Eric W. Schrimshaw, Ph.D., is a social/health psychologist and associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Medical Center where he serves as co-Lead of the Sexuality, Sexual, and Reproductive Health certificate program. His research over the past 20 years has been in the area of LGB health, with a particular emphasis on HIV risk behaviors of MSM populations. In particular, he has an interest in the role of technology in changing how MSM meet and communicate with potential sexual partners and how this may contribute to sexual risk behaviors among MSM. His research has also addressed the unique psychological and sexual health needs of bisexual men, pornography viewers, male sex workers, and LGB adolescents. His research has been supported by multiple NIH grants and has resulted in the publication of over 60 journal articles addressing LGB health and well-being.
PhD, 2009, City University of New York - Graduate Center
MA, 2000, City University of New York - City College
BS, 1996, Eckerd College
Consulting Editor, Archives of Sexual Behavior
Consulting Editor, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Honors & 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
Areas of Expertise
Longitudinal Studies, Research Design and Methods, Adolescent Health, Homelessness, Stigma, Dental and Oral Health, HIV/AIDS, Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender Health, Sexuality, Sex Education and Safe Sex, Mental Health, Addiction/Drug Abuse, Smoking (Tobacco)
Select Urban Health Activities
Project Conceal: Project Conceal is a 3.5-year NIMH-funded R01 study of an ethnically diverse sample of behaviorally-bisexual men. Specifically, the study interviewed 203 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. 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 R21 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.
Young Urban Men's Study (Project YUMS): Project YUMS is a 4 year NIMHD-funded longitudinal mixed-method study of 160 ethnically-diverse young (16-25) men who have sex with men in NYC over 18 months. Given the increasing number of new HIV/STI infections among YMSM, the study focuses on understanding the sexual socialization process of YMSM - the process by which individuals gain knowledge, attitudes and norms about sexuality, sexual behavior, and sexual risk (including PrEP). Sexual scripts theory provides a framework to understand how men receive information from cultural and interpersonal sources and use them to guide their behavior.
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
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