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Matthew D. Skinta, Ph.D., ABPP

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Clinical Supervisor, Sexual & Gender Identity Clinic, Gronowski Center

Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

Sexuality; HIV; LGBT psychology; Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Compassion-Focused Therapy; Functional Analytic Psychotherapy; gender; shame; stigma


Ph.D., Clinical Health Psychology, Kent State University (2007)
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Kent State University (2004)
B.A., Psychology, Crime & Delinquency Studies, University of Kansas (2001)


Matthew Skinta, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical health psychologist with a private practice in San Francisco's historic Castro neighborhood. He received his PhD, with a focus in health psychology, at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in HIV Behavioral Medicine at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif. He continued his focus on HIV through directing and managing the research program from 2008-2013 at the Alliance Health Project (formerly AIDS Health Project) of the University of California, San Francisco. Currently, he provides clinical supervision in the Gronowski Clinic’s Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, while maintaining his private practice alongside consultation and training for area providers.


Dr. Skinta has published in the area of shame, stigma and HIV, as well as cultural competency concerns when working with sexual minorities. He has provided graduate level and postgraduate training in working with sexual minorities, shame, and evidence-based treatment. He is primarily interested in the corresponding functions of shame and self-compassion in the lives of persons affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as the importance of developing effective trainings that adequately prepare psychologists to speak openly regarding sex and sexuality. He has been a member of APA since 2001 and is a member of Divisions 38 (Health Psychology) and 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues).  Dr. Skinta has also been a HOPE trainer through the APA Office of AIDS - HIV Office for Psychology Education since 2010, and is currently a mentor in the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students LGBT mentoring program. 


Talks & Lectures: 

November 18, 2013, ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope. Struggling with HIV/AIDS Stigma


Websites and Other Relevant Links: 
Selected Publications: 

Skinta, M. D., Lezama, M., Wells, G., & Dilley, J. W. (2014). Acceptance and Compassion-Based Group Therapy to Reduce HIV Stigma. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

 Skinta, M. D., Brandrett, B. D., Schenk, W. C., Wells, G., & Dilley, J. W. (2014). Shame, self-acceptance and disclosure in the lives of gay men living with HIV: An interpretative phenomenological analysis approach. Psychology & health29(5), 583-597.

Skinta, M.D., & Feldman, M. (2012). The Stonewall generation: Gay men aging with HIV. Aging & Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal 1(1), 109-120.

Skinta, M.D., Murphy, J.L., Paul, J.P., Schwarcz, S.K., & Dilley, J.W. (2012). Thoughts, attitudes and feelings of HIV-positive MSM associated with high transmission-risk sex. Health Education and Behavior, 39(3), 315-323.

Schwarcz, S.K., Chen, Y., Murphy, J.L., Paul, J.P., Skinta, M.D., Scheer, S., Vittinghoff, E., & Dilley, J.W. (2012). A randomized control trial of personalized cognitive counseling to reduce sexual risk among HIV-infected men who have sex with men. AIDS Care (iFirst), 1-10.

McPhee, B., Skinta, M.D., Paul, J., & Dilley, J.W. (2012) Personalized cognitive counseling to reduce unprotected sexual intercourse with HIV-positive men: A case study. Behavior and Cognitive Practice, 19(2), 328-337.







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