Point Scholar 2004 – 2008
John Pachankis, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences division of the Yale School of Public Health, where he studies the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. He specifically seeks to identify the psychological processes and social contextual factors explaining LGBT individuals’ disproportionate experiences with various adverse mental and physical health outcomes. To accomplish these aims, he combines social psychological methods with life course developmental models of stigma, health, and mental health. For example, one line of his research examines the psychosocial consequences of concealing one’s sexual orientation in various contexts and across formative years of development. Another seeks to examine the longitudinal effects of migrating to urban areas on young gay and bisexual men’s health. He draws upon his training as a clinical psychologist to translate the results of these studies into psychosocial interventions to improve the health of the LGBT community. One of these intervention projects, for example, seeks to promote resilient coping among young gay and bisexual men to counter the negative mental health effects of stigma.