Graduate Students 2015

Nicolette Gullickson is a California native who earned her BA in Sociology, with a concentration in gender and sexuality, from the University of California, Berkeley. She volunteers with the Transgender Law Center and intends to work for a trans rights organization after completing the Sexuality Studies graduate program. Nicolette’s research interests include societal constructions of masculinity, cultural attitudes towards individuals of transgender experience, LGBTQ non-discrimination public policy, and sexual identity.



Rachel Henry graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in psychology and minor in philosophy. During her time at UCSC, Rachel devoted much of her time to work in sexual violence prevention education for the LGTBQ community and sexual health education for Santa Cruz youth. Rachel is the current co-advisor for EGAY, the undergraduate student organization for LGBTQ students within Residential Life on campus at SFSU. Her research interests include adolescent sexuality development as well as women's maternal sexuality development. Rachel intends to pursue a PhD in Developmental Psychology.



Alicia Jimenez graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in sociology and a minor in Sexuality Studies. She is passionate about studying the intersection of feminism and pornography. Currently, she is volunteering at the SF Center for Sex and Culture and [SSEX BBOX] international. Alicia spends her free time watching Netflix with her cat. 


Calli Johnson has a B.S. in Psychology from Central Michigan University, with minors in Family Life and Human Sexuality and Substance Abuse Education: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment. Her research interests specific to sexuality include bisexuality and self-destructive behaviors, unique aspects of substance use and abuse specific to the LGBTQIAP+ individuals that may lead to different approaches to treatment and counseling, gender, sexual and romantic minority individuals coping mechanisms, protective and risk factors, and longitudinal effects abstinence-only sexual education may have on sexual, reproductive, and mental health. Calli plans on continuing her education after completing her MA. 


Joanna Lamstein earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound, where she discovered her interest in Sexology. Her research interests include how sexuality and gender intersects with technology and media, especially through fiction, as well as sexual violence and rape culture. She aspires to pursue a PhD after obtaining her MA and to have an academic career in sexology.


Kathleen Morrison graduated from Williams College with a BA in Biology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests include evolutionary and developmental biology, feminist theory, cultural theory, and the points at which these topics intersect. She is especially interested in the biological underpinnings of human sexuality and how they interact with our cultural/ social world. She intends to pursue a PhD in a related field.


Originally from a small farm town in California's Central Valley, Nick Newton graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Applied Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His undergraduate honors thesis examined how male sexual restrictiveness predicts a preference for feminine female faces in heterosexual and bisexual men. Nick's current research interests include gender-related bullying, particularly the effects of femmephobia on LGBTQ mental health. A Master of Arts in Sexuality Studies is part of a larger plan to receive a PhD in Human Sexuality or Sociology and to help LGBTQ teens through research-developed therapies and interventions. 


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Michelle Parra graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Sociology and Feminist Studies. Her research interests including intersectional experiences of Latina women and young girls. She is specifically interested in looking at how gender, race, sexuality, and culture shape the sexual subjectivities and experience of Latinas. Her academic and personal goals include serving underrepresented Latina/o communities through academia and community involvement.


Spencer Ruelos graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies. His interests lie at the intersections of queer theory, new media and technology studies, and feminist activism. Spencer's research focuses on the ways in which LGBT/queer gamers craft and negotiate identity, community, and solidarity in physical and online social spaces. A participant in gaming and geek culture himself, Spencer is invested in the transformative potential of the gaming experience. Following his studies at SFSU, Spencer hopes to pursue a PhD.


Jillian Salazar is a University of California, Santa Cruz graduate. She majored in Politics and Psychology. Her research interests involve the health outcomes of transgender and intersex survivors of sexual assault, sex education, and advocacy for all survivors of sexual violence. She plans to pursue a PhD in Psychology.


Avry Schellenbach graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Psychology, emphasis in Sexual Health. She is interested in the long-term effects of body esteem, health, and sex education programs on emerging and evolving sexuality and body image. She hopes to continue on to a PhD in Psychology.


Originally from Southern California, Solana Willis graduated with a B.A. in Critical Gender Studies from University of California, San Diego. As an undergraduate, her research focused on identity formation and expression of queer youth within internet communities. She is also interested in the representation and expression of queer identities within art and music subcultures.


Mallory Zuckerman graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Health Education with minors in Sexuality Studies and Theater Arts. She is interested in researching how health, body image, sexuality, and gender all relate to one another.