Dr. David M. Frost is a social psychologist whose work sits at the intersections of close relationships, stress, sexuality, and health. His primary line of research focuses on how stigma, prejudice, and discrimination constitute minority stress and, as a result, affect the health and well-being of marginalized individuals. He also studies how couples psychologically experience intimacy within long-term romantic relationships and how their experience of intimacy affects their health. He has combined these two lines of research within recent projects examining same-sex couples' experiences of stigmatization and the resulting impact on their relational, sexual, and mental health. This work has been recognized by grants and awards from the National Institutes of Health, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the New York Academy of Sciences. At Columbia, Dr. Frost teaches courses in the areas of sexuality and reproductive health, LGBT health, research methods and data analysis.
Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Journal of Homosexuality
Member, American Psychological Association
Member, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Member, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Honors & 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
Areas of Expertise
Select Urban Health Activities
Frost, D. M., Lehavot, K., Meyer, I. H. (2015). Minority stress and physical health among sexual minority individuals. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 1-8.
LeBlanc, A. J., Frost, D. M., & Wight, R. (2015). Minority stress and stress proliferation among same-sex and other marginalized couples. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77, 40-59.
Frost, D. M., Meyer, I. H., & Hammack, P. L. (2015). Health and well-being in emerging adults- same-sex relationships: Critical questions and directions for research in developmental science. Emerging Adulthood, 3, 3-13.
Frost, D. M. & LeBlanc, A. J. (2014). Nonevent stress contributes to mental health disparities based on sexual orientation: Evidence from a personal projects analysis. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84, 557-566.
Frost, D. M., & Forrester, C. (2013). Closeness discrepancies in romantic relationships: Implications for relational well-being, stability, and mental health. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 456 - 469.
Frost, D. M., & Meyer, I. H. (2012). Measuring community connectedness among diverse sexual minority populations. Journal of Sex Research, 48(1), 36-49.
Frost, D. M. (2011). Stigma and intimacy in same-sex relationships: A narrative approach. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(1), 1 - 10.
Frost, D. M., & Ouellette, S. C. (2011). A search for meaning: Recognizing the potential of narrative research in social policy-making efforts. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 8(3), 151-161.
Frost, D. M. (2011). Social stigma and its consequences for the socially stigmatized. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5(11), 824-839.
Frost, D. M., & Meyer, I. H. (2009). Internalized homophobia and relationship quality among lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56, 97-109.