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John Pachankis

John Pachankis

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In order to create effective health interventions for stigmatized individuals, my research draws upon social, developmental, and clinical models of health behavior to understand how stigma, mental health, and ecological factors compromise the health of stigmatized populations over the life course.

I am particularly interested in understanding: (1) the social determinants of mental health among stigmatized populations; (2) how to develop and deliver effective health interventions for stigmatized populations; and (3) conceptual models of stigma (e.g., what makes being stigmatized particularly unhealthy for some people, while others effectively cope).

The overarching goal of my research is to identify the social-cognitive mechanisms implicated in health complications of stigmatized individuals in order to apply these findings to the creation of effective health interventions.

I am currently collaborating with several other investigators to develop evidence-based psychosocial health interventions for individuals coping with identity-related stressors and stigma, including gay and bisexual men, transgender individuals, and people living with HIV.

I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2008 and completed my clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology (Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences) at the Yale School of Public Health.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

Courses Taught:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Adult Psychopathology
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Diversity in Psychology
  • Identity, Stigma, and Mental Health
  • Research and Writing in Psychology

John Pachankis
Yale School of Public Health
60 College Street
Laboratory for Epidemiology and Public Health 310
New Haven, Connecticut 06520
United States

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