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John Pachankis, PhD

Susan Dwight Bliss Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health



John Pachankis (he/him) is the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health and directs Yale’s LGBTQ Mental Health Initiative, which serves as a home for scholarship devoted to understanding and improving the mental health of LGBTQ populations in the US and around the world. His NIH-funded research program examines the efficacy of LGBTQ-affirmative mental health interventions delivered via novel technologies, in diverse settings, and across the spectrum of the LGBTQ community. These treatments have shown often-times strong and sustained reductions in depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance use, and HIV risk across several randomized controlled trials. He has published 150+ scientific papers on LGBTQ mental health and stigma and co-edited the Handbook of Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Sexual and Gender Minorities published by Oxford University Press. You can learn more about his research at

Education & Training

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

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
2022-23 ScholarFulbright Scholar Program2022

Departments & Organizations