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Griff Tester

Griff TesterBackground

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. I earned my B.A. in Communications from the University of Akron and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from The Ohio State University.






SOC 101: Social Problems

SOC 107: Principles of Sociology

SOC 325: Aging

SOC 358: Sociology of Sexuality

SOC 362: Social Movements

SOC 363: Methods of Social Research

SOC 365: Minority Groups

SOC 460: Community Structure & Organization

WGSS 250: Introduction to Queer Studies



My research agenda is framed by two, overlapping interests: (1) the support networks and health of gender and sexual minorities in later life; and (2) the social dimensions of HIV-prevention. Key questions guiding my aging-related work are: How do gender and sexual minorities define and create health-protective supportive ties? How do their early life experiences shape their relationships in later life?  


Current Project 

TransRural Lives: Trans Elders Digitial Storytelling Project 


Selected Recent Publications

Tester, Griff & Jill C. Hoxmeier. 2021. "A Life Course Perspective and the Qualitative Examination of Gay Men's PrEP Perceptions." Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services


Tester, Griff & Jill C. Hoxmeier. 2020. "PrEP, TasP and the Casual Sex Scripts Among Serodiscordant Gay Men." Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services 19(2): 124-139. 


Tester, Griff & Jennifer Rosen. 2019. "PrEP for HIV Prevention: Community Controversy and Generational Sexualities." In Mindy Stombler, Dawn M. Baunach, Wendy Simonds, Elroi J. Windsor, and Elisabeth O. Burgess (Eds), Sex Matters: The Sexuality & Society Reader. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company.

Tester, Griff, Jill C. Hoxmeier, & Yogbir Singh. 2018. “Knowledge of and Attitudes about Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Among Primary Care Providers in Two Rural Washington State Counties.” Washington State Journal of Public Health Practice 10: 1-29.

Tester, Griff, Jill C. Hoxmeier, & Yogbir Singh. 2018. "Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Knowledge and Attitudes Among Yakima and Kittitas County Primary Care Providers." Technical Report for Community Health of Central Washington.

Hoxmeier, Jill C. & Griff Tester. 2018. "CWU Student Sexual Health Survey, Health Services Utilization." Technical Report for Central Washington University Student Medical and Counseling Clinic.

Tester, Griff. 2017. "And Then AIDS Came Along": A Life Course Turning Point and Sub-Cohorts of Older Gay Men." Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 30(1): 33-48.  

Tester, Griff & Eric R. Wright. 2017. "Older Gay Men and Their Support Convoys." The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 72(3): 488-497. (Online first, May 2016) 

Van Dyke, Nella & Griff Tester. 2014. “Dangerous Climates: Factors Influencing Variation in Racist Hate Crimes on College Campuses.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 30:290-309.

Tester, Griff & Adia M. Harvey Wingfield. 2013. “Moving Past Picket Fences: The Meaning of Home for Public Housing Residents.” Sociological Forum 28(1):70-84.




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