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John Blosnich, PhD, MPH


John Blosnich, PhD, MPH

Core Investigator
VA HSR&D Career Development Awardee

Research Interests:

John R. Blosnich, PhD, MPH, is a research health scientist with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He earned his PhD in Public Health Sciences from West Virginia University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in suicide prevention at the University of Rochester, where he began his VA research in collaboration with the VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention.

His research areas of expertise include interpersonal and self-directed violence among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Dr. Blosnich's program of health equity research in VA focuses on LGBT Veterans, with specific attention to suicidal risk and examining ways that information about patients' social determinants of health can be part of adaptive health care systems. Dr. Blosnich’s areas of expertise include the fields of epidemiologic and population-based studies. He has published extensively and garnered attention from major media outlets on his work examining inequities in health and healthcare among minority sexuality adults.

Select Recent Publications

Blosnich, J.R., Nasuti, L., Mays, V.M., & Cochran, S.D. (2016). Suicidality and sexual orientation: Characteristics of symptom severity, disclosure, and timing across the life course. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86(1), 69-78.

Blosnich, J.R., Marsiglio, M.C., Gao, S., Gordon, A.J., Shipherd, J.C., Kauth, M., Brown, G.R., & Fine, M.J. (2016). Mental health of transgender veterans in US states with and without discrimination and hate crime legal protection. American Journal of Public Health, 106(3), 534-540.

Lytle, M.C., Kamen, C., & Blosnich, J.R. (In press). The association of multiple identities with self-directed violence and depression among transgender Individuals. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

De Luca, S.M., Blosnich, J.R., Hentschel, E., King, E., & Amen, S.K. (In press). Mental health care utilization: How race, ethnicity, and veterans status are associated with seeking help. Community Mental Health Journal.

Blosnich, J.R., Hanmer, J., Lan, Y., Matthews, D.D., Kavalieratos, D. (In press). Health care use, health behaviors, and medical conditions among individuals in same-sex and opposite-sex partnerships: A cross-sectional observational analysis of the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS), 2003-2011. Medical Care.

Currently Funded VA Studies

"Health Outcomes and Healthcare Use Among Transgender Veterans," VA HSR&D Career Development Award, 2016-2021