Dr. Hatzenbuehler's research broadly focuses on examining the health consequences of structural forms of stigma and on identifying biopsychosocial mechanisms linking stigma and health. Dr. Hatzenbuehler has published over 115 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his research has been published in several leading journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, American Journal of Public Health, JAMA Pediatrics, and JAMA Psychiatry. His work has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the William T. Grant Foundation. In recognition of this work, Dr. Hatzenbuehler received the 2015 Louise Kidder Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the 2016 Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Association, the 2016 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, and the 2018 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 44). His work has been widely covered in the media, including NPR, the BBC, and the New York Times, and it has been cited in amicus curiae briefs for cases on status-based discrimination.
Steering Committee, Columbia Population Research Center
Co-Director, Gender, Sexuality, and Health Training Program (T32)
Affiliated Faculty, Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program (T32)
Affiliated Faculty, HIV, Substance Use, and Criminal Justice Training Program (T32)
Honors & Awards
William T. Grant Scholar Award (2018-2023)
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, American Psychological Association, Division 44 (2018)
Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest, American Psychological Association (2016)
Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions, Association for Psychological Science (2016)
Louise Kidder Early Career Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (2015)
Areas of Expertise
Research Design and Methods, Stress, Discrimination/Bias, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Stigma, Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender Health, Mental Health
Raifman, J., Moscoe, E., Austin, S.B., Hatzenbuehler, M.L., & Galea, S. (2018). State laws permitting denial of services to same-sex couples and mental distress among sexual minority adults: A difference-in-difference-in-differences analysis. JAMA Psychiatry, 75, 671-677.
Flores, A.R., Hatzenbuehler, M.L., & Gates, G.J. (2018). Identifying psychological responses of stigmatized groups to referendums. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 115, 3816-3821.
Hatzenbuehler, M.L. (2016). Structural stigma: Research evidence and implications for psychological science. American Psychologist, 71, 742-751.
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., McLaughlin, K.A., Keyes, K.M., & Hasin, D.S. (2010). 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.
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.