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Member Research & Reports

Yale: Study Probes Biological Links to Depression, Anxiety Among Young LGBTQ Adults

Sexual minority (SM) individuals, such as those who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, are substantially more likely to experience depression, anxiety and suicide than heterosexuals. Yet little is known about the biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying this sexual orientation disparity. Yale School of Public Health associate professor Dr. John Pachankis has received $3.5 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct one of the most comprehensive and methodologically rigorous investigations of internalizing psychopathology among young SM individuals to date. Dr. Pachankis and colleagues from the Karolinska Institutet, Columbia, Northwestern, and Stony Brook will use a large, prospective, population-based dataset in Sweden to try to identify potential biomarkers linked to mental health assessments. Obtaining this information may lead to the development of targeted treatments to advance SM mental health.