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Eric Layland, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Eric Layland, PhD


Eric Layland, PhD (he/him), is a postdoctoral fellow in CIRA’s Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program. He received his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. His program of research broadly investigates stigma-related mechanisms underlying sexual minority mental health and substance use disparities and seeks to support further refinement and adaptation of LGBTQ-affirmative interventions. Within his program of research, Dr. Layland has three major aims: 1) to improve quantitative modeling of intersectional stigma through person-centered and innovative developmental methods, 2) identify mechanisms underlying risk and resilience among sexual minority young people in response to stigma experiences originating both inside and outside the LGBTQ community, and 3) to evaluate and improve sexual minority mental health and substance use interventions, intervention components, and sustainable effectiveness.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    The Pennsylvania State University, Human Development & Family Studies (2020)
  • NIH Pre-Doctoral Fellow
    The Methodology Center, Pennsylvania State University (2018)


  • The Healthy Young Men's Cohort Study
    Los Angeles, United States 2018
    Data analysis and study design of longitudinal cohort of Black and Latino sexual minority young men's health, HIV care and prevention continua, and substance use.
  • HealthWise South Africa Intervention Evaluation and Adaptation
    Cape Town, South Africa (2016-2020)
    Substance Use and Sexual Health Intervention Adaptation field work, data collection, and data analysis

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