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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 (CHERP) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh.  He is also an affiliated researcher for the VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans.  Dr. Blosnich 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. 

Dr. Blosnich's research areas of expertise include interpersonal and self-directed violence among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. His program of health equity research at the VA focuses on LGBT veterans, with specific attention to suicide prevention and examining ways that patients’ social determinants of health data can be integrated into adaptive health care systems. His five-year VA Health Services Research & Development Career Development Award is the first to study transgender health nationally across the VA.  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

Wiley, N.C., Blosnich, J.R., Bear, T.L., Reisner, S.L. (2017). Inside voices: Vocal timbre as a proxy for sex misclassifies respondents on gender-related health behaviors in U.S. phone-based surveys. American Journal of Public Health, 107(8), 1290-4.

Ruben, M., Blosnich, J.R., Dichter, M.E., Luscri, L., Shipherd, J.C. (2017). Will Veterans Answer Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions? Medical Care, 55(S2), S85-89.

Bukowski, L.A., Blosnich, J.R., Shipherd, J.C., Kauth, M.R., Brown, G.R., & Gordon, A.J. (2017). Exploring rural disparities in medical diagnoses among veterans with transgender-related diagnoses utilizing Veterans Health Administration Care. Medical Care, 55(S2), S97-103.

Blosnich, J.R., & Bossarte, R.M. (2017). Pre-military trauma as a correlate of suicidal ideation among veterans. Psychiatric Services, 68(8), 755.

Kauth, M.R., Blosnich, J.R., Marra, J., Keig, Z., & Shipherd, J.C. (2017). Transgender health care in the US Military and Veterans Health Administration facilities. Current Sexual Health Reports.

Lehavot, K. Blosnich, J.R., Glass, J.E., Williams, E.C. (2017). Alcohol use and receipt of alcohol screening and brief intervention in a representative sample of sexual minority and heterosexual adults receiving health care. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 179, 240-6.

Blosnich, J.R., Lytle, M.C., Coulter, R.W.S, & Whitfield, D.L. (In Press). Suicide acceptability and sexual orientation among a nationally representative sample of US adults: Results from the General Social Survey 2008-2014. Archives of Suicide Research.

Tucker, R.P., Testa, R.J., Simpson, T.L., Shipherd, J.C., Blosnich, J.R., & LeHavot, K. (In Press). Hormone therapy, gender affirmation surgery, and their association with recent suicidal ideation and depression symptoms in transgender veterans. Psychological Medicine.

Lytle, M.C., Blosnich, J.R., De Luca, S.M., Brownson, C. (In Press). Association of religiosity with sexual minority suicide ideation and attempt. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Select Letters, Editorials, Chapters, and Other Publications

Blosnich, J.R., & Bossarte, R.M. (2016). Childhood abuse and military experience: Important information to better serve those who have served. JAMA Psychiatry, 73(3), 195-196.

Stall, R., Matthews, D.D., Friedman, M.R., Kinsky, S., Egan, J.E., Coulter, R.W.S., Blosnich, J.R., Markovic, N. (2016). The continuing development of health disparities research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. American Journal of Public Health, 106(5), 787-789.

Blosnich, J.R. (2018). The intersectionality of minority identities and health. In M.R. Kauth & J.C. Shipherd (Eds.) Adult transgender care: An interdisciplinary approach for training mental health professionals. (pp. 30-43). New York, NY: Routledge.

Blosnich, J.R., Friedman, M.R., Ho, K. (2018). Remembering gender in sexual orientation-based research. JAMA Internal Medicine, 178(1), 151.

Currently Funded VA Studies (Principal Investigator)

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

"Using Electronic Health Records to identify Social determinants of health among VISN4 veterans," 2017-2019

"Experiences with HUD-VASH services among male, female, and transgender veterans," 2017-2018

"The associations of housing instability and housing services utilization with suicide risk among transgender veterans," 2017-2018