Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medical Social Sciences

IMPACT LGBT Health & Development

Brian Mustanski, Director

The IMPACT program has a mission to conduct translational research that improves the health of the LGBT community and to increase understanding of the development of sexual orientation and gender identity.

With a vision of moving basic scientific findings into applications, our research spans the translational spectrum, including epidemiological studies of HIV prevalence and substance use, mixed-methods research to create novel interventions, large-scale and multisite randomized clinical trials of interventions, and implementation science studies focused on optimizing the delivery of HIV prevention and healthcare in practice settings.

We also seek to train the next generation of scholars that will lead research in this area. We co-organized with multiple departments and community organizations the nation’s first LGBT health psychology internship track

We also have recently established the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, aUniversity-wide Institute that connects scholars from numerous disciplines with the sexual and gender minority (SGM) community to forge collaborations and stimulate new research.


Michelle Birkett, Francesca Gaiba, George Greene, Mary Gerend, Kathryn Macapagal, Michael Newcomb, and Gregory Phillips

Brian Mustanski

Brian Mustanski