PhD Student in Clinical Psychology

Research Interests

I study the well-being and close relationships of youth and adults, with a focus on sexual and gender minority people. I investigate how people with marginalized sexual identities and practices form and maintain relationships against a backdrop of stigma, including diverse relationship structures and dynamics (e.g. consensual non-monogamy, kink/BDSM). My research also considers the impacts of individual-, interpersonal-, and systems-level factors like internalized stigma, partner discrepancies, and experiences of discrimination on mental health and relationships. Additionally, I am interested in developing accessible, inclusive interventions to improve health and relationship outcomes among underserved sexual minorities.

pronouns: she/her or they/them

Publications and Presentations

Vilkin, E., Einhorn, L., Satyanarayana, S., & Eisu, A., Kimport, K., & Flentje, A. (2019). Elementary students’ gender beliefs and attitudes following a 12-week arts curriculum focused on gender. Journal of LGBT Youth. https://doi.org/10.1080/19361653.2019.1613282

Vilkin, E. & Sprott, R. (2019). How does the kink experience impact relationship and sexual functioning? Findings from the National Kink Health Survey (Chairs: C. Herbitter & E. Vilkin). Paper to be presented at to the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Atlanta, GA.

Vilkin, E., Lunn, M., Obedin-Maliver, J., Capriotti, M., & Flentje, A. (2018). Employment status,
employment discrimination, and outness in the workplace among sexual and gender minorities. Poster presented at the 2018 Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA

Flentje, A., Vilkin, E., Einhorn, L., Satyanarayana, S., & Eisu, A. (2018). 12 weeks of elementary arts education focused on gender is related to shifts in beliefs about gender. Poster presented at the 2018 Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Vilkin, E., Lunn, M., Obedin-Maliver, J., Capriotti, M., & Flentje, A. (2017). Rates and correlates of employment and employment-related discrimination among gender minority people. Paper presented at the National Transgender Health Summit at the University of California, San Francisco, Oakland, CA.

Contact Information

Department of Psychology
SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2500

Phone: (631) 632-7837
Email:ellora.vilkin@stonybrook.edu