Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
John Blosnich, PhD, MPH
CHERP COIN Investigator
Research Health Scientist (VA), Assistant Professor (USC)
John R. Blosnich, PhD, MPH, is a research health scientist with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) in Pittsburgh and Assistant Professor, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California. 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.
Dr. Blosnich's primary area of expertise is disparities in suicide risk and prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, with a specific emphasis on social determinants of health. He has conducted numerous studies to capitalize on secondary analyses of existing survey data, helping to fill gaps in knowledge about LGBT health. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Dr. Blosnich spent nine years working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); first with the VISN2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention in Canandaigua, NY and more recently with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion in Pittsburgh, PA. At the VA, he led foundational research about transgender veterans' health and health care utilization, with a specific focus in suicide risk, mortality, and social determinants of health. He garnered the VA's first research award focused on transgender veterans, and served on several national VA committees charged with developing guidance and clinical education and training about LGBT veterans receiving health care through the VA. In addition to VA-supported research, he has conducted LGBT-focused research supported by competitive awards from foundations and the National Institutes of Health.
- Health Outcomes and Healthcare Use Among Transgender Veterans (CDA 14-408) as Principal Investigator