Faculty Profiles

Arnold H. Grossman

Professor

Grossman's study on the mental health of gay youth was the first of its kind funded by the national government. The study addresses the victimization of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth between 15 and 21 years of age.

In 1984 students began approaching Arnold Grossman about the burgeoning HIV/AIDS crisis. "They were receiving misinformation about health issues," Grossman explains, "and suggested I develop some courses that would address the crisis, gay people, and sexual orientation. I called the experts I knew - including my NYU colleague Damien Martin - and I eventually began to teach such courses. The research that I am involved in today traces its beginnings to that point."

It has been the distinguishing characteristic of Grossman's career that whenever there has been an information void for the gay and lesbian community, he has sought to fill it. He began a project, "Challenges and Coping: The Q & A Project," when the National Institute of Mental Health recognized the need for a long-term study of the mental health of gay youth. The five-year project was a collaboration between Grossman and Anthony D'Augelli, a researcher at Penn State University.

It was the first study of its kind funded by the national government. The study addresses the victimization of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth between 15 and 21 years of age. The project involved 528 adolescents participating at three research sites. Grossman's hope for the research was to lead to prevention strategies that help those who are most vulnerable as a result of victimization.

Currently, Grossman is the Principal Investigator of four research projects. "Transgender Youth: A Vulnerable Population" is funded by the NYU Research Challenge Fund; "Caregiving Among Middle-Aged and Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults"; "Assessing Risk and Protective Factors of Suicide among Sexual Minority Youth" is funded by the NYU Steinhardt Research Challenge Fund; and "Using Assessments & Program Assignments to Reduce Sexual Minority Stress & Enhance Psychological Well-Being among LGBT Youth."

In many of his projects, NYU students work as project aides, assisting the research team. The researchers then mentor the students in the areas of research design and methodology, as well as data collection and verification. Students also learn first hand about the diversity of experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth as they grow up in a society that does not accept their sexual orientation.

"The students are stimulating to me," Grossman attests, "because they make me think of things I may have left out of the research, as well as prompt me to add things I hadn't considered. As a result, they learn a lot - and so do I."

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