Dr. Eric Layland is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware where he bridges LGBTQ+ developmental research to community impact through developmentally-informed, affirmative interventions. His research areas include LGBTQ+ within-group differences in mental health and unhealthy substance use, the impact of stigma on LGBTQ+ development, strengths-based approaches to LGBTQ+ health, and LGBTQ+ affirmative interventions. Across all areas of research, Dr. Layland uses advanced and innovative analytical methods to reflect intersecting systems of oppression that shape LGBTQ development across the life course.
Through community partnerships and funding support from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Layland has led and collaborated on several intervention evaluations including investigation of underage drinking prevention among college students (LateNight Penn State), school-based substance use and HIV prevention among adolescents (HealthWise South Africa), and LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy for adolescents and young adults (EQuIP). Currently, he continues to collaborate with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on the NIDA-funded Healthy Young Men’s Cohort study to model the impact of intersecting stigma on health disparities and development of Black and Latinx sexual minority young men.
His research has been published in Prevention Science, Social Science and Medicine, LGBT Health, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Translational Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Positive Psychology, and the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
- Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 2020
- M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 2018
- M.S., Youth & Family Recreation, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2013
- B.S., Recreation Management and Youth Leadership, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2011
- Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Delaware, 2022-present
- Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, 2020-2022
- Pre-doctoral Research Fellow, The Methodology Center, The Pennsylvania State University, 2016-2020
- Program Coordinator, Provo Parks & Recreation, 2009-2015
- Layland, E. K. (MPI), Turner, D. (MPI), Abubakari, G., Vitalis, D., & Kershaw, T. (co-PIs). Evaluating the transition to telehealth services: Exploring the needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ clients engaged in community care. Yale Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies. 2021-2022
- Seager van Dyk, I. (PI), Layland, E. K., Soulliard, Z. A., & Pachankis, J. E. (co-PIs). LGBTQ-Affirmative cognitive behavioral group therapy for youth: A pilot study. Yale Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies. 2021-2022
- Layland, E. K., (PI), Seager van Dyk, I., & Pachankis, J. E (co-PIs). An experimental investigation of anti-Black sexual racism and underlying mechanisms among gay and bisexual men. Yale Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies. 2020-2021
Recent Professional Awards
- Outstanding Dissertation Award, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2021
- Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies Research Award, Yale University, 2020
- Yale AIDS Prevention Training Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health, 2020-2022
- LGBTQA Alumni Interest Group Award, The Pennsylvania State University, 2019