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David M. Frost

Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health

Dr. David M. Frost is a social and personality psychologist who is broadly concerned with close relationships, sexuality, and health. More specifically, his research focuses on how individuals and couples psychologically experience intimacy within long-term romantic relationships and the resulting implications for their health and relational well-being. He also studies how stigma, prejudice, and discrimination constitute minority stress and, as a result, affect the health and well-being of marginalized individuals. Most recently, he has combined these two lines of research within multiple projects examining same-sex couples' experiences of stigmatization and the resulting impact on their relational, sexual, and mental health. Dr. Frost is also appointed as a United Nations NGO committee representative for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).
Education & Training:

    PhD, 2009, City University of New York

  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Member, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Honors and Awards:
  • James McKeen Cattell Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Psychology, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence, State University of New York
  • Selected Editorial Boards

    • Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
    • Qualitative Psychology
Selected Publications:
  • Frost, D. M., & Forrester, C. Closeness discrepancies in romantic relationships: Implications for relational well-being, stability, and mental health Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin in press
  • Frost, D. M. The narrative construction of intimacy and affect in relationship stories: Implications for relationship quality and mental health Journal of Social and Personal Relationships in press
  • Frost, D. M., & Meyer, I. H. Internalized homophobia and relationship quality among lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals Journal of Counseling Psychology 56 97-109 2009
  • Frost, D. M. Stigma and intimacy in same-sex relationships: A narrative approach Journal of Family Psychology 25 1-10 2011
  • Frost, D. M. Similarities and differences in the pursuit of intimacy among sexual minority and heterosexual individuals: A personal projects analysis Journal of Social Issues 67 282-301 2011
  • Frost, D. M. Social stigma and its consequences for the socially stigmatized Social and Personality Psychology Compass 5 824-839 2011
  • Frost, D. M., & Ouellette, S. C. A search for meaning: Recognizing the potential of narrative research in social policy-making efforts Sexuality Research & Social Policy 8 151-161 2011
  • Frost, D. M., & Meyer, I. H. Measuring community connectedness among diverse sexual minority populations Journal of Sex Research 48 36-49 2012

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