John Pachankis, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Departments & Organizations

Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQI Affairs: Research Interest | Yale Medicine Outlist

School of Public Health: Pachankis Lab | Social & Behavioral Sciences

Yale Institute for Global Health


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 ultimate goal is to translate the results of these studies into psychosocial interventions to improve the health of the LGBT community. You can learn more about his research at

Education & Training

PhD State University of New York at Stony Brook (2008)
MA State University of New York at Stony Brook (2004)
Predoctoral fellow McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School

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