Stephanie H. Cook, MPH, DrPH
NYU School of Global Public Health - Assistant Professor
DrPH, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
MPH, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
BA, Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan
Research Interests
Adult attachment, Minority stress, Emerging adulthood, Sexual and gender minorities, HIV, Substance use
Stephanie Cook aims to understand the pathways and mechanisms linking attachment, minority stress and health in vulnerable populations. She examines how the inter- and intra-personal features of close relationships influence the health of racial/ethnic and sexual minorities.

Through her development of an integrated theory of adult attachment (i.e., the development, or lack, of strong socio-emotional bonds) and minority stress (i.e., social stress experienced by individuals in minority social groups), she seeks to better understand the poor health and HIV prevention needs of disadvantaged youth transitioning into adulthood. She then utilizes this theoretical framework of attachment and minority stress to inform effective prevention programs for racial/ethnic and sexual minority youth.

Currently, Dr. Cook is exploring how adult attachment orientation is associated with HIV risk in a community sample of Black gay and bisexual men transitioning into adulthood. Second, she is exploring how transitions in attachment during adolescence are associated with trajectories of depression among a community based cohort sample of African-American youth. Third, she seeks to understand how adult attachment, in the context of minority stress, is associated with biomarkers of physical health among young sexual minority men.
Principal Investigator, Ethical Considerations in the Collection of Biologics Among Young Sexual Minority Males. Completed
Principal Investigator, Exploring Daily Microaggressions and Health Behaviors in the Lives of Black Young Sexual Minority Men. Completed
Principal Investigator, Minority Stress, Substance Use, and Pre-Clinical Cardiovascular Risk Among Sexual Minority Men: Understanding the Protective Features of Social Support. Completed
Principal Investigator, Moving Beyond Social Support: Examining the Role of Adult Attachment, Daily Discrimination, Stress Physiology and Substance Use Among Young Sexual Minority Men. Completed


Cook SH, Slopen N, Scarimbolo L, Mirin N, Wood EP, Rosendale N, Chunara R, Burke CW, Halkitis PN (2022).
Discrimination is associated with C-reactive protein among young sexual minority men
Journal of Behavioral Medicine [Epub 2022 Apr 8]. doi: 10.1007/s10865-022-00307-4.

Cook SH, Wood EP, Mirin N, Bandel M, Bandel M, Delorme M, Gad L, Jayakar O, Mustafa Z, Tatar R, Javdani S, Godfrey E (2022).
A mindfulness-based intervention to alleviate stress from discrimination among young sexual and gender minorities of color: Protocol for a pilot optimization trial
JMIR Research Protocols, 11 (1), e35593. doi: 10.2196/35593. PMCID: PMC8800091.

Kim S, Capasso A, Cook SH, Ali SH, Jones AM, Foreman J, DiClemente RJ, Tozan Y (2021).
Impact of COVID-19-related knowledge on protective behaviors: The moderating role of primary sources of information
PLoS One, 16 (11), e0260643. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0260643. PMCID: PMC8629273.

Cook SH, Thornton S, Robinson SE, Cochran J, Yung G (2021).
Statistics for equity: Capturing, not masking, intersectional dynamics in data
Amstat News, 533, 14-15.

Cook SH, Wood EP, Jaiswal J, Castro R, Calderon L, Qi Y, Llaneza A (2021).
Assessing perceptions of broad consent concerning biological specimen collection in a cohort of young sexual minority men
Archives of Sexual Behavior, 50 (7), 3313-3321. doi: 10.1007/s10508-021-01964-3. PMCID: PMC8493942.


Boone MR, Cook SH, Wilson PA (2016).
Sexual identity and HIV status influence the relationship between internalized stigma and psychological distress in black gay and bisexual men
AIDS Care, 28 (6), 764-770. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1164801. PMCID: PMC5043061.

Cook SH, Watkins DC, Calebs B, Wilson PA (2016).
Attachment orientation and sexual risk behaviour among young Black gay and bisexual men
Psychology and Sexuality, 7 (3), 177-196. doi: 10.1080/19419899.2016.1168312. PMCID: PMC4997232.

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Selected Press