Robert WS Coulter

  • Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, and Clinical & Translational Science

My mission is to eliminate substance use and violence inequities for sexual and gender minority youth (SGMY; e.g., adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer [LGBTQ+]). To accomplish this mission, my research focuses on: (1) examining the complex social mechanisms producing SGMY health inequities; and (2) designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions aimed at reducing violence and substance use inequities for SGMY. My studies use multiple methodologies, including quantitative, qualitative, human-centered design, systems science, and stakeholder-engaged research. My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Addiction, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Prevention Science, and these results were subsequently highlighted in various media outlets, including Huffington Post, NPR, and Reuters.


Accepting students and postdocs for Fall 2024 (tuition/stipend included via R01AA030017)


2017 | University of Pittsburgh | Doctor of Philosophy

2012 | Boston University | Master of Public Health

2008 | Syracuse University | Bachelor of Science


BCHS 2991 | Multilevel Analysis in Public Health

BCHS 2992 | Systems Theories and Approaches

BCHS 3503 | Prevention & Implementation Science: Translating Knowledge to Practice