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Arjan van der Star

Arjan Van Der Star


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Arjan van der Star is a public health scientist and epidemiologist interested in the mental health of sexual and gender minorities. Arjan obtained a Master of Science degree in Health Economics, Policy and Law at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and is a trained public health scientist and epidemiologist. He currently holds a Ph.D. candidacy position at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, under the supervision of dr. Richard Bränström and is a Postgraduate Fellow with the ESTEEM Program in NYC at the Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT, in the US. Furthermore, Arjan acts as the vice president of the section on Sexual and Gender Minority Health of the European Public Health Association.


Arjan van der Star’s research focuses on the question how stigma-related stressors may explain sexual orientation-based mental health disparities and how stigma may operate at several socio-ecological levels surrounding sexual (and gender) minorities. More specifically, Arjan’s work focuses on how these stigma-related stressors may interact across these various levels of stigma. For instance, he examines how discriminatory policies and laws may further drive different enacted forms of stigma at the interpersonal level, such as victimization and harassment, and forms of self-stigma, like the internalization of negative societal attitudes. Given his strong public health background and interest, Arjan seeks to further the understanding on how policies and laws can structurally harm or protect the mental health of sexual and gender minorities. Hence, through his research, Arjan’s work primarily aims to inform policymakers on how adverse mental health outcomes resulting from stigma may be prevented among these groups. Furthermore, as Arjan’s research focuses on further illuminating mechanisms underlying the processes linking stigma to poor mental health, his work may further inform psychotherapy that focuses on dealing with the consequences of stigma on mental health among sexual and gender minorities.


Strukturella, interpersonella och individuella faktorer som påverkar ojämlikhet i psykisk hälsa baserat på sexuell läggning

Handledare: Dr. Richard Bränström (huvud-), Dr. John E. Pachankis, Prof. Mats Lekander och Dr. Petter Tinghög


Untethered lives: barriers to societal integration as predictors of the sexual orientation disparity in suicidality. Bränström R, van der Star A, Pachankis JE Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 2019 Jul;():

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. Advance online publication.

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 Eur J 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 Eur J Public Health 2016 Apr;26(2):208-9

Acceptance of sexual minorities, discrimination, social capital and health andwell-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():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.V. 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 Eur J Public Health 2014 Dec;24(6):876

EUPHA office column: EUPHA 2020, the third strategy's pillar & EUPHAnxt. Paget, D.Z., Ricciardi, W., Van der Star, A., Jakab, Z., Borg, T., Bert, F., & Scaioli, G. Eur J 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. Eur J Public Health 2014;23(4):717–719

All inclusive Public Health--what about LGBT populations? Bränström R, van der Star A Eur J Public Health 2013 Jun;23(3):353-4


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

2016-09-01 - Nu:                   Doktorand i folkhälsovetenskap

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

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