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Eric W. Schrimshaw

Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

Eric Schrimshaw PhD, is a social/health psychologist whose research focuses on the role of interpersonal relationships on health and well-being. His work and interests are focused on three aspects of social relationships. First, much of Dr. Schrimshaw's early work (including his dissertation) was focused on the beneficial role of supportive relationships and the negative impact of stigma, conflict, and rejection on mental and behavioral health outcomes. Second, Dr. Schrimshaw's work has addressed the health implications of concealing stigmatized identities. Specifically this work has focused on how self-disclosure or the communication of personal information with others has beneficial role in health and well-being, how concealment can have negative implications for health, and how non-disclosure can impede access to care and support. Finally, most recently, Dr. Schrimshaw's work has focused on how different social environments where sexual relationships are formed may impede communication and facilitate sexual risk. Of particular interest are the use of the Internet and smartphone technologies for meeting sexual partners, the influence of these technologies on communication, and whether these technologies could contribute to sexual risk. Employing a mixed-methods approach that involves both qualitative interviewing and quantitative survey methods, his work documents the importance of interpersonal relationships for understanding mental health, substance use, and sexual risk behavior. He has addressed these issues within several populations including adults living with HIV/AIDS, gay/lesbian/bisexual adolescents, gay/bisexual men, and bisexual men "on the down low." Dr. Schrimshaw has published over 50 journal articles addressing the role of interpersonal relationships and health.   View Faculty CV here (PDF).
Education & Training:

    PhD, 2009, City University of New York - Graduate Center

    MA, 2000, City University of New York - City College

    BS, 1996, Eckerd College

Honors and Awards:
  • David Rosenstein Award, HIV/AIDS Section of APHA, 2006
  • Travel Scholarship Award, University Consortium for Sexuality Research and Training, 2007
  • National Center on Minority Health & Health Disparities/NIH Health Disparities Student Loan Repayment Scholar, 2009-2013
  • Calderone Award for Junior Investigators, 2013
  • Selected Editorial Boards

    • Consulting Editor, Archives of Sexual Behavior
    • Consulting Editor, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
New York City
    Project Conceal
    Project Conceal is a 3.5-year NIMH-funded study of an ethnically diverse sample of "men on the down low." Specifically, the study will interview 200 non-gay identified men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) who have not disclosed their same-sex behavior to their wives and girlfriends. Of critical interest is whether non-disclosing MSMW may engaging in sexual risk behaviors with both their male and female partners, potentially serving as a "bisexual bridge" for HIV acquisition and transmission to their female partners. Other aims include understanding the different psychosocial needs fulfilled by sexual relationships with men and women and the strategies MSMW use to conceal their same-sex behaviors.

    SMAPS Project
    The SMAPS Project is a 2-year NIMH-funded study of an ethnically diverse sample of men who have sex with men who use smartphone applications (e.g., Grindr) for meeting sexual partners. Of critical interest is the prevalence of smartphone use for sexual partnering among MSM, comparison of smartphone and Internet-based sexual partnering on number of sexual partners and sexual risk behaviors, and the contexts and motives that contribute to sexual partnering using smartphone applications.

Selected Publications:
  • Schrimshaw, E. W., Siegel, K., Downing, M. J., Jr., & Parsons, J. T. Disclosure and concealment of sexual orientation and the mental health of non-gay-identified, behaviorally-bisexual men. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 141-153, 2013
  • Schrimshaw, EW., Siegel, K., Downing, Jr., MJ. Sexual risk behaviors with female and male partners met in different sexual venues among non-gay-identified, nondisclosing MSMW International Journal of Sexual Health 22 167-179 2010
  • Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., & Hunter, J. Disclosure of sexual orientation and subsequent substance use and abuse among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths: Critical role of disclosure reactions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 23 175-184 2009
  • Siegel, K., Schrimshaw, E. W., Lekas, H-M., & Parsons, J. T. Sexual behaviors of non-gay identified non-disclosing men who have sex with men and women. Archives of Sexual Behavior 37 720-735 2008
  • Schrimshaw, E. W., Rosario, M., Meyer-Bahlburg, H. F. L., & Scharf-Matlick, A. A. Test-retest reliability of self-reported sexual behavior, sexual orientation, and psychosexual milestones among gay, lesbian, and bisexual youths. Archives of Sexual Behavior 35 220-229 2006
  • Parsons, J. T., Schrimshaw, E. W., Wolitski, R. J., Halkitis, P. N., Purcell, D. W., Hoff, C., & Gomez, C. A. Sexual harm reduction practices of HIV-seropositive gay and bisexual men: Serosorting, strategic positioning, and withdrawal before ejaculation. AIDS 19 (Suppl 1) S13-S25 2005
  • Parsons, J. T., Schrimshaw, E. W., Bimbi, D. S., Wolitski, R. J., Gomez, C. A., & Halkitis, P. N. Consistent, inconsistent, and non-disclosure to casual sexual partners among HIV-seropositive gay and bisexual men. AIDS 19 (Suppl 1) S87-S97 2005
  • Schrimshaw, E. W. Relationship-specific unsupportive social interactions and depressive symptoms among women living with HIV/AIDS: Direct and moderating effects. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 26 297-313 2003
  • Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., Hunter, J., & Gwadz, M. Gay-related stress and emotional distress among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths: A longitudinal examination. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 70 967-975 2002
  • Schrimshaw, E. W., & Siegel, K. HIV-infected mothers’ disclosure to their uninfected children: Rates, reasons and reactions. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 19 19-43 2002

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