Margaret Rosario, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at The City University of New York (CUNY)—The City College and Graduate Center; a faculty member in the doctoral programs of Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology and Clinical Science, and Basic and Applied Social Psychology. She did her postdoctoral training at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, her doctorate at New York University, and her bachelor’s degree at Princeton University.
Syllabus: Health of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals
Syllabus: Sex and Gender
Syllabus: Social Psychology
Syllabus: Psychosocial Determinants of Health Disparities and Diversity
Dr. Rosario’s research focuses on the concepts of identity and stress, as well as the health and other adaptational implications of these concepts. The research has primarily centered on lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth undergoing sexual identity development. The relations between stress and sexual identity development on the one hand to both health and adaptation on the other hand are of critical interest, as are the mediators and moderators of those relations. In addition, Professor Rosario is interested in the determinants of sexual orientation, the intersection of multiple identities, the unfolding of identity over time, and the role of psychosocial experiences in that unfolding. She is the recipient of research grants, as principal- or co-investigator, from the National Institutes of Health and CUNY. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sex Research and member of the editorial boards of Archives of Sexual Behavior and the American Journal of Community Psychology.
Research and Scholarship Group
Dr. Rosario directs the Health and Identity Lab (HAIL).
HAIL concerns a biopsychosocial and disparities research program that focuses on identifying, investigating, and understanding the strengths and vulnerabilities that directly or indirectly inform the individual’s mental and physical health as well as other, important adaptational outcomes. The work is guided by sensitivity to developmental process, individual by environmental transactions, and intersectionality of multiple personal and social identities (e.g., sexual, gender, ethnicity/race). A current project involves understanding the relations among child and adult attachment and the role of each in mental and physical health. The project examines the relations among child maternal and paternal attachment, current or adult attachment to each parent, and romantic attachment. It investigates the relations of each attachment to markers of mental and physical health among an adult sample. The diverse, national sample allows for an examination of disparities in attachment and health by age, gender, sexual identity, and intersectionality of identities.
Selected Publications, Presentations, and Awards
Cherkasskaya, E., & Rosario, M. (2017). A model of female sexual desire: Internalized working models of parent-child relationships and sexual body self-representations. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0899-8. (PMID: 28120148. PMCID not currently available.)
Katz-Wise, S.L., Rosario, M., Calzo, J.P., Scherer, E.A., Sarda, V., & Austin, S.B. (2017). Associations of timing of sexual orientation developmental milestones and other sexual minority stressors with internalizing mental health symptoms among sexual minority young adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, 1441-1452. (PMCID:PMC5489360)
Rosario, M. (2015). Implications of childhood experiences for the health and adaptation of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals: Sensitivity to developmental process in future research. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2, 214-224. (PMCID: PMC4756588)
Rosario, M., Corliss, H.L., Everett, B.G., Reisner, S.L., Austin, S.B., Buchting, F.O., & Birkett, M.A. (2014). Sexual-orientation disparities in cancer-related risk behaviors of tobacco, alcohol, sexual risk, and diet and physical activity: Pooled Youth Risk Behavior Surveys. American Journal of Public Health, 104, 245-254. (PMCID: PMC3935697)
Rosario, M., Reisner, S.L., Corliss, H.L., Wypij, D., Frazier, A.L., & Austin, S.B. (2014). Disparities in depressive distress by sexual orientation in emerging adults: The roles of attachment and stress paradigms. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 901-916. (PMCID: PMC4184030)
Rosario, M., & Schrimshaw, E. W. (2014). Theories and etiologies of sexual orientation. In D. L. Tolman & L. M. Diamond (Eds.), APA handbook of sexuality and psychology. Vol. 1. (pp. 555-596). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Roberts, A.L., Rosario, M., Corliss, H.L., Koenen, K.C., & Austin, S.B. (2012). Childhood gender nonconformity: A risk indicator for childhood abuse and posttraumatic stress in youth. Pediatrics, 129, 410-417. (PMCID: PMC3289524)
Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E.W., & Hunter, J. (2011). Different patterns of sexual identity development over time: Implications for the psychological adjustment of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths. Journal of Sex Research, 48, 3-15. (PMCID: PMC2914848)
Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E.W., & Hunter, J. (2009). Disclosure of sexual orientation and subsequent substance use and abuse among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths: Critical role of disclosure reactions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 175-184. (PMCID: PMC2818609)
Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., Hunter, J., & Braun, L. (2006). Sexual identity development among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths: Consistency and change over time. Journal of Sex Research, 43, 46-58. (PMCID: PMC3215279)
Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., & Hunter, J. (2004). Ethnic/racial differences in the coming-out process of gay, lesbian, and bisexual youths: A comparison of sexual identity development over time. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 10, 215-228. (PMID: 15311975)
Rosario, M., Hunter, J., Maguen, S., Gwadz, M., & Smith, R. (2001). The coming-out process and its adaptational and health-related associations among gay, lesbian, and bisexual youths: Stipulation and exploration of a model. American Journal of Community Psychology, 29, 133-160.
Rosario, M. (2017). Identity and stress: Health and adaptational implications for populations with chronic illnesses. Invited presentation to the annual Isabel Maitland Stewart Conference on Research in Nursing, Teacher’s College at Columbia University, New York.
Rosario, M. (2016). A “new look” at LGB research: Beyond just minority stress for health and adaptation. Invited presentation to Program for the Study of LGBT Health, Division of Gender, Sexuality, & Health, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY.
Rosario, M. (2015). Implications of childhood experiences for the health and adaptation of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals: Sensitivity to developmental process in future research. Invited presentation to webinar on “Conceptual issues and research evidence of resilience in LGBT community: The cultural framework for health—new approaches.” NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).
Rosario, M. (2011). Identities: Their arrangement and relations with health. Invited presentation to the Intersectional Working Group, LGBT Population Center, Fenway Institute, Boston, MA.
Rosario, M. (2010). Health disparities by sexual orientation and ethnicity/race: A neglected issue. Invited presentation to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences: Committee on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health issues and research gaps and opportunities, Washington, DC.
Rosario, M. (2010). A theoretical perspective on self-concealment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.
Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E.W., & Hunter, J. (2009). Factors contributing to homelessness among LGB youths: A developmental perspective. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Rosario, M. (2009). Resilience: A neglected area in LGB research. Invited presentation and discussion, the LGBT Youth Institute, Center for Research on Health and Sexual Orientation, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, PA.
Rosario, M. (2007). Gay-related stress and other unique risk factors for LGBT youth suicide. Invited presentation to the Consensus Conference on GLBT suicide: Research, treatment and prevention, Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Chicago, IL.
Awards and Honors (selected)
President-Elect, Division 44, American Psychological Association (8/17).
Fellow, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (since 6/16).
Editorial Board, Archives of Sexual Behavior (since 3/13).
Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions, Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues) of the American Psychological Association (7/12).
Award for Distinguished Contribution to Ethnic Minority Issues, Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues) of the American Psychological Association (8/08).
Fellow, American Psychological Association and of its divisions: Society for Community Research and Action (27) and Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues (44) (since 1/07).
Associate Editor, Journal of Sex Research (since 7/06).
Editorial Board, American Journal of Community Psychology (since 5/98)