Robert W.S. Coulter, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

My mission is to eliminate substance use and violence inequities for sexual and gender minority youth (SGMY; e.g., adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer [LGBTQ+]). To accomplish this mission, my research focuses on: (1) examining the complex social mechanisms producing SGMY health inequities; and (2) designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions aimed at reducing violence and substance use inequities for SGMY. My studies use multiple methodologies, including quantitative, qualitative, human-centered design, systems science, and stakeholder-engaged research. My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Addiction, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, andPrevention Science, and these results were subsequently highlighted in various media outlets, including Huffington Post, NPR, and Reuters.