hero image
Jeremy Goldbach - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Jeremy Goldbach Jeremy Goldbach

Associate Professor of Social Work | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Dr. Goldbach focuses on the relationship between social stigma, stress, and health among minority populations.






loading image




Jeremy Goldbach is Director of the Center for LGBT Health Equity and joined the faculty in 2012 after completing both his master's and doctoral degrees in social work at The University of Texas at Austin. His work at UT-Austin was funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, specializing in prevention science.

His research is primarily focused on the relationship between social stigma, stress and health among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and adolescents. He currently holds funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD; 1R01MD012252; R21MD013971), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Department of Defense (DOD). Since joining the faculty, he has also been funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for psychometric instrument development (2014-17) The Trevor Project to explore pathways of suicidality among LGBTQ youth, the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Institute and through the Zumberge Small Grant Program.

He served from 2014-2017 as a member-at-large for the Society for Social Work and Research and sits on the Council on Social Work Education’s Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression and the National Association of Social Workers’ National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. His practice background includes both clinical and community organizing. Before returning for his doctoral education, Goldbach oversaw a large community-organizing project in Texas that funded 32 community coalitions to reduce substance use concerns through environmental, policy-based strategy.

To reference the work of Jeremy Goldbach online, we ask that you directly quote their work where possible and attribute it to "Jeremy Goldbach, a faculty at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work” (LINK: https://dworakpeck.usc.edu)

Education (3)

The University of Texas at Austin: PhD 2012

The University of Texas at Austin: MSSW 2008

University of Rochester: BA 2004

Areas of Expertise (9)




Minority Health

Social Work

Social Work Education

Lgbt Issues


Substance Abuse

Industry Expertise (4)

Social Services

Health and Wellness



Accomplishments (5)

USC Graduate Student Mentoring Award (professional)


Sterling C. Franklin Distinguished Faculty Award (professional)


Rainbow Alliance Social Work Caucus Faculty Recognition Award (professional)


Journal of Social Work Practice and the Addictions Excellence in Dissertation Research (Honorable Mention) (professional)


University of Texas at Austin Graduate Fellowship (personal)


Affiliations (6)

  • National Association of Social Workers - Member
  • Society for Social Work and Research - Member
  • Society for Prevention Research - Member
  • National Hispanic Science Network - Member
  • Certified Prevention Specialist (Texas), License #699 - Certification
  • Master of Social Work (Texas), License #52762

Testimonials (1)

Jane G. Clark, Director of Member Engagement | Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

Jeremy is one of those rare people who have visionary skills. Professionally, this translates into an ability to create new opportunities for projects and agencies. He is able to see multiple possibilities, then chart a course of action to take the ideas into reality -- definitely the type of skill set that is useful in many ventures. In addition, his natural networking skills put people at ease in any working environment.


Media Appearances (5)

How California Is Breaking Down the Gender Binary

Advocate.com  online


California Gov. Jerry Brown last month signed the Gender Recognition Act, a hallmark piece of legislation that makes California the first state to legally recognize a third gender option on legal documents — gender nonbinary.

view more

California Paves Way for 'Nonbinary' Birth Certificates

NBC News  online


Jeremy Goldbach, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California whose research focuses on the relationship between stigma and mental health in the LGBTQ community, told NBC News the new law could go a long way in improving the everyday lives of nonbinary California citizens. "People who don't present as the sex that is listed on their documentation can have challenges engaging in the legal system and in simple things like purchasing alcohol or being pulled over," Goldbach said.

view more

How Therapists Are Failing LGBTQ Millennials

Bustle.com  online


People in the LGBTQ community are almost three times more likely to experience a mental health condition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the rate of suicide attempts among LGBTQ youth is four times greater than it is for straight youth — and, as Jeremy Goldbach, assistant professor the University of Southern California’s Master of Social Work program, tells Bustle, research shows that queer and trans people’s mental health struggles are likely the result of a culture that rejects their sexuality and gender. “It's becoming clear that it isn't by nature of being gay or lesbian that places you at risk,” says Goldbach. “It’s the environment's response to you as young LGBTQ person or as an adult because we grow up in this environment that tells us that the core identity we have is wrong.”

view more

Lesbian and gay service members: life after don’t ask, don’t tell

Atlas of Science  online


Being lesbian or gay in the world is more difficult than being straight. People who identify as lesbian or gay are more likely to be rejected by their parents, families, friends and religious institutions, and are sometimes even fired or evicted from housing for simply being lesbian or gay. Because of the stress from these experiences lesbian and gay people more often have worse mental health, more substance use, and are more likely to be depressed and die by suicide. Being lesbian or gay in the military may be even more difficult, because of a long history of discrimination against this population. Until 2010, people who identified as lesbian or gay weren’t even allowed to serve (i.e., Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell). Reasons ranged from being “morally reprehensible” to suggestions that lesbian and gay service members would pose a national security risk to it would cost more in healthcare to it would erode military readiness and morale. Although each these objections have been disproven, the truth is, we don’t know much about lesbian or gay service members or their needs.

view more

Pentagon move to end ban on transgender troops gets mixed reviews

Los Angeles Daily News  online


Jeremy Goldbach, assistant professor of social work at USC, said the decision was critical to removing the “cloud of uncertainty” faced by those transgender people who weren’t part of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal in 2011 and couldn’t be true to their identity. Goldbach, who has been working on a two-year $1.8 million grant from the Defense Department studying the mental health and integration of transgender armed service members, said the Pentagon would be wise to move as quickly as possible at putting the policy in place. “There will have to be some accommodations that will need to be made in terms of those moving through gender transition, but my suspicion is you’ll find less confusion, fear and uncertainty once the rules are in place,” Goldbach said.

view more

Conferences and Events (5)

Green, D.C., Raymond, H.F., Goldbach, J.T. (2018, January)

Generational Considerations for Health Service Utilization by Gay Men  Washington, D.C.

Schrager, S. M., Goldbach, J. T., & Mamey, M. R. (2017, March)

The Sexual Minority Adolescent Stress Inventory (SMASI)  Vienna, Austria

Goldbach, J. T., Fulginiti, A., Rhoades, H., Bond, D., & Schrager, S. M. (2017, March)

Testing a mediated model of minority stress and suicide among LGBT adolescents  Vienna, Austria

Schrager, S. M., Rusow, J., Nguyen, E., & Goldbach, J. T. (2017, March)

Recruitment and data collection in a savvy population  Vienna, Austria

Goldbach J. T., Alessi, E., Austin, A., & Craig, S. (2017)

Engaging in clinically and developmentally informed research with sexual and gender minority youth  New Orleans, LA

Research Grants (7)

A Longitudinal Investigation of Minority Stress in a Diverse National Sample of Sexual Minority Adolescents

National Institute on Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD; 1R01MD012252) $2,399,998

Principal Investigator (Co-PI: Schrager). 2017-2022

Feasibility of a multi-level school intervention for LGBTQ youth

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD; 1R21MD013971) $275,000


Principal. Investigator

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health

Health Resources and Services Administration $2,189,705

Core Faculty 2017–2022

Talk 2UR Brain

Department of Defense $502,201

Principal Investigator (U.S. Site PI; Tel Aviv PI: Hendler) 2017–2019

Testing the feasibility for Longitudinal Data Collection in a Diverse National Sample of Sexual and Gender Minoirty Adolescents

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work $34,600

Principal Investigator 2017-2018

Substance Use and Technology: Testing an Innovative Method for YMSM Recruitment

National Institute on Drug Abuse (5R36DA041542) $107,387

Faculty Advisor (PI: Gibbs) 2015–2018

Improving Integration, Acceptance and Health among LGBT Service Members

Department of Defense $1,894,846

Principal Investigator (Co-PIs: Castro, Holloway) 2015–2018

Courses (5)

Research Methods (SOWK 762)

Doctoral, University of Southern California

Mental Health Evaluation (SOWK 625)

Master’s, University of Southern California

Social Policy in the Health Care Sector (SOWK 636)

Master’s, University of Southern California

Program Planning & Evaluation (SOWK 632)

Master’s, University of Southern California

Research Methods (SOWK 562)

Master’s, University of Southern California

Research Articles & Publications (23)

Military sexual assault as a mediator of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression among lesbian, gay, and bisexual veterans

Journal of Traumatic Stress

*Lucas, C. L., Goldbach, J. T., Kintzle, S., & Castro, C. A.

Accepted *Denotes student

Homelessness, Mental Health and Suicidality among LGBTQ Youth accessing Crisis Services

Child Psychiatry & Human Development

Rhoades, H., Rusow, J.A., Bond, D., Lanteigne, A., Fulginiti, A., Goldbach, J.T.

In press

Understanding the profiles of bullies and bullying victims by sexual orientation

Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Goldbach, J. T., Raymond, H. F., & *Burgess, C. M.

1-19. doi: 10.1177/0886260517741623 2017 *Denotes student

Polyvictimization prevalence rates for sexual and gender minority adolescents: Breaking down the silos of victimization research

Psychology of Violence

Sterzing, P. R., *Gartner, R. E., Goldbach, J. T., McGeough, B. L., Ratliff, G. A., & Johnson, K. C.

Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/vio0000123 2017 *Denotes student

Challenging conventions of bullying thresholds: exploring differences between low and high levels of bully-only, victim-only, and bully-victim roles

Journal of youth and adolescence

Goldbach, J. T., Sterzing, P. R., & Stuart, M. J.

1-15. doi: 10.1007/s10964-017-0775-4 2017

Criterion and Divergent Validity of the Sexual Minority Adolescent Stress Inventory (SMASI)

Frontiers in Psychology

Goldbach, J. T., Schrager, S. M., & Mamey, M. R.

8, 2057. 2017

Pathways to Male Transactional Sex in Mumbai, India

Journal of Homosexuality

Srivastava, A., & Goldbach, J.T.

doi:10.1080/00918369.2017.1398018 2017

A developmentally informed adaptation of minority stress for sexual minority adolescents

Journal of Adolescence

Goldbach, J. T., & *Gibbs, J. J.

55, 36-50 2017 *Denotes student

Bullying victimization trajectories for sexual minority youth: Stable victims, desisters, and late-onset victims

Journal of Research on Adolescence

Sterzing, P. R., *Gibbs, J., *Gartner, R. E., & Goldbach, J. T.

doi:10.1111/jora.12336 2017 *Denotes student

General and ethnic biased bullying among Latino students: Exploring risks of depression, suicidal ideation and substance use

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

Berger Cardoso, J., *Sklyk, H., Goldbach, J. T., Swank, P., & Zvolensky, M.

Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10903-017-0593-5 2017 *Denotes student

Sexual orientation, minority stress, social norms, and substance use among racially diverse adolescents

Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Mereish, E. H., Goldbach, J. T., *Burgess, C., & DiBello, A.

178, 49–56 2017 *Denotes student

Sexual orientation disparities in the use of emerging drugs

Substance Use & Misuse

Goldbach, J. T., Mereish, E., & *Burgess, C.

52, 265–271 2016 *Denotes student

Addressing gaps on risk and resilience factors for alcohol use outcomes in sexual and gender minority populations

Drug and Alcohol Review

Talley, A., Gilbert, P., Mitchell, J., Goldbach, J. T., Marshall, B., & Kaysen, D.

35, 484–493. doi:10.1111/dar.12387 2016

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service members: Life after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Current Psychiatry Reports

Goldbach, J. T., & Castro, C.

18, 56. doi:10.1007/s11920-016-0695-0 2016

Stress and multiple substance use behaviors among Hispanic adolescents

Prevention Science

Berger Cardoso, J., Goldbach, J. T., Cervantes, R. C., & Swank, P.

17, 208–217. doi:10.1007/s11121-015-0603-6 2016

The relation between stress and alcohol use among Hispanic adolescents

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

Goldbach, J. T., Berger Cardoso, J., Cervantes, R. C., & Duan, L.

29, 960–968. doi:10.1037/adb0000133 2015

Strategies employed by sexual minority adolescents to cope with minority stress

Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Goldbach, J. T., & *Gibbs, J.

2, 297–306 2015 *Denotes student

The application of minority stress theory to marijuana use in sexual minority adolescents

Substance Use & Misuse

Goldbach, J. T., Schrager, S., *Dunlap, S., & Holloway, I.

50, 366–375. doi:10.3109/10826084.2014.980958 2015 *Denotes student

Traumatic experiences and drug use by LGB adolescents: A critical review of minority stress

Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions

Goldbach, J. T., Fisher, B., & *Dunlap, S.

15, 90–113 2015 *Denotes student

Access to mental health and substance abuse services by people living with HIV/AIDS: The case manager perspective

Health and Social Work

Orellana, E., Goldbach, J., Rountree, M., & *Bagwell, M.

40(2), e10–e14. doi:10.1093/hsw/hlv023 2015 *Denotes student

Cyberbullying perpetration and victimization among middle-school students

American Journal of Public Health

Rice, E., *Petering, R., Winetrobe, H., Rhoades, H., Goldbach, J. T., Plant, A., … Kordic, T.

105(3), e66–e72. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302393 2015 *Denotes student

view more

Religious conflict, sexual identity, and suicidal behaviors among sexual minority youth

Archives of Suicide Research

*Gibbs, J., & Goldbach, J. T.

19, 472–488. doi:10.1080/13811118.2015.1004476 2015 *Denotes student

view more

Examining differences in culturally based stress among clinical and non-clinical Hispanic adolescents

Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Cervantes, R., Berger Cardoso, J., & Goldbach, J. T.

21, 458–467. doi:10.1037/a0037879 2015