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.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
- Social Cognition
- Clyman, J., & Pachankis, J. E. (2014). The relationship between objectively-coded explanatory style and mental health in the stigma-related narratives of young gay men. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 15(1), 110-115.
- Hatzenbuehler, M. L., Pachankis, J. E., & Wolff, J. (2012). Religious climate and health risk behaviors in sexual minority youth: A population-based study. American Journal of Public Health, 102, 657-663.
- Lelutiu-Weinberger, C., Pachankis, J. E., Golub, S., Walker, J. J., Bamonte, A. J., & Parsons, J. (2013). Age cohort differences in the effects of gay-related stigma, anxiety and identification with the gay community on sexual risk and substance use. AIDS and Behavior, 17, 340-349.
- Merin, A., & Pachankis, J. E. (2011). The psychological impact of genital herpes stigma. Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 80-90.
- Pachankis, J. E. (2009). The use of cognitive behavior therapy to promote authenticity. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 5, 28-38.
- Pachankis, J. E. (2007). The psychological implications of concealing a stigma: A cognitive-affective-behavioral model. Psychological Bulletin, 133, 328-345.
- Pachankis, J. E., & Bernstein, L. (2012). An etiological model of anxiety in young gay men: From early stress to public self-consciousness. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 13, 107-122.
- Pachankis, J. E., Buttenwieser, I. G., Bernstein, L. B., & Bayles, D. O. (2013). A longitudinal, mixed methods study of sexual position identity, behavior, and fantasies among young sexual minority men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(7), 1241-1253.
- Pachankis, J. E., & Goldfried, M. R. (2010). Expressive writing for gay-related stress: Psychosocial benefits and mechanisms underlying improvement. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 98-110.
- Pachankis, J. E., & Goldfried, M. R. (2007). On the next generation of process research. Clinical Psychology Review, 27, 760-768.
- Pachankis, J. E., & Goldfried, M. R. (2006). Social anxiety in young gay men. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 20, 996-1015.
- Pachankis, J. E., & Goldfried, M. R. (2004). Clinical issues in working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, and Training, 41, 227-246.
- Pachankis, J. E., Goldfried, M. R., & Ramrattan, M. (2008). Extension of the rejection sensitivity construct to the interpersonal functioning of gay men. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 306-317.
- Pachankis, J. E., & Hatzenbuehler, M. L. (2013). The social development of contingent self-worth in sexual minority young men: An empirical investigation of the "Best Little Boy in the World" hypothesis. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 176-190.
- Pachankis, J. E., Lelutiu-Weinberger, C, Golub, S. A., & Parsons, J. T. (in press). The development of an online risk-reduction intervention for young gay and bisexual men using social networking technology. AIDS and Behavior.
- Pachankis, J. E., Westmaas, J. L., & Dougherty, L. R. (2011). The influence of sexual orientation and masculinity on young men’s tobacco smoking. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 142-152.
- Abnormal Psychology
- Adult Psychopathology
- Behavior Therapy
- Clinical Psychology
- Cognitive Assessment
- Diversity in Psychology
- Identity, Stigma, and Mental Health
- Research and Writing in Psychology
Yale School of Public Health
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