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Ethan Mereish Assistant Professor Health Studies

PhD, Boston College

Dr. Ethan Mereish is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University. He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. He completed a clinical psychology residency at Harvard Medical School and a postdoctoral research fellowship at Brown University. His research focuses on understanding the effects of social, psychological, and cultural determinants of health for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and racial/ethnic minorities as well as factors that promote their resilience. Dr. Mereish is currently working on three NIH-funded studies examining the effects of minority stress on mental health and substance use among sexual minority youth and adults. Dr. Mereish is also a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia.
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Selected Publications

Mereish, E. H., Katz-Wise, S. L., Woulfe, J. (2017). Bisexual-specific minority stressors, psychological distress, and suicidality in bisexual individuals: The mediating role of loneliness. Prevention Science, 18, 716-725.

Mereish, E. H., Goldbach, J., Burgess, C., DiBello, A. (2017). Sexual orientation, minority stress, social norms, and substance use among racially diverse adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 178, 49-56. doi:

Kuerbis, A. N., Mereish, E. H., Hayes, M., Davis, C. M., Shao, S., & Morgenstern, J. (2017). Testing cross-sectional and prospective mediators of internalized heterosexism on heavy drinking, alcohol problems, and psychological distress among heavy drinking men who have sex with menJournal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78, 113-123.

Goldbach, J., Mereish, E. H, & Burgess, C. (2017). Sexual orientation disparities in the use of emerging drugs. Substance Use & Misuse, 52, 267-271. doi:

Mereish, E. H., N’Cho, H. S., Green, C. G., Jernigan, M., & Helms, J. E. (2016). Discrimination and depressive symptoms among Black American men: Moderated-mediation effects of ethnicity and self-esteemBehavioral Medicine, 42, 190-196. doi: 10.1080/08964289.2016.1150804

Gamarel, K. E., Mereish, E. H., Manning, D., Iwamoto, M., Operario, D., & Nemoto, T. (2016). Minority stress, smoking patterns, and cessation attempts: Findings from a community-sample of transgender women in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18, 306-313. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntv066. 

Mereish, E. H., & Poteat, V. P. (2015). A relational model of sexual minority mental and physical health: The negative effects of shame on diminished quality relationships, loneliness, and healthJournal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 425-437. doi: 10.1037/cou0000088

Mereish, E. H., & Poteat, V. P. (2015). The conditions under which growth-fostering friendships promote resilience and alleviate psychological distress among sexual minorities: Applications of relational cultural theory. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2, 339-344. doi: 10.1037/sgd0000121

Mereish, E. H., & Poteat, V. P. (2015). Let’s get physical: Sexual orientation disparities in physical activity, sports involvement, and obesity among a population-based sample of adolescentsAmerican Journal of Public Health, 105, 1842-1848. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302682

Mereish, E. H., Lee, J. H., Gamarel, K. E., Zaller, N. D., & Operario, D. (2015). Sexual orientation disparities in psychiatric and drug use disorders among a nationally representative sample of women with alcohol use disorders. Addictive Behaviors, 47, 80-85. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.03.023

Mereish, E. H. (2014). The weight of discrimination: The relationships between heterosexist discrimination and obesity among lesbian women. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1, 356-360. doi: 10.1037/sgd0000056

Mereish, E. H., & Bradford, J. (2014). Intersecting identities and substance use problems: Sexual orientation, gender, race, and lifetime substance use problemsJournal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 179-188. doi: 10.15288/jsad.2014.75.179 

Mereish, E. H., O'Cleirigh, C., & Bradford, J. (2014). Interrelationships between LGBT-based victimization, suicide, and substance use problems in a diverse sample of sexual and gender minorities. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 19, 1-13. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2013.780129

Grants and Sponsored Research

NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - K08 AA025011-01 - PI: Mereish - Minority Stress Reactivity and Hazardous Drinking

NIH/National Institute of Mental Health - R21 MH1131183-01 - PIs: Mereish & Yen - Suicidal and Nonsuicidal Self-Injurious Behavior in Sexual Minority Youth: Examining Modifiable Mechanisms for Treatment Development

NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities - R21 MD010761-01 - PIs: Mereish & Miranda - Minority Stress and Cigarette Smoking among Sexual Minority Youth