Jim Mahalik’s expertise covers the complex web of issues related to gender and sexual orientation—including social identity and mental health, bullying, and victimization. His research and teaching look at the contributions of gender socialization and social influence variables as they affect both psychological and physical wellbeing.
A professor at the Lynch School since 2006, Mahalik has also served as Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs. His influence in his field is far-reaching; he has published theoretical work on men's help-seeking as well as empirical work on gender and health behaviors. Moreover, he developed the widely used measures of gender role conformity, along with clinical best practice guidelines for working with boys and men.
Mahalik has presented his research at conferences and authored or coauthored dozens of articles for professional publications, including Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Psychology and Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Psychology of Men and Masculinity, where he was recently appointed to serve on the editorial board. In recognition of his distinguished achievements, Mahalik was honored as a Fellow by the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.