Dr. Hatzenbuehler's research focuses broadly on: (1) the causes of mental health disparities related to sexual orientation; (2) the health consequences of exposure to structural forms of stigma; and (3) the identification of biopsychosocial mechanisms linking stigma to adverse health outcomes. His recent work has examined how social policies that differentially target sexual minorities (e.g., same-sex marriage laws, employment non-discrimination policies, anti-bullying policies) affect the mental health of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) populations. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles that have been published in several leading journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Psychological Bulletin, Social Science & Medicine, and Pediatrics. Dr. Hatzenbuehler's work has been widely covered in the media, including radio and television interviews on NPR, BBC World News and MSNBC. Additionally, his research has been submitted as evidence in court cases on sexual orientation-related discrimination. Dr. Hatzenbuehler recently received a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to study social determinants of substance use among LGB adolescents and young adults.
Journal of Health & Social Behavior (beginning January 1, 2014)
Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology (beginning January 1, 2014)
Affiliated Faculty, Columbia Population Research Center
Affiliated Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars
Affiliated Faculty, Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program
Honors & Awards
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar, Columbia University, 2010-2012
James B. Grossman Dissertation Prize, Yale University, 2010
Emerson Award, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, 2010
APHA, Walter J. Lear and Kenneth Lutterman Awards, 2009
APA, Maylon-Smith Award, 2008
Areas of Expertise
Incarceration and Recidivism, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Discrimination/Bias, Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender Health, Stigma
Hatzenbuehler M. L., Bellatorre, A., Lee, Y., Finch, B., Muennig, P., Fiscella, K. (in press). Structural stigma and all-cause mortality in sexual minority populations. Social Science & Medicine.
Hatzenbuehler, M. L., Phelan, J.C., Link, B.G. (2013). Stigma as a fundamental cause of population health inequalities. American Journal of Public Health, 103, 813-821.
Hatzenbuehler ML, Keyes KM, Hasin DS State-level policies and psychiatric morbidity in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations American Journal of Public Health 99 2275-2281 2009
Hatzenbuehler ML How does sexual minority stigma "get under the skin?" A psychological mediation framework Psychological Bulletin 135 707-730 2009
Hatzenbuehler ML, McLaughlin KA, Keyes KM, Hasin DS The impact of institutional discrimination on psychiatric disorders in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: A prospective study. American Journal of Public Health 100 452-459 2010
Hatzenbuehler ML The social environment and suicide attempts in a population-based sample of LGB youth Pediatrics 127 896-903 2011