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Mark S Friedman, PhD


6134 Parran Hall
R-znvy: zfs66@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-8051

Personal Statement

My primary research interests are promoting the health of LGBT youth, understanding the victimization of these youth, HIV prevention among men who have sex with men, and the translation of evidence based interventions.  My research suggests that early sexual, physical and psychological abuse of gay and bisexual youth, in part, drives disparities in health outcomes that exist between LGBT and heterosexual youth and adults. Related to these interests, I serve as a co-investigator on separate studies to longitudinally identify factors that impact the development of LGBT youth, measure gender equitable attitudes and behaviors, and assess the impact of school-based anti-bullying interventions that include social and emotional learning and the development of gender-equitable attitudes and behavior among middle-school students. Within the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences I direct a joint degree program (MPH/MSW, MPH/PhD in Social Work), and serve on the Doctoral Committee.  Finally, I teach a course on translating evidence-based interventions into real world settings.


1984 / University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA / BA
1987 / University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA / MPA
1987 / University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA / MSW
2002 / University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA / PhD, Social Work 


I currently teach Prevention Science: Translating Knowledge into Practice. This course focuses on the translation of evidence-based public health programs.

Selected Publications

          Friedman, M.S., Silvestre, A.J., Gold, M.A., Markovic, N.,      Savin-Williams, R.C., Huggins, J., & Sell, R. L. (2004). Adolescents define sexual orientation and suggest ways to measure it. Journal of      Adolescence, 27, 303-317. 
           Friedman, M.S., Koeske, G.F., Silvestre, A.J., Korr, W.S., & Sites, E.W. (2006). The impact of
gender-role nonconforming behavior, bullying and social support on suicidality among gay male youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 38(5), 621-623.
          Friedman, M.S., Marshal, M.P., Wright, E.R., Cheong, J., & Stall, R. (2009). Gay-related development, early abuse, and adult health outcomes among gay males. AIDS & Behavior, 12(6), 891-902.  
          Friedman, M.S., Marshal,  M.P., Stall, R., Kidder, D.P., Henny, K.D., Courtenay-Quirk, C., Wolitski, R.J., Aidala, A., Royal, S., & Holtgrave, D.R. (2009). Associations between substance use, sexual risk taking and HIV treatment adherence among homeless people living with HIV. AIDS Care, 21(6), 692-700. 
          Friedman, M.S., Marshal, M.P., Guadamuz, T. E., Wei, C., Wong, C., Saewyc, E., & Stall, R.     (2011).  A meta-analysis to examine disparities in childhood physical and sexual abuse among sexual and non-sexual minorities. American Journal of Public Health, 101(8), 1481-1494.

Mark S Friedman
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