BiographyMatthew D. Skinta, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical health psychologist and an assistant professor in the department of psychology at Roosevelt University. He completed his PhD in clinical psychology at Kent State University, and a post-doctoral fellowship in HIV Behavioral Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In past positions, he has conducted research at the UCSF Alliance Health Project, directed Palo Alto University’s Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, and maintained a private practice in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco. Dr. Skinta has served on the American Psychological Association’s ad hoc Committee on Psychology & AIDS, which he chaired for two years, and is currently completing a term on the APA Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. He is a peer-reviewed ACT trainer, a certified Functional Analytic Psychotherapy trainer, and a certified teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training. He conducts research on the interpersonal costs of minority stress upon sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, as well as therapeutic approaches that promote vulnerability, acceptance, and self-compassion.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Skinta is particularly interested in the role that isolation and interpersonal barriers to vulnerability play in the lives of sexual and gender minority individuals, and how these effects of minority stress might be mitigated through both social change and effective psychotherapy.
Published: Aug 25, 2020 by Culture, Health, & Sexuality
Authors: Matthew D. Skinta, Benjamin D. Brandrett, & Erin Margolis
Subjects: Gender & Sexuality, Health Psychology
This study explores the shifting experiences of stigma among 20 and 30-something year-old gay men living with HIV in San Francisco, one of the first cities to broadly adopt pre-exposure prophylaxis.