Center for LGBT Health Research

Championing advances in health and wellness.

The resiliency demonstrated by sexual and gender minority (SGM) communities in the face of stress and adversity is well documented. Yet, SGM people have been found to be at greater risk for stress-related conditions and diseases such as breast cancer, HIV and hepatitis. Our mission is to understand and improve the health of the SGM communities by maintaining an infrastructure to support research, training and practice.

Our Research Expertise

Health Topics
  • Resilience
  • Positive youth development
  • Health services research
  • Structural and interpersonal stigma & discrimination
  • Violence & victimization
  • HIV
  • Mental health
  • Suicide
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use
  • Substance use
  • Obesity & body image
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & heterosexual populations
  • Transgender & cisgender populations
  • Racial & ethnic minority populations
  • Veterans
  • United States populations
  • Populations from low- and middle-income countries
  • Adolescents
  • Young adults
  • Middle-aged adults
  • Older adults
  • Capacity building
  • Technical assistance
  • Statistical analysis
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Intervention design & evaluation
  • Prevention & treatment interventions
  • Bio-behavioral interventions
  • Manuscript & grant writing
  • Presentations
  • Research design
  • Survey development
  • Teaching & training

Our History

Established in 2002, The Center for LGBT Health Research is one of the first of its kind in the world. Paired with 35 years of HIV research at Pitt, this specialized research powerhouse at Pitt Public Health has been successful at producing high quality research and publications largely focused on HIV epidemiology, interventional science, and state and local-level programming.

Academic-Community Partnerships

Engaging partnerships are at the core of our success. Some notable partnerships include:

  • AIDS Free Pittsburgh
  • Project Silk
  • Allies for Health and Wellbeing
  • Persad Center
  • The Open Door
  • Positive Health Clinic
  • Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment
  • SistersPGH

Certificate in LGBT Health and Wellness

For well over a decade, Pitt Public Health has offered a Certificate in LGBT Health and Wellness — the first such training program ever offered at a school of public health. To learn more about this 15-credit certification, view academic and admissions requirements on the program page.

This certificate program is supported by the Departments of Behavioral and Community Health SciencesEpidemiology, and Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and is managed by the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.

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Postdoc Position Available in HIV Prevention Among Gay, Bisexual and Other MSM and Transgender People

Starting on or after September 1, 2024 (start date negotiable)

The Center is recruiting a post-doctoral scholar to join our team located in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. The position is funded by a T32 training grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and is designed to provide pre- and post-doctoral training in HIV prevention among men who have sex with men and/or transgender women. The initial appointment is for one year, but upon satisfactory accomplishment of goals would be renewed for a second year.

The exact focus of applicants’ work is negotiable but must center on HIV prevention among MSM and/or transgender women. We particularly welcome applicants who focus on bio-behavioral HIV prevention research, HIV prevention research among minority MSM, social determinants of HIV risk among MSM, research that focuses on HIV risk among transgender women or research among aging MSM.

The successful applicant will have access to a wide range of funded research and practice projects located at the center, Pitt Public Health and/or the other Schools of the Health Sciences at Pitt. Multiple levels of support exist for the design of National Institutes of Health funding applications to support research in any of the above areas, or other foci to improve the quality of HIV prevention efforts among MSM and transgender populations. Low residency option available. 

Applicants are asked to submit a letter and CV.

For more information please contact: James Egan at