L. Zachary DuBois


Title: Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Affiliated faculty with Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Email: Zachary.DuBois@csulb.edu 
Phone: (562) 985-2721
Office: FO3-314


Education History:

M.A./Ph.D. in Biological (Biocultural) Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012


Courses Taught

Anth 110 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Anth 319 Human Growth and Development
Anth 435 Human Evolution
Anth 400/600  Biocultural Approaches to Gender and the Body
Anth 561 Computer Research Applications in Anthropology (Software & Research Methods)


Research Focus and Teaching Specialties

Biocultural anthropology; gender experience & embodiment; psychobiology of stress; adaptation and resilience; social determinants of health; transgender/LGBT studies; medical anthropology; reproductive ecology; mixed-methodological approaches; applied anthropology; biomarkers.



I am a biocultural anthropologist conducting mixed-methods research to better understand embodied experience and social determinants of health, particularly among vulnerable and marginalized groups. My study “The Transition Experience Study” included in-person interviews and biomarker collections (e.g. salivary cortisol, ambulatory blood-pressure, and inflammation levels) with 65 transgender men living in New England (2009-2012) in order to better understand stress and the experience of gender transition.  This study remains the largest study of trans health that includes both in-person interviews and biomarker measures and a follow-up study with the original participants is forthcoming. I continue to conduct analyses of these in-depth interviews as they provide insights into gender and transition experience.

Future work in this area will integrate visual and audio media and wearable health-tech to capture the lived experience of marginalization and stigma. Outcomes of this research will be applied to increase compassionate awareness of these experiences as well as to capture these experiences as social determinants of health – the very real ways that marginalizing and stigmatizing experiences are embodied.

As a mentor in the BUILD program at CSULB, I am dedicated to mentoring students, particularly those from groups underrepresented in health sciences. I work with students in my BioCultural Research group and our work focuses on two overarching areas: 1) health disparities/social determinants of health: focused on trans gender health and experience of gender non-conforming/non-binary people  & 2) non-human primate conservation: focused on understanding human-animal interactions. Students working in my lab have the opportunity to learn mixed-methodological approaches, applying technological innovations to study experience and health, and contribute to conference presentations and manuscript development as well as assist with new projects as they emerge.

I have also been involved in a number of research collaborations including: a study of the embodiment of financial debt (PI Elizabeth Sweet, UMass Boston), and using online focus groups and developing a text-message based HIV prevention programs for youth (Co-PI’s B. Mustanski and M. Ybarra). I also provide software-based trainings and workshops in mixed-methodological approaches. In addition to my interests in transgender health, the psychobiology of stress, and embodiment and human resilience, I am committed to combatting inequality and health disparities through applied research and community organizing. 


Selected publications

  • Sensitive health topics with underserved patient populations: Methodological considerations for online focus group discussions. 2017. S.L. Reisner, R.K. Randazzo, J.M. White Hughto, S. Peitzmeier, Z. DuBois, D. Pardee, E. Marrow, S. McLean, J. Potter, Qualitative Health Research. 
  • Reaching Adolescent Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Men Online: Development and Refinement of a National Recruitment Strategy. 2016. Prescott, T.L., Phillips, G., DuBois, L.Z., Bull, S., Mustanski, B., Ybarra, M. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(8).
  • To have sex or not to have sex? An online focus group study of sexual decision-making among adolescent gay and bisexual men. 2015. DuBois, L.Z., Macapagal, K., Rivera, Z., Ybarra, M., Mustanski, B. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44 (7): 2027-2040.
  • Focus groups as an HIV prevention among gay, bisexual, and queer adolescent males. 2014. Ybarra, M., DuBois, L.Z., Parsons, J.T., Prescott, T. L., Mustanski, B. AIDS Education and Prevention, 26 (6): 554-564.
  • Condom use decision-making among adolescent gay and bisexual males. 2014. Mustanski, B., DuBois, L.Z., Prescott, T., Ybarra, MAIDS and Behavior, 18 (10): 1955-1969.
  • Associations between transition-specific stress experience, nighttime dip in blood pressure, and C-reactive protein levels among transgendered men. 2012.  DuBois, L.Z. American Journal of Human Biology, 24(1): 52-61.