The LGBT Health & Development Program

Dr. Mustanski, Director

Brian Mustanski

| Contact Information |

Department of Medical Social Sciences
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
625 N. Michigan Ave
Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60611

Program Coordinator: 

Ro Truong

| Bio |

Brian Mustanski, Ph.D. is tenured Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology at Northwestern University.  He is the Director of the Northwestern University Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, which has a mission to conduct translational research that improves the health of the LGBT community and train the next generation of LGBT health scholars.  The majority of his research focuses on the health and development of LGBT youth and the application of new media and technology to sexual health promotion and HIV prevention. Dr. Mustanski’s work spans the translational spectrum and includes epidemiological studies, longitudinal cohort studies focused on developmental trajectories and rick/protective mechanism, the development and testing of HIV interventions, and dissemination/implementation science.  He has been a Principal Investigator for multiple federal and foundation research and training awards totaling over $38 million. His current projects include a NIDA-funded dyadic-network cohort study of young gay/bisexual men that seeks to gain a multilevel perspectives on the drivers of substance use and HIV in this population, several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of HIV prevention program for adolescent and young adult gay/bisexual men (NIDA, NIMH, NIMHD), and an NIMHD-funded study of ethical considerations in LGBT adolescent participation in HIV prevention research.  He serves as co-director of the NIH-funded Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and dual Principal Investigator of the NIDA-funded Center for Prevention Implementation Science Methodology (Ce-PIM).  Dr. Mustanski has published over 160 peer reviewed journal articles. Recognition for his work include being named a William T Grant Scholar, the Society for Prevention Research Award for Advances in Culture and Diversity in Prevention Science, and the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution from the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mustanski is a frequent advisor to federal agencies and foundations on LGBT health needs and research priorities.

Dr. Mustanski leads a large translational research program of HIV and LGBT health projects. These include studies of the ethics of conducting LGBT health research with adolescents (funded by the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities), the epidemiology of HIV among young gay/bisexual men (funded by the CDC with Dr. Newcomb as co-PI), and interventions to prevent HIV among young gay/bisexual men (funded by the National institute of Mental Health and National Institute on Drug Abuse). He is currently leading a large-scale study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to understand the interplay between biology, romantic relationships, networks, and neighborhoods in explaining the epidemic of HIV among young gay/bisexual men.

The IMPACT program, directed by Dr. Mustanski, has a mission to conduct translational research that improves the health of the LGBT community and to increase understanding of the development of sexual orientation and gender identity.  We seek to develop the capacity of the LGBT community to conduct health research and translate research findings into practical interventions.  We do this by training the next generation of LGBT health scholars, such as through our HRSA funded Psychology Internship in LGBT Health—the first track of its kind in the nation. Much of our research is conducted in partnership with community-based organizations that serve the LGBT community.  IMPACT is a resident partner of the Center on Halsted, the most comprehensive LGBT resource center in the Midwest, which includes a large HIV testing program, a state-wide HIV/STD hotline, mental health serves, and a large and active youth program. The integration of IMPACT within the Center facilitates the translation of research into practice, state-of-the art evaluation of practice, training of clinical-researchers in LGBT health, engagement of the LGBT community with research, and provides “on the ground” expertise to inform our research agenda and methods. To support dissemination of findings, the IMPACT Program maintains the webpage, which includes information about IMPACT Program research, along with research and policy news and sexual health resources for LGBT youth.

Dr. Mustanski also conducts research in the area of psychiatric and behavioral genetics. In 2005 he co-authored the first genome scan of male sexual orientation and he was the leader of a NIDA funded natural experiment to study gene-environment interaction. Dr. Mustanski has also served as a Co-Investigator on multiple other studies of gene-environment interplay, helping to serve as a bridge between biomedical and behavioral scientists.

| Research Projects and Programs |

Current studies span the translational spectrum from basic epidemiological studies of prevalence of health domains, to longitudinal studies of risk and protective processes, to the development and testing of interventions.

| Curriculum Vita |

PDF   |  January, 2015

Publications listed in pubmed.




Brian Mustanski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry

University of Illinois at Chicago

Mail Code 747, Suite 155

1747 W. Roosevelt Rd

Chicago, IL 60608

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