Eric Schrimshaw

Eric SchrimshawEric Schrimshaw, is a social/health psychologist whose research focuses on the role of interpersonal relationships on health and well-being. His work and interests are focused on three aspects of social relationships. First, much of Schrimshaw’s early work (including his dissertation) was focused on the beneficial role of supportive relationships and the negative impact of stigma, conflict, and rejection on mental and behavioural health outcomes. Second, Schrimshaw’s work has addressed the health implications of concealing stigmatised identities. Specifically this work has focused on how self-disclosure or the communication of personal information with others has beneficial role in health and well-being, how concealment can have negative implications for health, and how non-disclosure can impede access to care and support. Finally, most recently, Schrimshaw’s work has focused on how different social environments where sexual relationships are formed may impede communication and facilitate sexual risk. Of particular interest are the use of the Internet and smartphone technologies for meeting sexual partners, the influence of these technologies on communication, and whether these technologies could contribute to sexual risk. Employing a mixed-methods approach that involves both qualitative interviewing and quantitative survey methods, his work documents the importance of interpersonal relationships for understanding mental health, substance use, and sexual risk behaviour. He has addressed these issues within several populations including adults living with HIV/AIDS, gay/lesbian/bisexual adolescents, gay/bisexual men, and bisexual men “on the down low.” Schrimshaw has published over 50 journal articles addressing the role of interpersonal relationships and health.   You can view his CV here. You can also follow him on Twitter @EricSchrimshaw

His recent publications include:

  • Schrimshaw, E. W., Siegel, K., Downing, M. J., Jr., & Parsons, J. T. 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, 2013
  • Schrimshaw, EW., Siegel, K., Downing, Jr., MJ. Sexual risk behaviors with female and male partners met in different sexual venues among non-gay-identified, nondisclosing MSMW International Journal of Sexual Health 22 167-179 2010
  • Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., & Hunter, J. 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 2009

Credits to Columbia University

Published: 02 April 2014

Last update:23 April 2015


Meg Barker

Meg BarkerMeg Barker is a senior lecturer in Psychology at The Open University. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Nottingham and an MA in psychotherapy from the University of Sheffield.

Barker is a registered psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. She also co-organises the Critical Sexology group which presents open interdisciplinary seminars on sexuality three times a year. She provide therapy training for a number of organisations, including Relate, the Wimbledon Guild, the Tavistock clinic, and the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists.

Barker co-edits the Taylor & Francis journal Psychology & Sexuality with Darren Langdridge and am on the editorial boards of Sexualities, Sexual & Relationship Therapy, Porn Studies, the Journal of Popular Romance Studies, Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections, and the European Journal of Ecopsychology.

She wrote the popular psychology book on relationships, Rewriting the Rules, and her Rewriting the Rules blog associated with this project is available online.

Her research focuses on identities and relationships.  She is particularly interested in social norms and rules around sexuality and gender and how these impact both those who try to meet them and those who transgress them. Most of my research has been conducted within sexual communities, focusing on bisexuality, BDSM, and open non-monogamy. She has used various qualitative methods (interviews, discussions, on-line questionnaires, analysis of web materials, and creative methods) to investigate the ways in which people in these communities negotiate their identities and relationships. Barker has also analysed the representations of such identities and relationships in mainstream media and in psychology textbooks.

Credits to The Open University

Published: 16 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015