John Blosnich, PhD, MPH - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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John Blosnich, PhD, MPH

CHERP COIN Investigator


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.

Funded Research

Health Outcomes and Healthcare Use Among Transgender Veterans (CDA 14-408) as Principal Investigator

Research Areas

  • Transgender Health
  • Suicide Prevention