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Lawrence Yang
Lawrence H. Yang, PhD
NYU School of Global Public Health - Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Science
NYU School of Global Public Health - Director, Global Mental Health and Stigma Program
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University - Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Education
Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University
Clinical Fellow, Harvard Medical School
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Boston University
BA, Psychology, Wesleyan University
Research Interests
Stigma, Mental health, HIV, Opioids, Psychosis, Cognition
BIO
Lawrence Yang is Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the NYU School of Global Public Health, where he directs the Global Mental Health and Stigma Program. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University. Dr. Yang’s research focuses on the social factors that influence course of schizophrenia. He currently is PI of a 5-year NIMH R01 grant examining the neurocognitive and social cognitive underpinnings of the new “clinical high risk state for psychosis” designation. Dr. Yang also is PI of an R01 examining cognition in the ‘natural state’ of psychosis in a large untreated, community sample of individuals with psychosis (n=400), who have not yet received any antipsychotic medications, compared with a treated sample (n=400) and healthy controls (n=400) in China. Dr. Yang is also PI of an R21 that seeks to reduce the stigma of HIV among newly-identified pregnant women in Botswana via a pilot randomized control trial. He has over one hundred publications, including publications in the British Journal of Psychiatry and The Lancet. He has received 8 early career awards, 6 of which are national, for his work.
Projects
Principal Investigator, RCT to Reduce Stigma and Improve Treatment Adherence in HIV+ Women in Botswana. Completed
Publications

Recent

Becker TD, Blasco D, Burrone MS, Dishy G, Velasco P, Reginatto G, Mascayano F, Wu MS, Hu C, Bharadwaj S, Khattar S, Calderon L, Filgueira C, Alvarado R, Susser ES, Yang LH (2023).
Stigma toward psychosis in urban Chile: Engaging “what matters most” to resist stigma through recovery-oriented services
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 46 (1), 65-73. doi: 10.1037/prj0000546.

Amsalem D, Jankowski SE, Pagdon S, Valeri L, Yang LH, Markowitz JC, Neria Y, Pescosolido BA, Dixon LB, Martin A (2023).
Selfie videos to reduce stigma and increase treatment seeking among youths: Two noninferiority randomized controlled trials
Psychiatric Services, 74 (3), 229-236. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.20220168.

Poku OB, Eschliman EL, Entaile P, Rampa S, Mehta H, Tal D, Silvert L, Li T, Becker TD, Govindasamy D, Stockton MA, Adedimeji A, Adedimeji A, Blank MB, Dangerfield DT, Yang LH, Murray SM (2023).
“It’s better if I die because even in the hospital, there is a stigma, people still gossip”: Gossip as a culturally shaped labeling process and its implications for HIV-related stigma in Botswana
AIDS and Behavior [Epub 2023 Jan 17]. doi: 10.1007/s10461-023-03980-x.

Poku OB, Eschliman EL, Wang RY, Rampa S, Mehta H, Entaile P, Li T, Jackson VW, Ho-Foster A, Blank MB, Yang LH (2022).
Toward meaningful cultural adaptation across implementation stages: Lessons learned from a culturally based HIV stigma intervention in Gaborone, Botswana
Global Health: Science and Practice, 10 (6), e2200232. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-22-00232 .

Poku OB, Becker TD, Rampa S, Misra S, Ho-Foster AR, Entaile P, Tay C, Choe K, Arscott-Mills T, Blank MB, Opondo PR, Yang LH (2022).
Theory-driven, multi-stage process to develop a culturally-informed anti-stigma intervention for pregnant women living with HIV in Botswana
International Journal of Maternal and Child Health and AIDS, 11 (2), e569. doi: 10.21106/ijma.569. PMCID: PMC9617017.

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