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PhD, CUNY Graduate Center

MPH, Hunter College, CUNY

Department of Psychology

Hunter College

695 Park Avenue Room N611

New York, NY 10065


Current Research Interests

My research is broadly focused on the impact of social stress on health, and I am currently pursuing research looking at how HIV-related stressors influences the mental, behavioral, and physical health of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. This work is informed by the minority stress model and seeks to integrate HIV-related and sexual minority stressors into a unified model of health for this population. Much of my research uses online and mobile technologies, particularly intensive longitudinal designs such as ecological momentary assessment (EMA), and my long-term goal is to develop and test mobile health (i.e., mHealth) interventions aimed at reducing the impact of social stress on health. I am also interested in the role of emotions as mediators and moderators of the stress-health association, with a particular emphasis on how emotional processing and its interaction with cognitive processing might help to explain why and for whom there is a strong tie between social stress and health. In addition to this primary line of research, I am also actively involved in several others lines of research, including: (1) developing event-level models of sexual decision making that integrate both cognitive and affective processes; (2) predictors, consequences, and patterns of substance use and abuse; and (3) HIV prevention, particularly pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and modeling trends over time in PrEP acceptability, uptake, and suspension. I maintain a particularly heavy emphasis on research methods and statistics, and regularly utilize methods such as multilevel modeling (MLM), factor analysis, structural equation modeling (SEM), psychometric analysis, and latent class analysis (LCA).


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Student Opportunities

Undergraduate and master’s students interested in gaining research experience and/or developing a topic for a thesis should visit the CHEST internship website ( where there is more information about the opportunities at CHEST (including registering with me for Psych 201, 395, and 396/398). Those interested in pursuing a PhD in Psychology at The CUNY Graduate Center and existing CUNY doctoral students interested in pursuing research experiences or having me serve as a member on exam/dissertation committees should contact me directly by email.

Selected Publications (For a full and up-to-date list, please see my Google Scholar and NCBI profiles)                   

Rendina, H. J., Gamarel, K. E., Pachankis, J. E., Ventuneac, A., Grov, C., & Parsons, J. T. (2016). Extending the minority stress model to incorporate HIV-positive gay and bisexual men’s experiences:  A longitudinal examination of mental health and sexual risk behavior. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12160-016-9822-8. PubMed PMID: 27502073.

Wang, K., Rendina, H. J., & Pachankis, J. E. (2016). Looking on the bright side of stigma: How stress-related growth facilitates adaptive coping among sexual minorities. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/19359705.2016.1175396.

Eldahan, A. I., Pachankis, J. E., Rendina, H. J., Ventuneac, A., Grov, C., & Parsons, J. T. (2016). Daily minority stress and affect among gay and bisexual men: A 30-day diary study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 190, 828-835. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2015.10.066. PubMed PMID: 26625095. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4684999.

Rendina, H. J., Ventuneac, A., Mustanski, B., Grov, C., & Parsons, J. T. (2016). Prospective measurement of daily health behaviors: Modeling temporal patterns in missing data, sexual behavior, and substance use in an online daily diary study of gay and bisexual men. AIDS and Behavior, 20, 1730-43. doi: 10.1007/s10461-016-1359-0. PubMed PMID: 26992392; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4945494.

Rendina, H. J. (2015). When parsimony is not enough: Considering dual processes and dual levels of influence in sexual decision making. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 1937-47. doi:10.1007/s10508-015-0569-2. PubMed PMID: 26168978. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4560994.

Rendina, H. J., Moody, R., Grov, C., Ventuneac, A., & Parsons, J. T. (2015). Aggregate and event-level associations between substance use and sexual behavior among gay and bisexual men: Comparing retrospective and prospective data. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 154, 199-207. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.06.045. PubMed PMID: 26190557. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4536153.

Pachankis, J. E., Rendina, H. J., Restar, A., Ventuneac, A., Grov, C., & Parsons, J. T. (2015). A minority stress-emotion regulation model of sexual compulsivity among highly sexually active gay and bisexual men. Health Psychology, 34, 829-40. doi:10.1037/hea0000180. PubMed PMID: 25528179. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4476950.

Parsons, J. T., Rendina, H. J., Grov, C., Ventuneac, A., & Mustanski, B. (2015). Accuracy in predicting daily anal sex and its relevance for event-based pre-exposure prophylaxis: A diary study of highly sexually active gay and bisexual men. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 68, 449-55. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000507. PubMed PMID: 2555959; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCID: PMC4334732

Starks, T. J., Rendina, H. J., Breslow, A. S., Parsons, J. T., & Golub, S. A. (2013). The psychological cost of anticipating HIV stigma for HIV-negative gay and bisexual men. AIDS and Behavior, 17, 2732-2741. doi:10.1007/s10461-013-0425-0. PubMed PMID: 23420102.

Rendina, H. J., Golub, S. A., Grov, C., Parsons, J. T. (2012). Stigma and sexual compulsivity in a community-based sample of HIV-Positive Gay and Bisexual men. AIDS and Behavior, 16, 741-750. doi: 10.1007/s10461-011-0048-2. PubMed PMID: 21964977.