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John Pachankis, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

John Pachankis studies the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. His research specifically seeks to identify the psychological and social influences that might explain LGBT individuals’ disproportionate experiences with several adverse mental health outcomes, like depression and substance abuse. He uses social epidemiological, experimental, and mixed methods approaches to conduct this research. Drawing on his background as a clinical psychologist, his...

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Charles Burton, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Chuck Burton is a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Columbia University where he received his PhD in clinical psychology. Chuck's research examines emotional flexibility- the ability to experience and regulate emotions across a variety of contexts- and its connection to mental health and social processes. As one extension of this research, he is exploring stigma's impact on emotional...

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Katie Wang, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Katie Wang is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Yale University in 2014 and completed postdoctoral training at Yale's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. Katie's research broadly focuses on the experience of stigma from the targets' perspective. in one line of research, Katie draws upon theories in experimental social psychology to examine how individual differences interact with contextual factors to...

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Jaclyn White-Hughto, MPH

Predoctoral Fellow, CIRA

Jaclyn White Hughto, MPH, is a doctoral student in Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research includes understanding the social, spatial, and individual-level risk factors driving health inequities in sexual and gender minorities. She is also interested in identifying strategies to increase the uptake of biomedical interventions and developing behavioral interventions to prevent adverse sexual and psychosocial health outcomes in at-risk populations. Mrs....

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Roxanne Winston, MPH

Roxanne Winston, MPH, is the Project Coordinator for the ESTEEM Program in New York City. In this role, she coordinates ESTEEM's cognitive behavioral treatment study for young adult gay and bisexual men with major depressive, anxiety, and/or substance use disorders. Recently completing her MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Yale School of Public Health, Roxanne Winston is a passionate public health practitioner. Her research focuses on health outcomes for gender and sexual...

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Erin McConocha, B.A.

Research Assistant

As a Master of Public Health student in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health, Erin’s research focuses on studying the effects of stigma on mental health outcomes and access to health care for sexual and gender minorities. As a part of the ESTEEM team, Erin is interested in exploring interventions to improve mental health outcomes among queer, trans and gender non-conforming individuals. Erin previously has worked for various community organizations doing housing...

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T.J. Sullivan, BA

Senior Research Assistant

T.J. Sullivan, B.A., is a senior research assistant for the ESTEEM Program based in New York City. His research broadly focuses on how individuals cope with discrimination, stigma, and trauma, particularly within an interpersonal context. T.J. is primarily interested in understanding the development of posttraumatic stress disorder in the LGBT+ community as well as factors that influence adverse relationship outcomes, including intimate partner violence. Additionally, he is interested in the...

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Seyi Adeyinka, MPH

Former NYC Project Coordinator

Oluwaseyi (Seyi) Adeyinka, MPH, is the former Project Coordinator for the Yale School of Public Health ESTEEM Program in New York City. She is currently pursuing her passion for equitable health and patient care at New York University School of Medicine. 

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Xiang (Justin) Cai, B.A., MPH

Research Assistant 2015-2017

Xiang (Justin) Cai, MPH, worked as Research Assistant with Esteem Research Group from June 2015 to May 2017 while earning his Masters degree in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. His research includes understanding how sexual behaviors, minority stress and cultural differences influence the mental and physical health disparities among sexual minorities. He is particularly interested in identifying the risk factors associated...

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Kirsty Clark, MPH

Research Assistant 2014-2016

Kirsty Clark, MPH is currently pursuing her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her Master of Public Health in Social Behavioral Sciences at Yale School of Public Health in 2016. Her primary research interests include: (1) investigating the social epidemiology of disease among sexual and gender minorities; and (2) developing evidence-based interventions to address health needs among vulnerable populations. Through the mentorship of Dr. John...

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Adam Eldahan, BA, MPH

Former Project Coordinator

Adam Ismail Eldahan, MPH, was Project Coordinator for the Yale School of Public Health ESTEEM Program in New York City. In this role, he coordinated ESTEEM's cognitive behavioral treatment study for young adult gay and bisexual men with major depressive, anxiety, and/or substance use disorders. 

Mr. Eldahan's previous research includes assisting on the development on an intervention for health care providers to increase their awareness about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and promote...

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Melvin Hampton, PhD, MDiv

Postdoctoral Fellow in Chronic Diseases

Melvin Hampton is a postdoctoral fellow in CIRA's NIMH Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Program. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New York University, as well as a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Prior to coming to CIRA, Dr. Hampton was an APA MFP Minority Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellow, an NIH/NIDA Diversity Supplement Fellow, and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow.

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Rebecca Pepe, B.A, B.S., MPH

Research Assistant 2014-2016

Rebecca Pepe, MPH worked as Research Assistant at Esteem Research Group from 2014 to 2016 while pursuing her Masters of Public Health in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology. She is now a Clinical Research Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania. Her main research seeks to understand how income inequality in stigmatized populations is related to mental and physical health outcomes. Additionally, she is interested in psychological traits and...

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