Dr. Mark Hatzenbuehler, associate professor of sociomedical sciences and co-director, Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, was named recipient of 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. He was chosen for his scholarly record, interdisciplinary research, and body of work that addresses important social issues well aligned with the intent of the honor. Members of the selection committee cited the scope of Dr. Hatzenbuehler’s work that is both basic and applied — ranging from school interventions to legal cases — and “that looks at the intersection of individual level and structural level, and crosses multiple boundaries to provide a more comprehensive understanding of and dissemination of information about minority stress among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.”
Dr. Hatzenbuehler’s research focuses broadly on the causes of mental health disparities related to sexual orientation; the health consequences of exposure to structural forms of stigma; and 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 populations. He has published over 85 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in leading social science and public health journals, and his work has been widely quoted in the media. Additionally, his research has been submitted as evidence in court cases on status-based discrimination. Dr. Hatzenbuehler serves on four editorial boards, including as associate editor at the Journal of Health & Social Behavior and assistant editor at Social Science & Medicine. Dr. Hatzenbuehler also serves as a member of a consensus committee on peer victimization and bullying at the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Hatzenbuehler is currently funded on a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to study social determinants of substance use and other adverse health outcomes among LGB adolescents and young adults.