Mark Hatzenbuehler

YES Project Senior Scientific Advisor
Mark Hatzenbuehler

Mark Hatzenbuehler, YES Project Senior Scientific Advisor (he/him/his) is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Psychology at Harvard. He was previously an Associate Professor (with tenure) and Deputy Chair for Faculty Development and Research Strategy in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia. Hatzenbuehler received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale and completed his post-doctoral training in population health at Columbia, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar. Hatzenbuehler’s work examines the role of stigma in shaping population health inequalities, with a particular focus on the mental health consequences of structural and systemic forms of stigma.

He has published over 125 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, which have appeared in leading journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, American Journal of Public Health, and JAMA Psychiatry. His research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and through the William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program.

In recognition of his contributions to the field, Hatzenbuehler received the 2015 Louise Kidder Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the 2016 Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Association, the 2016 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, and the 2018 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the American Psychological Association. In 2019, he was one of only 204 social scientists named to the prestigious Highly Cited Researcher List in recognition of his research influence, as demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.

Hatzenbuehler is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the premier honorary organization for scientists working at the interface of behavior and medicine, and he has been appointed to serve on two consensus committees at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Outside of the academy, Hatzenbuehler’s research has been cited in several amicus curiae briefs, which were submitted as evidence in court cases on status-based discrimination.