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Phillip Ward Schnarrs, Ph.D.


Phillip W. Schnarrs, Ph.D., is an associate professor of community-based participatory research in the Department of Population Health. He is an applied health researcher and expert in LGBTQ+ populations, specializing in sexual health, mental health and substance use disorder.

As an applied scientist engaged in community-based participatory research, Schnarrs engages the community as co-collaborators throughout the research process and develops meaningful programs to address the health of medically underserved populations and shift social policies.

Schnarrs received his doctorate in health behavior from Indiana University School of Public Health in Bloomington with an emphasis in community engagement and social justice. In addition to his academic work, he was a pre-doctoral fellow in the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at the Fenway Institute in Boston.

For the past two years, Schnarrs has been a fellow with the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is currently co-PI of Strengthening Colors of PRIDE San Antonio, a project funded through the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders fellowship focused on understanding the role of resilience and trauma in LGBTQ+ adult health.