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 individuals 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 has published over 100 articles. She has an h-index of 47, according to Scopus.
Research and Scholarship Group
Dr. Rosario directs the Health and Identity Lab (HAIL).
HAIL focuses on biopsychosocial and disparities research that seeks to understand 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 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 among a national sample of sexual minority and heterosexual adults.
Awards and Grants
Dr. Rosario 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 Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health, and a member of the editorial boards of Archives of Sexual Behavior and the American Journal of Community Psychology. She is past president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 44, the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. This Society has bestowed upon her the awards for Distinguished Scientific Contributions and Distinguished Contributions to Ethnic Minority Issues. She is the recipient of research grants, as principal- or co-investigator, from the National Institutes of Health and CUNY.
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
American Psychological Association.
American Public Health Association.
Association for Psychological Science.
International Academy of Sex Research.
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Society for Research on Adolescence.
Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
Society of Behavioral Medicine.
Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals
Psychosocial Determinants of Health Disparities and Diversity
Sex and Gender
Rosario, M., Goodenow, C., Ybarra, M., Saewyc, E., & Prescott, T. (2020). Reasons lesbian and bisexual adolescent girls have or might have sex with females or males: Implications for discordance between sexual identity and behaviors and for prevention of pregnancy and STIs. Journal of Sex Research, 57(8), 966-978. (PMID: 32425068; PMCID not currently available.)
Rosario, M. (2019). Sexual orientation development of heterosexual, bisexual, lesbian, and gay individuals: Questions and hypotheses based on Kaestle’s (2019) research. Journal of Sex Research, 56(7), 827-831. (PMID:31030569. 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., Calzo, J., & Austin, S.B. (2014). Sexual orientation disparities in substance use in emerging adults: A function of stress and attachment paradigms. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28(3), 790-804. (PMCID: PMC4203310)
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. (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. (2019). How health professional associations advance LGBTQ health equity. Invited presenter to plenary session of the annual convention of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), New Orleans, LA.
Rosario, M. (2019). Conversion therapy: What is known. Invited keynote address to the 2019 LGBTQ Healthcare Update Conference, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.
Rosario, M. (2018). Data are essential for federal policy. Invited discussant to two Congressional sessions of the United States House of Representatives on “Rolling back progress: How shifts in federal policy are hurting lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender Americans.” Washington, DC, May 17, 2018.
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.
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