporting data. Traumatology.  Advance online publication. https://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/trm0000459 

  • Tillewein, H. & Kruse-Diehr, A. (2023). The Impact of Conversion Therapy on Transgender Individuals. Psychology & Sexuality, 1-13 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2023.2188485 

  • Tillewein, H. (2023). Book Review: Savin-Williams, R.C., Bi: Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and Nonbinary Youth. Sexuality & Culture. Online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12119-023-10070-6

  • Tillewein, H., *Shokeen, N., *Powers, P., *Rijo Sanchez, A., *Sandles- Palemer, S., & Desjarlais, K. (2023) Silencing the Rainbow: Prevalence of LGBTQ+ Students Who Do Not Report Sexual Violence. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(3), online.  https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032020

  • Tillewein, H., Brashear, B., & Harvey, P. (2022). The link between centrality, gender identity, and sexual pleasure. Sexologies, e4-e6.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sexol.2022.09.005 

  • Tillewein H, Toufik A, Awuah W, Zuñiga Y, Shellah D, Colescu A, Carpenter C, Le Compte C (2022). Legislating the new Gilead: implications of the Texas Heartbeat Act. HPHR, 56(1), online. 10.54111/0001/DDD2

  • Tillewein, H. (2022, April 6). [Review of the book Camming: Money, power, and pleasure in the sex work industry, by A. Jones]. World Medical & Health Policy, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wmh3.512 

  • Aborode, A.T., Awuah, W. A., Mehta, A., Abdul-Rahman, T., Nansubuga, E. P., Kundu, M., Pustake, M., Mehmood, Q., & Tillewein, H. (2022, April 5). Concern over Nipah Virus Cases Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic in India. Journal of Medical Virology, Letter to the Editor. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jmv.27745 

  • Tillewein, H & Ma, N. (2022, February). Implications on Female Same Sex Couples and HIV. HPHR, 2022; 66. https://hphr.org/66-article-ma/ 

  • Aborode, A., Awuah, W., Talukder, S., Oyeyemi, A., Nansubuga, E., Machai, P., & Tillewein, H. (2021, September 9). Fake Covid-19 vaccinations in Africa. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 0, 1-2. https://pmj.bmj.com/content/98/1159/317 

  • Tillewein, H. & Kruse-Diehr, A. (2021). A multiple case study on drag culture and substance use. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Service, 33(2), 211-224. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10538720.2021.1875347 

  • Tillewein, H. & Kruse-Diehr, A. (2019). A multiple case study of student sex workers. Health Education Monograph Series. Eta Sigma Gamma. 36 (1), 36-40.

  • Abrams, T. E., Ratnapradipa, D., Tillewein, H., & Lloyd, A. A. (2018, July 10). Resiliency in burn recovery: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Social Work in Health Care, 57(9), 774-793. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00981389.2018.1503213