Dr. Hatzenbuehler's research focuses broadly on the causes of sexual orientation health disparities; the health consequences of exposure to structural forms of stigma; and the identification of biopsychosocial mechanisms linking stigma to adverse health outcomes. Dr. Hatzenbuehler has published 85 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his research has been published in leading social science and public health journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Social Science & Medicine, Psychological Bulletin, and JAMA Pediatrics. Dr. Hatzenbuehler has received several awards for his work, including the 2015 Louise Kidder Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, which recognizes social issues researchers who have made substantial contributions to the field early in their careers. His work has been widely covered in the media, including interviews on NPR and MSNBC, and has been cited in numerous amicus curiae briefs for court cases on status-based discrimination. Dr. Hatzenbuehler currently serves as a member of a consensus committee on peer victimization and bullying at the Institute of Medicine. He is funded on a K01 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study social determinants of substance use and other health outcomes among sexual minority youth. Dr. Hatzenbuehler teaches courses in research methods, social determinants of health, and stigma and discrimination.
Co-Director, Gender, Sexuality, Health and HIV Primary Research Area, Columbia Population Research Center
Affiliated Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars
Affiliated Faculty, Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program
Affiliated Faculty, Gender, Sexuality and Health Training Program
Honors & Awards
Louise Kidder Early Career Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 2015
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar, Columbia University, 2010-2012
James B. Grossman Dissertation Prize, Yale University, 2010
APHA, Walter J. Lear and Kenneth Lutterman Awards, 2009
APA, Maylon-Smith Award, 2008
Areas of Expertise
Research Design and Methods, Stress, Discrimination/Bias, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Stigma, HIV/AIDS, Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender Health, Mental Health
Hatzenbuehler, M.L., Schwab-Reese, M., Ranapurwala, S., Hertz, M.F., & Ramirez, M.R. (in press). Associations between anti-bullying policies and bullying in 25 states. JAMA Pediatrics.
Pachankis, J.E., Hatzenbuehler, M.L., Rendina, J., Safren, S.A., & Parsons, J.T. (2015). LGB-affirmative cognitive behavior therapy for young adult gay and bisexual men: A randomized controlled trial of a transdiagnostic minority stress approach. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. [epub ahead of print]
Hatzenbuehler, M.L. (2014). Structural stigma and the health of lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 127-132.
Hatzenbuehler M. L., Bellatorre, A., Lee, Y., Finch, B., Muennig, P., Fiscella, K. (2014). Structural stigma and all-cause mortality in sexual minority populations. Social Science & Medicine, 103, 33-41.
Hatzenbuehler, M.L., & McLaughlin, K.A. (2014). Structural stigma and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis reactivity in lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 47, 39-47.
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, M.L., & Keyes, K.M. (2013). Inclusive anti-bullying policies reduce suicide attempts in lesbian and gay youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53 (1 Suppl), S21-26.
Hatzenbuehler, M.L., Keyes, K.M., & Hasin, D.S. (2009). State-level policies and psychiatric morbidity in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations. American Journal of Public Health, 99, 2275-228.
Hatzenbuehler, M.L. (2009). How does sexual minority stigma "get under the skin?" A psychological mediation framework. Psychological Bulletin, 135, 707-730.