RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, Social Epidemiology
Area(s) of Expertise:
Stigma and Discrimination, Mental Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) Populations, Social Determinants of Health
Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Yale University and his post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar. Dr. Hatzenbuehler's research examines how structural forms of stigma, including social policies, increase risk for adverse health outcomes among members of socially disadvantaged populations, with a particular focus on lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Dr. Hatzenbuehler has published 85 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his research has been published in several leading journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Social Science & Medicine, Psychological Bulletin, and JAMA Pediatrics. Dr. Hatzenbuehler's research has received awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Public Health Association, and he received the 2015 Louise Kidder Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, which recognizes social issues researchers who have made substantial contributions to the field early in their careers. His work has been widely covered in the media, including interviews on NPR and MSNBC, and it has been cited in numerous amicus curiae briefs for court cases on status-based discrimination. Dr. Hatzenbuehler currently serves on four editorial boards, including as Associate Editor at the Journal of Health & Social Behavior and Assistant Editor at Social Science & Medicine. Dr. Hatzenbuehler also serves as a member of a consensus committee on peer victimization and bullying at the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Hatzenbuehler is currently funded on a K01 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study social determinants of substance use and other health outcomes among sexual minority youth.