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Tamar M. Antin

I am a Critical Public Health Researcher.

Tamar M. Antin

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

Critical public health perspectives are essential for explaining the tremendous inequities in health that disproportionately burden marginalized populations.

Dr. Antin is an applied anthropologist whose work focuses on the role of stigma in public health prevention. In particular, she is interested in addressing health inequities by investigating the intersections between health-related stigma (e.g. the stigma of being a smoker) and other social identity stigmas (e.g. ethnicity, social class, and/or gender). After researching experiences with weight stigma among Black women, Dr. Antin became interested in the purposeful use of stigma in public health prevention and the potential unintended consequences this may have for some groups.

One example of where stigma is being used to change behaviors is in tobacco prevention. Tobacco denormalization approaches, which aim to make smoking socially unacceptable, are common in tobacco control and have received broad support because of their success in reducing population-level tobacco use. However, alarming disparities in smoking risk remain for some groups, suggesting that these approaches may not affect all populations equally. Dr. Antin is currently serving as PI of a newly funded study on the potential unintended consequences of tobacco denormalization strategies for LGBTQ+ adults. This study will specifically investigate the processes of stigmatization as they relate to tobacco denormalization, tobacco use, and sexual and gender minority identities.

Grant Listing
Project Title Grant Number Program Director Publication(s)
Lgbt Adults and Tobacco Stigma: a Qualitative Study
Anne Hartman Publish File

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