During graduate school, Brandon collaborated with various research groups to diversify his approach to the social study of health research. In the first project, Brandon worked with Kristen Springer (Rutgers University) and Mary Himmelstein (UConn) as part of the Health Environment and Relational Ties (HEART) Laboratory in the Institute of Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (IHHCPAR) at Rutgers University. He worked on a study that analyzed men's psychological and physiological reactivity to masculinity threats to understand the role that long-term stress plays in contributing to gender disparities in morbidity and mortality.
Brandon also served as a research assistant on a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported study called Discordant Models of Testosterone Function in collaboration with Rebecca Jordan-Young (Barnard College), Katrina Karkazis (Brooklyn College) and Liz Carlin (CUNY). In the project, he employed feminist science studies to critically appraise testosterone research, which will be published in a forthcoming book entitled Testosterone: The Unauthorized Biography.
In a third project, Brandon was as a research fellow on a William T. Grant Foundation-funded study named Evaluating Policymakers Information and Knowledge (EPIK) with Itzhak Yanovitsky (Rutgers) and Matthew Weber (Rutgers). In this project, he incorporated various aspects of social network analysis, including exponential random graph models, to analyze the use of research evidence in the context of federal policy-making on childhood obesity.
Currently, I work as a fellow on a National Institute of Drug Abuse-funded project with Kathryn Greene (Rutgers) and Michael Hecht (Penn State, Real Prevention LLC) testing an interactive technology-based substance use intervention.