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Jonathon Rendina

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


I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hunter College and Director of the Applied Intersectionaity & Minority Stress (AIMS) Lab; I am also on the doctoral faculty of the Health Psychology and Clinical Science (HPCS; PhD Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. I received my MPH in Biostatistics and my PhD in Social Psychology. My research primarily consists of NIH grant-funded studies focused on understanding the role of social stress in health from a biopsychosocial perspective, both within New York City and throughout the U.S. In particular, my lab's work focuses on the role of intersectional sexual minority stress in driving health disparities for sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations and the impact of stigma on the health of people living with HIV. My work relies heavily on technology-based methodologies and integrates a range of psychological, social, behavioral, neurocognitive, and biological measurements. More information about his work can also be found at

For up-to-date information about my publications, please visit my Google Scholar page:

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Please note that HPCS is the only PhD program in which I take students and our website will indicate each fall whether I am accepting students for the upcoming admissions cylce (


For more information about my work, please visit

Student Opportunities

Undergraduate and master’s students interested in gaining research experience and/or developing a topic for a thesis should visit the PRIDE internship website ( where there is more information about the opportunities at PRIDE (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.