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Faculty & Staff Honors

Yale Professor Awarded for Contributions Toward LGBT Health

Dr. John Pachankis, associate professor at the Yale School of Public Health, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 American Psychological Association Division 44 Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award for his contributions to LGBT psychology.


[Photo: Dr. John Pachankis]

The award recognizes theoretical or empirical contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender psychological issues. Dr. Pachankis leads a team of researchers at the Esteem Program, which provides evidence-based approaches to improve mental health outcomes for the LBGT community and reduce stigma.

The group received a $3.9 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health in 2016 to create interventions for young gay or bisexual men who are at risk of developing anxiety or depressive disorders. “We helped these men learn to recognize the origin of these behaviors, tolerate strong emotions and engage in more personally meaningful and rewarding behavior,” Dr. Pachankis said.

Read more on the Esteem Program.

Read the original story about the grant.