Jeremy Goldbach

Associate Professor and Director of the Center for LGBTQ+ Health Equity

Dr. Goldbach focuses on the relationship between social stigma, stress, and health among minority populations.

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Jeremy Goldbach
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Rank:  Tenure Track Faculty
Department:  Children, Youth and Families
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Jeremy Goldbach

Associate Professor and Director of the Center for LGBTQ+ Health Equity

Dr. Goldbach focuses on the relationship between social stigma, stress, and health among minority populations.

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Jeremy Goldbach is Director of the Center for LGBTQ+ Health Equity and joined the faculty in 2012 after completing both his master's and doctoral degrees in social work at The University of Texas at Austin. His work at UT-Austin was funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, specializing in prevention science.
His research is primarily focused on measuring, understanding and intervening experiences of minority stress and discrimination among LGBTQ+ children and adolescents. His work in the area has been funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD; 1R01MD012252; R21MD013971;1R21MD015945) the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD; 1R21HD082813), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA; 2U01DA036926) the Department of Defense (DOD; W81XWH-15-1-0699) and through foundations. His practice background includes both clinical and community organizing.
Before returning for his doctoral education, Goldbach oversaw a large community-organizing project in Texas that funded 32 community coalitions to reduce substance misuse through environmental, policy-based strategy.
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The University of Texas at Austin

PhD 2012

The University of Texas at Austin

MSSW 2008

University of Rochester

BA 2004

Area of Expertise

  • Psychometrics
  • Health
  • Stress
  • Minority Health
  • Social Work
  • Social Work Education
  • Lgbt Issues
  • Stigma
  • Substance Abuse

Industry Experience

  • Social Services
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education/Learning
  • Research

Research Interest

  • Diversity/Cross Cultural
  • Substance Abuse


  • National Association of Social Workers - Member
  • Society for Social Work and Research - Member
  • Society for Prevention Research - Member
  • National Hispanic Science Network - Member
  • Certified Prevention Specialist (Texas), License #699 - Certification
  • Master of Social Work (Texas), License #52762


USC Graduate Student Mentoring Award
Sterling C. Franklin Distinguished Faculty Award
Rainbow Alliance Social Work Caucus Faculty Recognition Award
Journal of Social Work Practice and the Addictions Excellence in Dissertation Research (Honorable Mention)
University of Texas at Austin Graduate Fellowship

Articles & Publications

Military sexual assault as a mediator of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression among lesbian, gay, and bisexual veterans | Journal of Traumatic Stress

*Lucas, C. L., Goldbach, J. T., Kintzle, S., & Castro, C. A.
Accepted *Denotes student


Homelessness, Mental Health and Suicidality among LGBTQ Youth accessing Crisis Services | Child Psychiatry & Human Development

Rhoades, H., Rusow, J.A., Bond, D., Lanteigne, A., Fulginiti, A., Goldbach, J.T.
In press


Understanding the profiles of bullies and bullying victims by sexual orientation | Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Goldbach, J. T., Raymond, H. F., & *Burgess, C. M.
1-19. doi: 10.1177/0886260517741623 2017 *Denotes student


Polyvictimization prevalence rates for sexual and gender minority adolescents: Breaking down the silos of victimization research | Psychology of Violence

Sterzing, P. R., *Gartner, R. E., Goldbach, J. T., McGeough, B. L., Ratliff, G. A., & Johnson, K. C.
Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/vio0000123 2017 *Denotes student


Challenging conventions of bullying thresholds: exploring differences between low and high levels of bully-only, victim-only, and bully-victim roles | Journal of youth and adolescence

Goldbach, J. T., Sterzing, P. R., & Stuart, M. J.
1-15. doi: 10.1007/s10964-017-0775-4 2017


Criterion and Divergent Validity of the Sexual Minority Adolescent Stress Inventory (SMASI) | Frontiers in Psychology

Goldbach, J. T., Schrager, S. M., & Mamey, M. R.
8, 2057. 2017


Pathways to Male Transactional Sex in Mumbai, India | Journal of Homosexuality

Srivastava, A., & Goldbach, J.T.
doi:10.1080/00918369.2017.1398018 2017


A developmentally informed adaptation of minority stress for sexual minority adolescents | Journal of Adolescence

Goldbach, J. T., & *Gibbs, J. J.
55, 36-50 2017 *Denotes student


Bullying victimization trajectories for sexual minority youth: Stable victims, desisters, and late-onset victims | Journal of Research on Adolescence

Sterzing, P. R., *Gibbs, J., *Gartner, R. E., & Goldbach, J. T.
doi:10.1111/jora.12336 2017 *Denotes student


General and ethnic biased bullying among Latino students: Exploring risks of depression, suicidal ideation and substance use | Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

Berger Cardoso, J., *Sklyk, H., Goldbach, J. T., Swank, P., & Zvolensky, M.
Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10903-017-0593-5 2017 *Denotes student


Sexual orientation, minority stress, social norms, and substance use among racially diverse adolescents | Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Mereish, E. H., Goldbach, J. T., *Burgess, C., & DiBello, A.
178, 49–56 2017 *Denotes student


Sexual orientation disparities in the use of emerging drugs | Substance Use & Misuse

Goldbach, J. T., Mereish, E., & *Burgess, C.
52, 265–271 2016 *Denotes student


Addressing gaps on risk and resilience factors for alcohol use outcomes in sexual and gender minority populations | Drug and Alcohol Review

Talley, A., Gilbert, P., Mitchell, J., Goldbach, J. T., Marshall, B., & Kaysen, D.
35, 484–493. doi:10.1111/dar.12387 2016


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service members: Life after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell | Current Psychiatry Reports

Goldbach, J. T., & Castro, C.
18, 56. doi:10.1007/s11920-016-0695-0 2016


Stress and multiple substance use behaviors among Hispanic adolescents | Prevention Science

Berger Cardoso, J., Goldbach, J. T., Cervantes, R. C., & Swank, P.
17, 208–217. doi:10.1007/s11121-015-0603-6 2016


The relation between stress and alcohol use among Hispanic adolescents | Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

Goldbach, J. T., Berger Cardoso, J., Cervantes, R. C., & Duan, L.
29, 960–968. doi:10.1037/adb0000133 2015


Strategies employed by sexual minority adolescents to cope with minority stress | Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Goldbach, J. T., & *Gibbs, J.
2, 297–306 2015 *Denotes student


The application of minority stress theory to marijuana use in sexual minority adolescents | Substance Use & Misuse

Goldbach, J. T., Schrager, S., *Dunlap, S., & Holloway, I.
50, 366–375. doi:10.3109/10826084.2014.980958 2015 *Denotes student


Traumatic experiences and drug use by LGB adolescents: A critical review of minority stress | Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions

Goldbach, J. T., Fisher, B., & *Dunlap, S.
15, 90–113 2015 *Denotes student


Access to mental health and substance abuse services by people living with HIV/AIDS: The case manager perspective | Health and Social Work

Orellana, E., Goldbach, J., Rountree, M., & *Bagwell, M.
40(2), e10–e14. doi:10.1093/hsw/hlv023 2015 *Denotes student


Cyberbullying perpetration and victimization among middle-school students | American Journal of Public Health

Rice, E., *Petering, R., Winetrobe, H., Rhoades, H., Goldbach, J. T., Plant, A., … Kordic, T.
105(3), e66–e72. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302393 2015 *Denotes student


Religious conflict, sexual identity, and suicidal behaviors among sexual minority youth | Archives of Suicide Research

*Gibbs, J., & Goldbach, J. T.
19, 472–488. doi:10.1080/13811118.2015.1004476 2015 *Denotes student


Examining differences in culturally based stress among clinical and non-clinical Hispanic adolescents | Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Cervantes, R., Berger Cardoso, J., & Goldbach, J. T.
21, 458–467. doi:10.1037/a0037879 2015


Research Grants

A Longitudinal Investigation of Minority Stress in a Diverse National Sample of Sexual Minority Adolescents
National Institute on Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD; 1R01MD012252) $2,399,998

Principal Investigator (Co-PI: Schrager). 2017-2022

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Feasibility of a multi-level school intervention for LGBTQ youth
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD; 1R21MD013971) $275,000

Principal. Investigator

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Leadership Education in Adolescent Health
Health Resources and Services Administration $2,189,705

Core Faculty 2017–2022

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Talk 2UR Brain
Department of Defense $502,201

Principal Investigator (U.S. Site PI; Tel Aviv PI: Hendler) 2017–2019

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Testing the feasibility for Longitudinal Data Collection in a Diverse National Sample of Sexual and Gender Minoirty Adolescents
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work $34,600

Principal Investigator 2017-2018

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Substance Use and Technology: Testing an Innovative Method for YMSM Recruitment
National Institute on Drug Abuse (5R36DA041542) $107,387

Faculty Advisor (PI: Gibbs) 2015–2018

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Improving Integration, Acceptance and Health among LGBT Service Members
Department of Defense $1,894,846

Principal Investigator (Co-PIs: Castro, Holloway) 2015–2018

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Research Methods (SOWK 762)

Doctoral, University of Southern California

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Mental Health Evaluation (SOWK 625)

Master’s, University of Southern California

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Social Policy in the Health Care Sector (SOWK 636)

Master’s, University of Southern California

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Program Planning & Evaluation (SOWK 632)

Master’s, University of Southern California

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Research Methods (SOWK 562)

Master’s, University of Southern California

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Jane G. Clark, Director of Member Engagement

Jeremy is one of those rare people who have visionary skills. Professionally, this translates into an ability to create new opportunities for projects and agencies. He is able to see multiple possibilities, then chart a course of action to take the ideas into reality -- definitely the type of skill set that is useful in many ventures. In addition, his natural networking skills put people at ease in any working environment.