I am Dr. Shemeka Thorpe
Florida State and UNCG Alum. North Carolina Native. Ravenclaw. First Generation College Student. Beach lover. Bibliophile.
My passion for research was sparked during my undergraduate tenure and since then there has been no turning back. My PhD is in Community Health Education and as a public health professional. My goal is to change the narrative of Black sexology to one that is sex-positive instead of deficit-based. I am passionate about creating research teams that are representative of the populations and communities we serve. I believe that true public health impact goes beyond publishing in academic journals for the sake of status, but actually disseminating information in a way that is relevant and accessible to the community. I have over a decade of research experience and I have been a sexuality educator since 2012. My research is informed by my experiences within the community, social media posts, and conversations I have with Black women. I currently serve on the editorial review board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education and the Journal of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness.
Center for Positive Sexuality Race and Sexuality Grant
Doug Kirby Adolescent Sexual Health Research Grant