What is the S3X Lab?

Lab LogoWelcome to the S3X Lab. We are a collaborative group of scholars working to advance sexual health and address sexuality-related stigma and health disparities in Texas and beyond. Recognizing the need to grow the next generation of counseling psychologists who advocate for sexual health, reduction in sexuality based stigmatization, and comprehensive sex education, the lab offers opportunities for students to foster and apply research skills to a wide range of research projects. Check here for any current projects and chances to participate in research.

Dr. Currin is accepting applications for his lab for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 admissions cycle.


Click here for more information about the Counseling Psychology Program.

Click here to apply to the Counseling Psychology Program at Texas Tech.

APA2019 – S3X Lab shared some research and had some fun!

The first full week in August found several of the lab’s collaborators and RA’s, along with Dr. Currin, attending the annual APA convention that was in Chicago.  Everyone did a great job sharing results and implications from their research projects, but, in true lab fashion, we also found some time to have a little fun.  Chicago native and lab alum Lauren Pascarella suggested we check out the #wndrmuseum, and it did not disappoint.  Several other students from Texas Tech attending the conference joined us, and we truly had a blast!  We ended the evening having authentic Greek food at the “Greek Islands” restaurant in the Greektown district of Chicago.  The conference was a great way to showcase the hardwork everyone has been doing and helped us get ready for a new academic year!!  We will soon be sharing some more of our new projects and collaborations and are excited to see what we discover.

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APA 2019 in Chicago

We are super excited to take some exciting research on sexting, porn viewing habits in men, and navigating disclosure of sexual orientation in rural areas to the 2019 annual American Psychological Association conference in Chicago!!  We have completed our posters, using the innovative format developed by Mike Morrison.  Below our are posters, and we look forward to having some engaging conversations about our work, learning about others’ work, and having a little fun in Chicago in a few weeks!

Research Presented at the National LGBTQ Health Conference in Atlanta

nationallgbtconf2019Dr. Currin and colleagues from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences presented their collaborative research at the National LGBTQ Health Conference hosted by Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Currin presented a talk on how sexual identity acceptance and connectedness to the LGBTQ community can impact health care seeking in rural and urban areas.  Dr. Giano, from OSUCHS, presented our poster demonstrating being out in a rural community amplifies stress among gay and bisexual MSM.  These studies, together, impacts disclosure to the physicians and other care providers – hindering the care continuum.

Dr. Currin Interviewed for Perspective of Swinging Lifestyle in Lubbock

Dr. Currin was recently interviewed as part of a KLBK special report on Swingers in Lubbock.  The news station was approached by a group of individuals who participate in the swinger lifestyle, and wanted to share their stories and concerns about judgment and stigma.  KLBK asked Dr. Currin, as a sexual behavior and sexuality researcher, to share his perspective as well.joe talking

Click this link here to see the interview on KLBK.

Wrapping Up S3X Lab’s First Year

Lab Pic 2019As we approach the end of the Spring semester, Dr. Currin took the lab out for pizza and to say thanks for a great first year.  We are looking forward to the summer as several lab members have presentations coming up at national conferences, and the lab has multiple manuscripts under review with lab members as coauthors.  The environment here at Texas Tech has been very collaborative and supportive and it’s been a great first year.  We look forward to continued collaborations as well welcoming a new student into the lab.  As part of the end of the year, several students are moving on from Tech and we are sad to see them go, but excited for their new opportunities!!  Year 2 is right around the corner 🙂

Outreach Programs for Rural Gay/Bisexual Men need to Consider Participants’ Need for Anonymity

New publication available online about preferences that rural men who have sex with men (MSM) have for outreach programming with colleagues at the Sexual Health Research Lab at Oklahoma State University.

Rural men who have sex with men (MSM) are particularly vulnerable to HIV/STI infections, though most outreach efforts to reach MSM have been focused on urban populations. More attention is needed to study effective ways of reaching/recruiting rural MSM, yet little is known about their preferences; particularly as studies show significant differences in the behaviors and perceptions of rural versus urban MSM. Our study uses a qualitative instrument to gauge what outreach methods are most effective from the perspective of 40, rural MSM. Outreach facilitators included online marketing, emphasizing rural areas, while outreach barriers included traditional forms of print media/advertising, or anything that may jeopardize anonymity. Implications for future outreach in rural areas and limitations are also discussed. 

Click this link for a free eprint (50 available total).  If you are unable to get a copy and want to read it, just email Dr. Currin and he can forward you one.

How the Matrix (1999) from 20 years ago is an allegory for transgender identity development

A movie review Dr. Currin did with colleagues at Oklahoma State was referenced in a VOX article about how the movie The Matrix (1999) was an allegory for transgender identity development, and helped the author of the article, Emily Sandalwood, come to terms with her own transgender identity.

This movie is not just possibly one of the most famous artistic creations of transgender women, but the movie’s legacy doesn’t end there.  Sandalwood shares some interesting aspects of the movie, including this tidbit about one of the characters, “Switch,” and how the character was written to be male in the “real world” but female in “the matrix.”  She writes, “Warner Brothers nixed the idea of Switch crossing the gender divide, feeling mainstream audiences wouldn’t understand. (She appears in the film but is played by a woman in both realities.) But I would have understood, even if I wouldn’t have known why. (1999 was still a few years before I’d have my, “Wait… am I…?” moment.) I was logging into chat rooms to present as a woman, and I was doing so with more and more frequency in ways I didn’t dare interrogate. The Matrix celebrated the idea that there were two worlds, separate but linked, and that what happened in the one influenced the other.”