The American Psychological Association’s Committee on Psychology in the Public Interest Awards selected Dr. Mark Hatzenbuehler, associate professor of sociomedical sciences and co-director, Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health, as the recipient of the 2016 Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest. Dr. Hatzenbuehler was honored for his body of work in support of solutions to critical social problems. He will have the opportunity to present an address at the Association’s 2016 Annual Convention in Denver.
Dr. Hatzenbuehler’s research focuses 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.
Earlier this year Dr. Hatzenbuehler 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. In October, his study “The Collateral Damage of Mass Incarceration: Risk of Psychiatric Morbidity Among Nonincarcerated Residents of High-Incarceration Neighborhoods,” was selected the 2015 Editor’s Choice for Best Paper of the Year by the American Journal of Public Health.