About Eric Schrimshaw, PhD

Dr. Eric Schrimshaw has his Ph.D. in Social & Personality Psychology and a Masters in Psychology from the City University of New York. He began his career in the Department of Psychiatry Research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He worked his way up the ranks from Project Director, to Assistant Professor, to Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University School of Public Health, and then to Acting Deputy Chair for Masters Programs in the same department.

Dr. Schrimshaw joined the College in 2019. He is a Professor of Medicine and serves as the Population Health Sciences Chair. He has over 25 years of teaching, mentoring, and research experience. Over the past 5 years, Dr. Schrimshaw has participated as the principal or co-investigator for a number of research studies totaling more than $7,576,803. He has been awarded two fellowships and a number of awards, including an Outstanding Teaching award, Calderone Jr Faculty Research award, and Carl Rogers award for Outstanding Potential in Psychology.

Dr. Schrimshaw’s research makes extensive use of mixed methods approach that features both quantitative surveys as well as in-depth qualitative interviewing to understand health behaviors. In particular, his research makes extensive use of online surveys and social media recruitment to identify and recruit high-risk and non-clinical samples. As such, he frequently serves as a methodological collaborator with interdisciplinary teams (e.g., physicians, dentists, nurses).

Dr. Schrimshaw has been incredibly active in professional service endeavors, including leadership positions on a number of departmental and university committees. He serves on the editorial board of three journals:  Archives of Sexual Behavior; Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, and the new journal Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health, as well as serving as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of public health and medical journals. He also volunteers his expertise and time to serve as a mentor for various students as they transition through their studies.



  1. Silverman, T. B., Schrimshaw, E. W., Franks, J., Hirsch-Moverman, Y., Ortega, H., El-Sadr, W. M., & Colson, P. W. (2018). Response rates of medical providers to internet surveys regarding their adoption of preexposure prophylaxis for HIV: Methodological implications. Journal of the International Association of Providers in AIDS Care, 17, 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1177/2325958218798373


  1. Antebi-Gruszka, N., & Schrimshaw, E. W.* (2018). Negative attitudes toward same-sex behavior inventory: An internalized homonegativity measure for research with bisexual, gay, and other non-gay-identified men who have sex with men. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 5, 156-168. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000292


  1. Downing, M. J., Antebi-Gruszka, N., Schrimshaw, E. W., & Hirschfield, S. (2018). If you film it will they watch? Factors associated with willingness to view safer sex messaging in Internet-based sexually explicit media. AIDS & Behavior, 22, 1295-1312. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-017-1971-7


  1. Estrada, I., Kunzel, C., Schrimshaw, E. W., Greenblatt, A. P., Metcalf, S. S., & Northridge, M. E. (2018). “Seniors only want respect”: Designing an oral health program for older adults. Special Care in Dentistry, 38, 3-12.


  1. Schrimshaw, E. W.,* Downing, M. J., Jr., & Cohn, D. J. (2018). Reasons for non-disclosure of sexual orientation among behaviorally-bisexual men: Non-disclosure as stigma management. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 219-233.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-016-0762-y


  1. Schrimshaw, E. W.,* Siegel, K., & Meunier, É. (2017). Venues where male sex workers meet partners: The emergence of gay hookup apps and web sites. American Journal of Public Health, 107, 1866-1867. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2017.304118


  1. Downing, M. J., Jr., Schrimshaw, E. W., Scheinmann, R., Antebi-Gruszka, N., & Hirshfield, S. (2017). Sexually explicit media use by sexual identity: A comparative analysis of gay, bisexual, and heterosexual men in the United States. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, 1763-1776.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-016-0837-9


  1. Northridge, M. E., Estrada, I., Schrimshaw, E. W., Greenblatt, A. P., Metcalf, S. S., & Kunzel, C. (2017). Racial/ethnic minority older adults’ perspectives of on proposed Medicaid reforms’ effects on dental care access. American Journal of Public Health, 107(S1):S65-S70. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2016.303640


  1. Northridge, M. E., Shedlin, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., Estrada, I., De La Cruz, L., Peralta, R., Birdsall, S., Metcalf, S. S., Chakraborthy, B., & Kunzel, C. (2017). Recruitment of racial/ethnic minority older adults through community sites for focus group discussions. BMC Public Health, 17, 563. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4482-6


  1. Schrimshaw, E. W.,* Antebi-Gruszka, N., & Downing, M. J., Jr. (2016). Viewing Internet-based sexually explicit media as a risk factor for condomless anal sex among men who have sex with men.  PLoS ONE, 11,   https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0154439


  1. Hirshfield, S., Schrimshaw, E. W., Stall, R., Margolis, A. D., Downing, M. J., Jr., & Chiasson, M. A. (2015). Drug use, sexual risk, and syndemic production among MSM who engage in group sex encounters. American Journal of Public Health, 105, 1849-1858.


  1. Downing, M. J., Jr., Schrimshaw, E. W.,* Antebi, N., & Siegel, K. (2014). Sexually explicit media on the Internet: A content analysis of sexual behaviors, risk, and media characteristics in gay male adult videos. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 811-821.


  1. Schrimshaw, E. W.,* Downing, M. J., Jr., Cohn, D. J., & Siegel, K. (2014). Conceptions of privacy and the non-disclosure of same-sex behaviour among behaviourally-bisexual men in heterosexual relationships. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 16, 351-365.


  1. Schrimshaw, E. W.,* Siegel, K., Downing, M. J., Jr., & Parsons, J. T. (2013). Disclosure and concealment of sexual orientation and the mental health of non-gay-identified, behaviorally-bisexual men.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 141-153.


  1. Schrimshaw, E. W.,* Downing, M. J., Jr., & Siegel, K. (2013). Sexual venue selection and strategies for concealment of same-sex behavior among non-disclosing men who have sex with men and women. Journal of Homosexuality, 60, 120-145.


  1. Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., & Hunter, J. (2012). Homelessness among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth:  Implications for subsequent internalizing and externalizing symptoms.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41, 544-560.


  1. Schrimshaw, E. W.,* Siegel, K., Wolfson, N. H., Mitchell, D. A., & Kunzel, C. (2011). Insurance-related barriers to accessing dental care among African American adults with oral health symptoms in Harlem, New York City. American Journal of Public Health, 101, 1420-1428.


  1. 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


  1. Schrimshaw, E. W.,* Siegel, K., & Downing, M. J., Jr. (2010). Sexual risk behaviors with female and male partners met in different sexual venues among non-gay identified, non-disclosing MSMW. International Journal of Sexual Health, 22, 167-179.


  1. Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., & Hunter, J. (2009). Disclosure of sexual orientation and subsequent substance use and abuse among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths: Critical role of disclosure reactions.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 175-184.