Stigma and population health

Stigma is increasingly recognized as a fundamental cause of population health disparities. The field of stigma research, however, has tended to investigate the health effects of only a few individual stigmas and has typically examined each stigma in isolation. The population-wide health impact across all stigmas is unknown. Furthermore, little is known about why some stigmas are associated with more stress exposure and poorer health outcomes than others and how varying features across stigmas might explain these disparities. Thus, our lab has sought to quantitatively and comprehensively evaluate the effects of stigma on health by drawing from a wide range of theoretical perspectives. We combine epidemiologic and experimental methods to examine this question.