Matthew Skinta

Matthew Skinta
Matthew Skinta
Assistant Professor of of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
» Psychology

About Me

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.

Topics of Expertise
  • LGBTQ+ Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • Minority stress and health
  • HIV/AIDS
Education
  • BAPsychology; Crime & Delinquency Studies — University of Kansas
  • MAClinical Psychology — Kent State University
  • PhDClinical Psychology — Kent State University
Degree Program Affiliations