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 Botswanna. Completed


Misra S, Mehta HT, Eschliman EL, Rampa S, Poku OB, Wang WQ, Ho-Foster AR, Mosepele M, Becker TD, Entaile P, Arscott-Mills T, Opondo PR, Blank MB, Yang LH (2021).
Identifying “What Matters Most” to men in Botswana to promote resistance to HIV-related stigma
Qualitative Health Research, 31 (9), 1680-1696. doi: 10.1177/10497323211001361.

Yang LH, Poku OB, Misra S, Mehta HT, Rampa S, Eisenberg MM, Yang LS, Dai Cao TX, Blank LI, Becker TD, Link BG, Entaile P, Opondo PR, Arscott-Mills T, Ho-Foster AR, Blank MB (2021).
Stigma, structural vulnerability, and “what matters most” among women living with HIV in Botswana, 2017
American Journal of Public Health, 111 (7), 1309-1317. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2021.306274.

Friedman SR, Williams LD, Guarino H, Mateu-Gelabert P, Krawczyk N, Hamilton L, Walters SM, Ezell JM, Khan M, Di Iorio J, Yang LH, Earnshaw VA (2021).
The stigma system: How sociopolitical domination, scapegoating, and stigma shape public health
Journal of Community Psychology [Epub 2021 Jun 11]. doi: 10.1002/jcop.22581.

Dev S, Kankan T, Blasco D, Le PTD, Agrest M, Dishy G, Mascayano F, Schilling S, Jorquera MJ, Dahl C, Cavalcanti MT, Price L, Conover S, Yang LH, Alvarado R, Susser ES (2021).
Implementation of a pilot community-based psychosocial intervention for patients with psychoses in Chile and Brazil: A comparative analysis of users’ perspectives
Global Mental Health, 8, e15. doi: 10.1017/gmh.2021.10. PMCID: PMC8157814.

Misra S, Jackson VW, Chong J, Choe K, Tay C, Wong J, Yang LH (2021).
Systematic review of cultural aspects of stigma and mental illness among racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States: Implications for interventions
American Journal of Community Psychology [Epub 2021 Apr 3]. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12516.

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