Devon Hensel, PhD

Devon Hensel, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics

Phone: (t) 317.274.8812 (f) 317.274.0133
Email: djhensel@iu.edu
Address: 410 West 10th Street, Suite 1001, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140



Adolescent Health

Areas of Interest

Research: Adolescent sexual health; Longitudinal research design and data analysis

Dr. Hensel joined the Department of Pediatrics in 2008 as an Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics. She has broad background in social science, research methods and complex data analysis. Research interests include adolescent sexual health, with a focus on emotional, situational and relational factors associated with sexual decision making, as well as methods for longitudinal data analysis, including dyadic data analysis, structural equation modeling, growth curve modeling and hierarchical linear modeling.


1999 B.A., Sociology, Miami University, Oxford, OH
1999 B.A., American Studies Miami University, Oxford, OH
2001 M.S., Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2005 Ph.D., Sociology,Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2005-08 Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

Honors & Awards

2007 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine New Investigator of the Year


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Phone: (t) 317.274.8812 (f) 317.274.0133
Email: djhensel@iu.edu
Address: 410 West 10th Street, Suite 1001

Research & Grants

R01 HD053231-01A1 Fortenberry (PI) 06/30/08-07/31/13
Relational and contextual phenomenology of STI/HIV risk
The goal of this study is to examine the event-level characteristics associated with different sexual events and risk of STI among an urban population of 18-29 year old men and women.
Role: Co-investigator
Christian Community, Inc Aalsma (PI) 11/01/09-10/31/13
Evaluation of Junior High OWL (Our Whole Lives) Sexuality Curriculum
The goal of this study is to identify the longitudinal relationships between religiosity, sexual attitudes/beliefs and sexual behaviors among adolescent men and women.
Role: Co-Investigator

Representative PublicationsView All Publications

Hensel DJ, Newcamp J, Miles JA and Fortenberry JD. Picturing Sexual Spaces in Everyday Life: Exploring the Construction of Sexuality and Sexual Behavior among Early Adult Women Sexual Research and Social Policy. 8(4): 267-281, 2011
Hensel DJ and Fortenberry JD. Adolescent Mother’s Sexual, Contraceptive and Emotional Relationship Content with the Fathers of Their Children Following a First STI Diagnosis. Journal of Adolescent Health, 49: 327-329, 2011.
Hensel DJ, Stupiansky NW, Fortenberry JD, Orr DP. Event-level Marijuana Use, Alcohol Use and Condom Use among Adolescent Women. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 38:239-243, 2011.
Hensel DJ, Fortenberry JD, O'Sullivan LF, Orr DP. The developmental association of sexual self-concept with sexual behavior among adolescent women. Journal of Adolescence. 2011;34(4):675-84.
Hensel DJ, Stupiansky NW, Herbenick D, Reece MR, Dodge, B. When condom use is not condom use: An event-level analysis of condom use behaviors during vaginal intercourse. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 7, 2011.
Hensel DJ, Fortenberry JD, Orr DP. Factors Associated with Event Level Anal Sex and Condom Use during Anal Sex among Adolescent Women. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46:232-237, 2010.
Hensel DJ, Fortenberry JD, Orr DP. Variation in Coital and Noncoital Sexual Repertoire among Adolescent Women. Journal of Adolescent Health 42:170-177, 2007.
Hensel DJ, Fortenberry JD, Orr DP. Situational and Relational Aspects of Coitus During Vaginal Bleeding Among Adolescent Women. The Journal of Sex Research, 44:269-277, 2007.