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H. Jonathon Rendina
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center; M.P.H., CUNY School of Public Health
Training Area: Health Psychology and Clinical Science
Research Interests: Social stress and health; HIV; LGBT health disparities; minority stress; quantitative methods; statistics
My research is broadly focused on the impact of social stress on health, and I am currently pursuing research looking at how HIV-related stressors influences the mental, behavioral, and physical health of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. This work is informed by the minority stress model and seeks to integrate HIV-related and sexual minority stressors into a unified model of health for this population. Much of my research uses online and mobile technologies, particularly intensive longitudinal designs such as ecological momentary assessment (EMA), and my long-term goal is to develop and test mobile health (i.e., mHealth) interventions aimed at reducing the impact of social stress on health. I am also interested in the role of emotions as mediators and moderators of the stress-health association, with a particular emphasis on how emotional processing and its interaction with cognitive processing might help to explain why and for whom there is a strong tie between social stress and health. In addition to this primary line of research, I am also actively involved in several others lines of research, including: (1) developing event-level models of sexual decision making that integrate both cognitive and affective processes; (2) predictors, consequences, and patterns of substance use and abuse; and (3) HIV prevention, particularly pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and modeling trends over time in PrEP acceptability, uptake, and suspension. I maintain a particularly heavy emphasis on research methods and statistics, and regularly utilize methods such as multilevel modeling (MLM), factor analysis, structural equation modeling (SEM), psychometric analysis, and latent class analysis (LCA).

Publications: Please see my full and up-to-date publication lists via my profiles on Google Scholar, NCBI, and ResearchGate