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).