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John Blosnich

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

Focuses on sexual orientation- and gender identity-related disparities in violence, suicide prevention and social determinants of health.

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John Blosnich

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

Focuses on sexual orientation- and gender identity-related disparities in violence, suicide prevention and social determinants of health.

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Biography

John R. Blosnich is an assistant professor and director of the Center for LGBTQ+ Health Equity at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. His primary area of expertise is disparities in suicide risk and prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, with a specific emphasis on social determinants of health. He has conducted numerous studies to capitalize on secondary analyses of existing survey data, helping to fill gaps in knowledge about LGBT health. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Dr. Blosnich spent nine years working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); first with the VISN2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention in Canandaigua, NY and more recently with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion in Pittsburgh, PA. At the VA, he led foundational research about transgender veterans’ health and health care utilization, with a specific focus in suicide risk, mortality, and social determinants of health. He garnered the VA’s first research award focused on transgender veterans, and served on several national VA committees charged with developing guidance and clinical education and training about LGBT veterans receiving health care through the VA. In addition to VA-supported research, he has conducted LGBT-focused research supported by competitive awards from foundations and the National Institutes of Health. Over the last five years, he has worked on efforts to improve LGBT health equity research in the US by addressing the lack of sexual orientation and gender identity data in mortality surveillance.

Education

West Virginia University

PhD 2011

West Virginia University

MPH 2007

West Virginia University

BA 2001

Area of Expertise

  • Survey Design and Data Analysis
  • Health Services Research
  • Suicide
  • LGBTQ
  • Social Determinants of Health

Industry Experience

  • Research

Affiliations

  • Member, American Public Health Association

Accomplishments

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs I CARE Award for Outstanding LGBT Veteran Service 2018

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs I CARE Award for Outstanding LGBT Veteran Service 2018

Federal Executive Board Silver Award for Outstanding Contribution to Science (Medical) 2017

Federal Executive Board Silver Award for Outstanding Contribution to Science (Medical) 2017

Articles & Publications

Blosnich, J.R. (2022). Interpersonal and self-directed violence among sexual and gender minority populations: Moving research from prevalence to prevention. Current Epidemiology Reports, 9, 142-160. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40471-022-00299-4

Blosnich, J.R., Butcher, B., Mortali, M., Lane, A., Haas, A.P. (2022). Training death investigators to identify decedents’ sexual orientation and gender identity: A feasibility study. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 43(1), 40-45.

Blosnich, J.R., Cassese, E.C., Friedman, M.R., Coulter, R.W.S., Sang, J.M., Matthews, D.D., Mair, C. (2019). Religious freedom restoration acts and sexual minority population health. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Haas, A.P., Land, A.D., Blosnich, J.R., Butcher, B.A., Mortali, M.G. (2019). Collecting sexual orientation and gender identity information at death. American Journal of Public Health.

Research Grants

Shifting suicide prevention paradigms: Looking beyond clinical setting, Principal Investigator (2021-2026)

National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Health Office of Director, National Institute of Mental Health

Improving mortality data through postmortem measurement of sexual orientation and gender identity, Principal Investigator (2020-2022)

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health

Adolescence to adulthood: Factors influencing trajectories of suicide ideation and attempt among sexual minorities, Principal Investigator (2020-2021) 

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health

Can services to address veterans social determinants of health reduce their suicide risk?, Co-Investigator (PIs: Montgomery & True, 2020 - 2023) 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Health Services Research & Development Service 

Understanding suicide risks among LGBT veterans in VA care, Co-Investigator (PI: Goulet, 2019-2021)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Health Services Research & Development Service 

Health outcomes and health care use among transgender veterans, Principal Investigator (2016-2020)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Health Services Research & Development Service