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.
Consulting Editor, Archives of Sexual Behavior
Consulting Editor, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
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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.
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 mothersâ€™ disclosure to their uninfected children: Rates, reasons and reactions. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 19 19-43 2002