Arjan van der Star

Arjan Van Der Star

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Adjunct Research Assistant Professor at the Division of Psychology of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet.

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Dr. Arjan van der Star, Ph.D., M.Sc. (he/him) is a social epidemiologist and public health researcher interested in sexual and gender minority mental health. Dr. Van der Star is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University and a Research Scientist with the San Diego State University Research Foundation. In that capacity, he is the Project Director of an NIMH-funded suicide prevention study among sexual and gender minority youth and young adults. Dr. Van der Star also acts as the President of the Sexual and Gender Minority Health section of the European Public Health Association. He obtained a Ph.D. degree at Karolinska Institutet in September 2020, while working in close collaboration with researchers at the Yale School of Public Health, and B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2011 and 2013, respectively.


Dr. Van der Star’s research focuses on the complex mechanisms underlying sexual orientation-based and gender identity-based mental health disparities by examining 1) how sexual and gender minority stigma and related stressors may explain disparities in mental health, 2) how such stigma may operate within a multi-level socio-ecological system surrounding sexual and gender minorities, and 3) how stigma-related factors may interact across these various levels of sexual and gender minority stigma. Hence, through his research, Dr. Van der Star primarily aims to further the theoretical understanding of what drives and causes adverse mental health among sexual and gender minorities, to inform effective policies on how to reduce the risk for such adverse mental health outcomes, but also, by illuminating the mechanisms underlying the link between sexual and gender minority stigma and poor mental health, to inform affirming psychotherapy tailored for sexual and gender minorities.


Lifecourse-varying structural stigma, minority stress reactions and mental health among sexual minority male migrants. Van der Star, A., Bränström, R., & Pachankis, J. E. European Journal of Public Health, 2021, Epub ahead of print.

Country-Level Structural Stigma, School-Based and Adulthood Victimization, and Life Satisfaction Among Sexual Minority Adults: A Life Course Approach. Van der Star, A., Pachankis, J. E., & Bränström, R. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2021;50:189–201.

Structural, interpersonal, and individual factors influencing sexual orientation-based disparities in mental health: a socio-ecological perspective on sexual minority stigma. Van der Star, A. (Karolinska Institutet University Library), 2020.

Untethered Lives: Barriers to Societal Integration as Predictors of the Sexual Orientation Disparity in Suicidality. Bränström, R., Van der Star, A., & Pachankis, J.E. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2020 Jan;55(1):89-99.

Sexual Orientation Openness and Depression Symptoms: A Population-Based Study. Van der Star, A., Pachankis, J. E., & Bränström, R. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2019;6(3):369-381.

European-wide monitoring of sexual and gender minority health: a necessary and feasible task for advancing health equity. Bränström, R., Van der Star, A., & Pachankis, J. European Journal of Public Health, 2019 04;29(2):199-200.

More knowledge and research concerning the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals is needed. Bränström, R., & Van der Star, A. European Journal of Public Health 2016 Apr;26(2):208-9.

Acceptance of sexual minorities, discrimination, social capital and health and well-being: a cross-European study among members of same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Van der Star, A., & Bränström, R. BMC Public Health 2015 Aug;15(1):812.

Long-Term (6 Months) Effectiveness, Compliance, and Subjective Sleep Outcomes of Treatment with the Sleep Position Trainer in a Large Cohort of Position-Dependent OSA Patients. Van Maanen, J.P., Van der Star, A., & De Vries, N. Positional Therapy in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Springer International Publishing), 2015:265-278.

History of Positional Therapy: Transition from Tennis Balls to New Devices. Ravesloot, M., Van der Star, A., & Van Beest, E.C. Positional Therapy in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Springer International Publishing), 2015:223-235.

Next generation of public health professionals: networks and the EUPHAnxtintegration approach. Bert, F., Van der Star, A., & Scaioli, G. European Journal of Public Health 2014 Dec;24(6):876.

EUPHA office column: EUPHA 2020, the third strategy's pillar & EUPHAnxt. Zeegers Paget, D., Ricciardi, W., Van der Star, A., Jakab, Z., Borg, T., Bert, F., & Scaioli, G. European Journal of Public Health 2014;24(4):696-699.

EUPHAnxt, young professionals and European Public Health: a challenge for the future. Bert, F., & Van der Star, A. European Journal of Public Health 2014;23(4):717–719

All inclusive Public Health--what about LGBT populations? Bränström, R., & Van der Star, A. European Journal of Public Health 2013 Jun;23(3):353-4



2016-09-01 - 2020-09-18:     Doktor i folkhälsovetenskap

2018-03-01 - 2019-03-01:     Postgraduate Fellow - Yale School of Public Health

2011-09-01 - 2013-08-31:    M.Sc. i hälsoekonomi, politik och lag

2008-09-01 - 2011-08-31:    B.Sc. i hälsopolitik och förvaltning