I am board certified in clinical health psychology, reflecting my background in integrated medical settings, HIV/AIDS-related work, and a respect for the ways that our physical health reflects and affects psychological well-being. I have specific clinical experience and expertise working with sexual orientation and gender identity, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, and chronic depression.
My research interests are primarily focused on the interpersonal costs of minority stress upon sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals. Histories of shame, family rejection, stigma, and concealment can lead to patterns of challenge and barriers to connection. I am interested in those approaches that might promote vulnerability, acceptance, and self-compassion in ways that nurture social connections and the health that comes with safety in our relationships.
Finally, contextual behavioral psychotherapies and the underlying assumptions of those therapies, including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy, are the threads that run through both my research and clinical interests.
Students are welcome to join me in the Vulnerability, Acceptance, and Self-compassion Therapies (VAST) Lab. Members active in current research or mentorship with me meet bi-weekly to discuss relevant articles related to SGM health and wellness, intersectional identities, and students are able to share and present their own work with their peers. If you would like more information on current projects or are considering applying to Roosevelt's PsyD program, please feel welcome to contact me.
Skinta, M. D., Fekete, E. M., & Williams, S. L. (2019). HIV-stigma, self-compassion, and psychological well-being among gay men living with HIV. Stigma and Health, 4(2), 179-187.
Rosen, D. C., Kanter, J. W., Villatte, M., Skinta, M. D., & Plummer Louden, M. (2019). Becoming an Antiracist White Clinician. In Williams, M. T., Rosen, D. C., & Kanter, J. W. (Eds.), Eliminating Race-Based Mental Health Disparities: Promoting Equity and Culturally Responsive Care across Settings. New Harbinger: Oakland.
Skinta, M. D., Hoeflein, B.T.R., & Ryu, D. (2019). Acceptance, Vulnerability, and Compassion: Contextual-Behavioral Approaches for Sexual and Gender Minority Clients. In S. Safren and J. Pachankis (Eds.), Handbook of Evidence-based Mental Health Practice with Gender and Sexual Minority Clients. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Skinta, M. D., Hoeflein, B.T.R., Muñoz-Martínez, A.M., & Rincón, C.L. (2018). Responding to Gender and Sexual Minority Stress with Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 55(1), 63-72.