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Ryan Wade defines link between strong ethnic identity and mental health effects

WGGP Faculty Affiliate Ryan Wade was a leading researcher in a study that found that "individuals’ emotional investment in their ethnicity can be a double-edged sword, buffering them from racism in some circumstances while exacerbating its harmful effects in others." The study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Read the full article here

Professor Wade’s work includes a broad focus on social determinants of health, structural and community-level racism, the racial patterning of sexual/social networks within LGBTQ communities, and health disparities among gay/bisexual men. He is particularly interested in identifying social and structural factors that contribute to poor mental and sexual health outcomes among young gay/bisexual men of color. Professor Wade grounds much of his research in minority stress theory, intersectionality, and ecological systems theory. View his profile here