Nathan L. Hollinsaid (he/him/his) is a first-year clinical science doctoral student in the Biopsychosocial Effects of Stigma (BEST) Lab at Harvard University. Originally from Illinois, he graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a B.S. in clinical psychology. There, he earned highest honors for his senior thesis on the effectiveness and acceptability of empirically supported treatments for transgender and gender diverse youth, which was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Nathan received multiple grants for this work, including the Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant from Psi Chi, and he has presented findings from this and other projects at conventions of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
As an undergraduate and postbaccalaureate researcher, Nathan served as research coordinator for the Affirm Lab at Boston College (Maggi A. Price, PhD) and lab manager for the Harvard Lab for Youth Mental Health (John R. Weisz, PhD). He has published innovative research highlighting barriers to school-based psychotherapy implementation, elucidating therapy experiences of transgender adolescents and their families, and reconceptualizing how adversity is best measured and assessed among transgender and gender diverse youth. Uniquely positioned at the intersection of these labs, Nathan developed a growing interest in examining structural stigma as a contextual moderator of psychotherapy efficacy. In support of this area of inquiry, his recent work has contributed to the development and validation of policy and attitudinal measures of structural transphobia.
Nathan’s program of research employs multiple methodological approaches (e.g., spatiotemporal meta-analyses, quasi-experiments) to pursue the following aims: (1) to extend the breadth and depth of research on contextual moderators of psychotherapy efficacy and sociocultural determinants of health; (2) to explicate treatment-amenable, biopsychosocial mechanisms on the pathway from multifaceted stigma exposure to psychopathology; and, (3) to develop multilevel interventions, as well as novel implementation and dissemination efforts, to intervene upon stigma and its sequalae and thus address mental health inequity, particularly in highly-stigmatizing contexts.
Nathan serves as a mentor for the Next Gen Psych Scholars Program and for Harvard PPREP (Prospective PhD & RA Event in Psychology), and he would be excited to collaborate with or otherwise support students interested in similar research or applying to clinical psychology programs.