David Huebner

David Huebner

David Huebner


School: Milken Institute School of Public Health

Department: Prevention and Community Health


950 New Hampshire Avenue, Office: 311 Washington DC 20052


Behavioral Health


Mental Health


Social Determinants of Health

Duke University, Psychology & German, BA, Summa Cum Laude, 1995

Arizona State University, Clinical Psychology, MA, 1998

Arizona State University, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2002

University of Washington, School of Medicine, APA Accredited Clinical Internship, 2001 – 2002

University of California, Berkeley, Epidemiology & Public Health, MPH, 2003

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2002 – 2004

My passion for the fields of psychology and public health grows from the potential for scholarly inquiry in these areas to contribute to social justice, most notably by improving the health of minority and marginalized communities. Thus, a core component of my program of research focuses on understanding how physical and mental health are impacted by stresses unique to historically disenfranchised groups (e.g., discrimination). In addition, my research examines health risk behaviors for preventable diseases that disproportionately impact minority communities (e.g., HIV). Much of my work involves collaboration with health-related community organizations and government entities. Therefore, in conducting research, my goal is not only to make theoretical contributions that advance our understanding of health disparities and health behaviors, but also to answer applied questions that are of immediate value to the organizations with which I collaborate.

My recent projects include two trials of a community-level intervention for young African American gay and bisexual men. Our intervention aims to prevent HIV infection and improve health among those who are infected.  I am also working to develop and test interventions for parents of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth to improve parents' responses to their children's sexual orientation and thereby facilitate child health (www.leadwithlovefilm.com).  Finally, my team has recently completed a laboratory-based study in which we have been examining the effects of anti-gay discrimination on LGB adults' cognitive function and cardiovascular reactivity.

Selected publications  (View complete vita updated 3.2.18)

Huebner, D. M., & Perry, N. (2015). Do behavioral scientists really understand HIV-related sexual risk behavior? A systematic review of longitudinal and experimental studies. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 1915-1936.

Huebner, D. M., Thoma, B. C., & Neilands, T. B. (2015). Anti-gay victimization in school and substance abuse among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescents. Prevention Science, 16, 734-43.

Huebner, D. M., Kegeles, S. M., Rebchook, G. M., Neilands, T. B., Johnson, W. D., & Eke, A. N. (2014). Social oppression, psychological vulnerability, and unprotected intercourse among young black men who have sex with men. Health Psychology, 33, 1568-1578

McGarrity, L. A., & Huebner, D. M. (2014). Is being out about sexual orientation universally healthy? The moderating role of socioeconomic status in a prospective study of gay and bisexual men. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 47, 28-38.

Huebner, D. M., Rullo, J. E., Thoma, B. C., McGarrity, L., Mackenzie, J. (2013). Piloting Lead with Love: A film-based campaign to improve parents’ responses to their lesbian, gay, and bisexual children. Journal of Primary Prevention, 34, 359-369.

Thoma, B. C., & Huebner, D. M. (2013). Health consequences of racist and anti-gay discrimination for multiple minority adolescents. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19, 404-413.

Diamond, L. M., & Huebner, D. M. (2012). Is good sex good for you? Rethinking sexuality and health. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6, 54-69.

Huebner, D. M., Mandic, C. G., Mackaronis, J. E., Boeugher, S. C., & Hoff, C. C. (2012). The impact of parenting on gay male couples’ relationships, sexuality, and HIV risk. Journal of Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 1, 106-119.

Huebner, D. M., Neilands, T., Rebchook, G. M., & Kegeles, S. M. (2011). Sorting through chickens and eggs:  A longitudinal examination of the associations between attitudes, norms, and sexual risk behavior. Health Psychology, 30, 110-118.

Huebner, D. M., Binson, D., Dillworth, S., Neilands, T., & Grinstead, O., Woods, W. J. (2010). Rapid vs. standard HIV testing in a bathhouse setting: What is gained and lost? AIDS and Behavior, 14, 549-57.

Ryan, C., Huebner, D. M., Diaz, R. M., & Sanchez, J. (2009). Family rejection as a predictor of negative health outcomes in White and Latino LGB young adults. Pediatrics, 123, 346-352.

Huebner, D. M., & Davis, M. C. (2007). Perceived anti-gay discrimination and physical health outcomes. Health Psychology, 26, 627-634.

Huebner, D. M., Binson, D., Woods, W. J., Dillworth, S., Neilands, T., & Grinstead, O. (2006). Bathhouse-based voluntary counseling and testing is feasible and shows preliminary evidence of effectiveness. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 43, 239-246.

Huebner, D. M., & Davis, M. C. (2005). Gay and bisexual men who disclose their sexual orientations in the workplace have higher workday levels of salivary cortisol and negative affect. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 30, 260-267.

Huebner, D. M., Nemeroff, C. J., & Davis, M. C. (2005). Do hostility and neuroticism confound associations between perceived discrimination and depressive symptoms?  Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 24, 723-740.

Huebner, D. M., Rebchook, G. M., & Kegeles, S. M. (2004). A longitudinal study of the association between treatment optimism and sexual risk behavior in young adult gay and bisexual men. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 37, 1514-1519.

Huebner, D. M., Rebchook, G. M., & Kegeles, S. M. (2004). Experiences of harassment, discrimination, and physical violence among young gay and bisexual men. American Journal of Public Health, 94, 1200-1203.