- 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.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Grants and Sponsored Research
NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - K08 AA025011 - PI: Mereish - Minority Stress Reactivity and Hazardous Drinking
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health - R21 MH1131183 - 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 - PIs: Mereish & Miranda - Minority Stress and Cigarette Smoking among Sexual Minority Youth
Mereish, E.H., Peters, J.R., & Yen, S. (in press). Minority stress and relational mechanisms of suicide among sexual minorities: subgroup differences in the associations between heterosexist victimization, shame, rejection sensitivity, and suicide risk. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.
Doan Van, E.E., Mereish, E. H., Woulfe, J., Katz-Wise, S. L. (in press). Perceived discrimination, coping mechanisms, and effects on health in bisexual and other non-monosexual adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Peters, J.R., Mereish, E.H., Solomon, J.B., Spirito, A., & Yen, S. (in press). Suicide ideation in adolescents following inpatient hospitalization: Intensity and lability over six months of follow up. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.
Mereish, E. H., Kuerbis, A. N., & Morgenstern, J. (2018). A daily diary study of stressful and positive events, alcohol use, and addiction severity among heavy drinking sexual minority men. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 187, 149-154. doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.03.003
Mereish, E. H. (2018). Addressing research gaps in sexual and gender minority adolescents' substance use and misuse. Journal of Adolescent Health, 62, 645-646. doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.03.011
Mereish, E. H., Treloar Padovano, H., Wemm, S., Miranda, R. (2018). Appetitive startle modulation in the human laboratory predicts cannabis craving in the natural environment. Psychopharmacology, 235, 1933-1943.
Puckett, J. A., Mereish, E. H., Levitt, H. M., Horne, S. G., Hayes-Skelton, S. A. (2018). Internalized heterosexism and psychological distress: The moderating effects of decentering. Stigma and Health, 3, 9-15. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/sah0000065
Gamarel, K., Mereish, E. H., Colby, S., Barnett, N., Hayes, K., Jackson, K. (2018). Sexual minority disparities in substance use willingness among youth. Substance Use & Misuse, 53, 170-175. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1327977
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-017-0804-2
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: doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.04.013
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 men. Journal 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: dx.doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2016.1223691
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-esteem. Behavioral 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 health. Journal 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 adolescents. American 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 problems. Journal 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
Area of Expertise
Ethan H. Mereish's research focuses on the effects of social, psychological, and cultural determinants of health for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and racial/ethnic minorities as well as factors that promote their resilience.
Mereish is an expert on the effects of minority stress on mental health and substance use among sexual minority youth and adults. Mereish is also a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia.