Margaret Rosario

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation


Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Women's Studies


North Academic Center





Professor Rosario

Margaret Rosario

Biography & Education

Degree/Date: B.A. 1975 Institution: Princeton University Specialization: Psychology

Degree/Date: M.A. 1983 Institution: New York University Specialization: Psychology

Degree/Date: Ph.D. 1985 Institution: New York University Specialization: Psychology

Postdoctoral Training: 1991 Institution: Columbia University Specialization: Psychiatry in HIV/AIDS

Research Interests

Psychosocial processes that influence health and adaptational functioning of populations at extreme risk for poor health. Identifying factors that influence poor health and intervene between the hypothesized causes and effects.


Rosario, M., &Schrimshaw, E. W. (2014). Theories and etiologies of sexual orientation. In D. L. Tolman &L. M. Diamond (Eds.), APA handbook of sexuality and psychology. Vol. 1.(pp. 556-559). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Ott, M.Q., Corliss, H.L., Wypij, D., Rosario, M., &Austin, S.B. (2011). Stability and change in self-reported sexual orientation identity in young people: Application of mobility metrics. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 519-532. (PMCID: PMC3081371)

Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E.W., &Hunter, J. (2011). Different patterns of sexual identity development over time: Implications for the psychological adjustment of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths. Journal of Sex Research, 48, 3-15. (PMCID: PMC2914848)

Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., Hunter, J., &Braun, L. (2006).Sexual identity development amonglesbian, gay, and bisexual youths: Consistency and change over time. Journal of Sex Research, 43, 46-58. (PMCID: PMC3215279)

Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., &Hunter, J. (2004).Ethnic/racial differences in the coming-out process of gay, lesbian, and bisexual youths: A comparison of sexual identity development over time.Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 10, 215-228. (PMID: 15311975)

Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E.W., Hunter, J., &Levy-Warren, A. (2009).The coming-out process of young lesbian and bisexual women: Are there butch/femme differences in sexual identity development?Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38, 34-49. (PMCID: PMC3189348)

Rosario, M., Corliss, H.L., Everett, B.G., Reisner, S.L., Austin, S.B., Buchting, F.O., &Birkett, M.A. (2014). Sexual-orientation disparities in cancer-related risk behaviors of tobacco, alcohol, sexual risk, and diet and physical activity: Pooled Youth Risk Behavior Surveys. American Journal of Public Health, 104, 245-254. (PMCID: PMC3935697)

Rosario, M., Reisner, S.L., Corliss, H.L., Wypij, D., Calzo, J., &Austin, S.B. (2014). Sexual-orientation disparities in substance use in emerging adults: A function of stress and attachment paradigms. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28, 790-804. (PMCID: PMC4203310)

Roberts, A.L., Rosario, M., Slopen, N., Calzo, J. P. &Austin, S.B. (2013). Childhood gender nonconformity, bullying victimization, and depressive symptoms across adolescence and early adulthood: An 11-year longitudinal study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 52, 143-152. (PMCID: PMC3635805)

Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E.W., &Hunter, J. (2011). Cigarette smoking as a coping strategy: Negative implications for subsequent psychological distress of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 731-742. (PMCID: PMC3146751)

Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., &Hunter, J. (2006).A model of sexual risk behaviors among young gay and bisexual men: Longitudinal associations of mental health, substance abuse, sexual abuse, and the coming-out process. AIDS Education and Prevention, 18, 444-460. (PMCID: PMC32222951)

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Current Projects:

Theoretical and empirical research focusing on attachment, the development of personal and social identity, and the experience of stress, especially with respect to the implications of these for health. The role of intersectionality in such endeavors is also of interest.

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