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Ilan H.  Meyer, PhD

Ilan H. Meyer, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociomedical Sciences
Deputy Chair for MPH Programs

Dr. Ilan H. Meyer is an Associate Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and Deputy Chair for MPH Programs at the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Meyer’s background is in social psychology, psychiatric epidemiology, and sociomedical sciences. He has been studying public health issues related to minority health. His areas of research include stress and illness in minority populations, in particular, the relationship of minority status, minority identity, prejudice and discrimination and mental health outcomes in sexual minorities and the intersection of minority stressors related to sexual orientation, race/ethnicity and gender. His model of minority stress is often used in studies of health in lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals (LGB) and his studies have been quoted as evidence in briefs to several court cases advocating for gay rights. Dr. Meyer is the editor with Dr. Northridge of the recently-published comprehensive handbook on LGBT health, titled The health of sexual minorities: Public health perspectives on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations (2007, Springer).

Education & Training
 Columbia University, PhD, 1993
 New School, MA, Social Research, 1987
 Tel Aviv University, BA, 1981

Contact Information

722 W 168th Street, 9th Floor, Room 911
New York, NY 10032
USA Phone
work: 212-305-1952
fax: 212-305-0315
Email : im15@columbia.edu

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Selected Published Works

Meyer IH "Prejudice, social stress and mental health in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: conceptual issues and research evidence" Psychological Bulletin 129 674–697 2003

Meyer IH "Prejudice as stress: conceptual problems for measurement" American Journal of Public Health 93 262-265 2003

Meyer IH, Whyatt RM, Perera FP, Ford JG "Risk for asthma in 1-year old infants residing in New York City high-risk neighborhoods" Journal of Asthma 40 545 – 550 2003

Meyer IH, Rossano L, Ellis J, Bradford J "A brief telephone interview to identify lesbian and bisexual women in random digit dialing sampling" Journal of Sex Research 39 139-144 2002

Meyer IH, Sternfels P, Fagan JK, Ford JG "Asthma-related limitation in sexual functioning among emergency department users" American Journal of Public Health 92 770-772 2002

Meyer IH "Why lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender public health?" American Journal of Public Health 91 856-859 2001


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