Ilan Meyer

Ilan Meyer

Ilan Meyer

Professor Emeritus
Sociomedical Sciences


722 West 168 Street, Room 533
New York NY 10032
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Dr. Ilan Meyer's academic background is in social psychology, psychiatric epidemiology, and sociomedical sciences. For the past 10 years he has been studying public health issues related to minority health. His areas of research include stress and illness in minority populations, in particular, the relationship of minority status, minority identity, prejudice and discrimination and mental health outcomes in sexual minorities and the intersection of minority stressors related to sexual orientation, race/ethnicity and gender.



PhD, 1993, Columbia University
MA, 1987, New Sch Social Research
BA, 1981, Tel Aviv University


Editorial Boards

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Columbia Affiliations

Academic Appointments

Additional Affiliations

Honors & Awards

Distinguished Dissertation - Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Barbara Snell Dohrenwend Award for published/publishable paper
Marisa De Castro Benton Dissertation Award for outstanding contribution to the sociomedical sciences - Columbia University
Mark Freedman Award for outstanding research on lesbian/gay issues - Association of Lesbian & Gay Psychologists
Scientific Contribution, American Psychological Association Division 44 Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues

Areas of Expertise

Stress, Minority Health, Social / Cultural Issues, Social Epidemiology, Stigma, HIV/AIDS, Depression, Mental Health

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Meyer, I.H. & Northridge, M.E. The Health of Sexual Minorities: Public Health Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations Springer NY 2007
Meyer, I.H. Prejudice as stress: Conceptual Problems for Measurement. American Journal of Public Health 93 262-265 2003
Meyer, I. H., Schwartz, S., & Frost, D. M. Social patterning of stress and coping: Does disadvantaged social status confer more stress and fewer coping resources? Social Science & Medicine in press
Meyer IH Prejudice, social stress and mental health in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: conceptual issues and research evidence Psychological Bulletin 129 674-697 2003
Meyer, I.H. Prejudice, social stress and mental health in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: Conceptual issues and research evidence. Psychological Bulletin 129 674-697 2003
Meyer IH Why lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender public health? American Journal of Public Health 91 856-859 2001
Meyer, I.H., Dietrich, J.D., & Schwartz, S. Lifetime prevalence of mental disorders and suicide attempts in diverse lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations. American Journal of Public Health in press
Meyer IH Prejudice as stress: conceptual problems for measurement American Journal of Public Health 93 262-265 2003
Meyer IH, Whyatt RM, Perera FP, Ford JG Risk for asthma in 1-year old infants residing in New York City high-risk neighborhoods Journal of Asthma 40 545-550 2003
Meyer IH, Rossano L, Ellis J, Bradford J A brief telephone interview to identify lesbian and bisexual women in random digit dialing sampling Journal of Sex Research 39 139-144 2002
Herek GM Stigma and sexual orientation: Understanding prejudice against lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals Sage CA 160-186 1998
Lewin S, Meyer IH Torture, ill-treatment and sexual identity The Lancet 358 Dec 1 1899-1900 2001
Meyer IH, Schwartz S Social issues as public health: promise and peril American Journal of Public Health 90 1189-1191 2000
Meyer IH, Sternfels P, Fagan JK, Ford JG Asthma-related limitation in sexual functioning among emergency department users American Journal of Public Health 92 770-772 2002
Meyer IH Minority stress and mental health in gay men Journal of Health and Social Behavior 36 38-56 1995

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