Lawrence Yang
Lawrence H. Yang, PhD
NYU School of Global Public Health - Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Science
NYU School of Global Public Health - Director, Global Mental Health and Stigma Program
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University - Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University
Clinical Fellow, Harvard Medical School
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Boston University
BA, Psychology, Wesleyan University
Research Interests
Stigma, Mental health, HIV, Opioids, Psychosis, Cognition
Lawrence Yang is an Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the NYU School of Global Public Health, where he directs the Global Mental Health and Stigma Program. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University. Dr. Yang’s research focuses on the social factors that influence course of schizophrenia. He currently is PI of a 5-year NIMH R01 grant examining the neurocognitive and social cognitive underpinnings of the new “clinical high risk state for psychosis” designation. Dr. Yang also is PI of an R01 examining cognition in the ‘natural state’ of psychosis in a large untreated, community sample of individuals with psychosis (n=400), who have not yet received any antipsychotic medications, compared with a treated sample (n=400) and healthy controls (n=400) in China. Dr. Yang is also PI of an R21 that seeks to reduce the stigma of HIV among newly-identified pregnant women in Botswana via a pilot randomized control trial. He has over one hundred publications, including publications in the British Journal of Psychiatry and The Lancet. He has received 8 early career awards, 6 of which are national, for his work.
Principal Investigator, RCT to Reduce Stigma and Improve Treatment Adherence in HIV+ Women in Botswana. Completed


Yang LH, Eschliman EL, Mehta H, ..., Blank MB (2022).
A pilot pragmatic trial of a “what matters most”-based intervention targeting intersectional stigma related to being pregnant and living with HIV in Botswana
AIDS Research and Therapy, 19 (1), 26. doi: 10.1186/s12981-022-00454-3. PMCID: PMC9219368.

Choi J, Lieff SA, Meltzer GY, Grivel MM, Chang VW, Yang LH, Des Jarlais DC (2022).
Anti-vaccine attitudes among adults in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic after vaccine rollout
Vaccines, 10 (6), 933. doi: 10.3390/vaccines10060933. PMCID: PMC9228411.

Earnshaw VA, Rendina HJ, Bauer GR, Bonett S, Bowleg L, Carter J, English D, Friedman MR, Hatzenbuehler ML, Johnson MO, McCree DH, Neilands TB, Quinn KG, Robles G, Scheim AI, Smith JC, Smith LR, Sprague L, Taggart T, Tsai AC, Turan B, Yang LH, Bauermeister JA, Kerrigan DL (2022).
Methods in HIV-related intersectional stigma research: Core elements and opportunities
American Journal of Public Health, 112 (S4), S413-S419. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2021.306710. PMCID: PMC9241464.

DeVylder J, Yang LH, Goldstein R, Ross AM, Oh H, Zhou S, Horowitz L, Bridge JA (2022).
Mental health correlates of stigma among college students with suicidal ideation: Data from the 2020-2021 Healthy Minds Study
Stigma and Health, 7 (2), 247-250. doi: 10.1037/sah0000376.

Amsalem D, Valeri L, Jankowski SE, Yang LH, Bello I, Nossel I, Malinovsky I, Smith S, Ngo H, Lieff SA, Pagdon S, Lipp A, Markowitz JC, Neria Y, Dixon LB (2022).
Reducing public stigma toward individuals with psychosis across race and gender: A randomized controlled trial of young adults
Schizophrenia Research, 243, 195-202. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2022.03.011.

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