Lawrence Yang
Lawrence H. Yang, PhD
NYU School of Global Public Health - Professor and 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
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
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.
Principal Investigator, RCT to Reduce Stigma and Improve Treatment Adherence in HIV+ Women in Botswana. Completed


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, 27 (8), 2535-2547. doi: 10.1007/s10461-023-03980-x. PMCID: PMC10350478.

Navario PS, Upadhaya N, Hall BJ, Yang LH (2023).
Editorial: Global mental health among marginalized communities in pandemic emergencies
Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 1249575. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1249575. PMCID: PMC10402728.

Jones N, Mascayano F, Susser E, Yang LH (2023).
Forecasting the future: Lived experience and the transformation of mental health services research in the United States
Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 26 (2), 77-83. Publisher's website.

Des Jarlais DC, Lieff S, Grivel M, Meltzer G, Choi J, Weng CA, Feelemyer JP, Chang VW, Yang L (2023).
COVID-19 stigmatization after the development of effective vaccines: Vaccination behavior, attitudes, and news sources
PLoS One, 18 (4), e0283467. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0283467. PMCID: PMC10138268.

Choe K, Zinn E, Lu K, Hoang D, Yang LH (2023).
Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on chronic pain and opioid use in marginalized populations: A scoping review
Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 1046683. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1046683. PMCID: PMC10150088.

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