Dean & Professor
Department of Urban-Global Public Health
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
LGBTQ; HIV; HPV; HCV; STIs; sexual health; drug abuse; mental health; syndemic; health care; health disparities; social determinants; behavioral medicine; applied statistics; psychometrics.
Perry N Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH is a public health psychologist, researcher, educator, and advocate. For decades his research has specialized on infectious diseases to determine and target the biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and structural factors that predispose HIV, HPV, COVID-19 and other pathogens. This work has further delineated the synergies of infectious disease with mental health burden including drug abuse in sexual, gender, and racial, and ethnic minority populations in urban centers.
Dr. Halkitis is currently Dean and Professor of Biostatistics and Urban-Global Public Health at the School of Public Health at Rutgers University. Dr. Halkitis is the founder and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS). He is also primary member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Global Health Institute and Professor Emeritus at the College of Global Public Health at New York University.
Dr. Halkitis is the author of the 2019 book, Out in Time: The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation. His 2013 book, The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, is a 2014 Lambda Literary Award nominee. Both books received the American Psychological Association Distinguished Book Award in LGBT Psychology. Dr. Halkitis is also the author of Methamphetamine Addiction: Biological Foundations, Psychological Factors, and Social Consequences, and lead editor of two additional books. He has authored of over 250 peer-reviewed academic manuscripts and also actively disseminates knowledge to mainstream media, appearing frequently on television, radio, and podcasts.
Dr. Halkitis has been the Editor in Chief of Behavioral Medicine since 2013 and is the Founding Editor in Chief of Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health, which published its first issue in 2020. Throughout his career, Dr. Halkitis has been on the forefront of fighting for the rights of those infected with and affected by HIV, as well as being an outspoken advocate for the rights and health of the LGBTQ+ population. Dr. Halkitis is actively involved in all aspects of community building and empowerment through the dissemination and translation of the innovative, timely, and valuable public health research that he and his teams at Rutgers and CHIBPS undertake. He is the recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organizations. He is an elected a fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine, The Society of Behavioral Medicine, The European Academy of Translational Medicine and in four divisions of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Halkitis serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for School and Programs of Public Health and the Hyacinth Foundation. He also serves on the advisory boards of the both New Jersey Public Health Advisory Committee and the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Advisory Committee, the Tyler Clementi Center, and Safehouse. He previously served on the boards of Body Positive, GMHC, the Generations Project, the HIV League, the New Jersey Public Health Association, and the New York State Public Health Association.
Dr. Halkitis holds degrees in psychology, education, and public health and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Omega (Public Health), Kappa Delta Pi (Education), and Sigma Xi Research Honor Society.
For over two decades, Dr. Halkitis’ program of research has examined the intersection between HIV and other STIs, drug abuse, and mental health burden, and the biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and structural factors that predispose these and other health disparities in the LGBTQ population. Recently the focus of his work has centered on three main areas: (1) documenting the exposure to bacterial and viral pathogens associated with health disparities and cancer disparities in gay men; (2) understanding the behavioral, biological, psychosocial, and structural factors that predispose infection with these pathogens and other health burdens; and (3) implementation research that integrates biomedical and behavioral approaches to deliver healthcare services to gay men within the community to prevent these disparities. This work is being enacted in the United States in large urban centers including Newark, New Jersey and is being developed in Athens, Greece. Dr. Halkitis is the founder and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS; www.chibps.org), which is a training site for the next generation of scholars and partners with community agencies to conduct studies for and with the LGBTQ population.
Dr. Halkitis’ research program has been awarded over $30 million in grant funding. He is an elected a fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine, The Society of Behavioral Medicine, and in four divisions of the American Psychological Association.
National Board of Public Heath Examiners, Testing and Item Writing Committees (2015)
The HIV League Board of Directors (2016)
Newark City of Learning Collaborative Advisory Board (2017)
New Jersey Public Health Association Board Member at Large (2017)
Hyacinth Foundation Board of Directors (2018)
New Jersey Department of Health 2019 Student Health Survey Review Group (2018)
Association of School & Program in Public Health Writing Committee (2017)
Association of School & Program in Public Health Policy Committee (2017)
Association of School & Program in Public Health Diversity Committee (2017)
Association of School & Program in Public Health Leadership Planning Committee (2018)
PARADISO (Participatory Approach for Raise Awareness and Discrimination against Sexual and Gender Orientation in Healthcare Sector), Scientific Commit (2018)
ZRG1 F17-M (20) AIDS & AIDS-Related Applications F30/F31/32/Scientific Review Group (2018)
National Institutes of Health (2004)
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, Editorial Review Board (2006)
AIDS Education and Prevention, Editorial Review Board (2008)
American Journal of Men’s Health, Editorial Review Board (2008)
Journal of Applied Measurement, Editorial Review Board (2000)
AIDS Care, International Editorial Review Board (2010)
Journal of Homosexuality, Editorial Review Board (2013)
Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, Editorial Board (2013)
Behavioral Medicine, Editor-in-Chief (2013)
Citizen Psychologist - American Psychological Association (2018) - APA Citizen Psychologists serve as leaders in their various communities. Through prolonged engagement in significant activities, they contribute to improving the lives of all.
Distinguished Teaching Award, Honorable Mention - New York University (2017) - The Distinguished Teaching Award, established in 1987, is presented annually to outstanding full-time faculty members in recognition that one of NYU's primary institutional priorities, along with research, is exceptional teaching inside and outside of the classroom setting.
Researcher of the Year, Psychology for the Study of Men and Masculinity - American Psychological Association (2017) - This award honors outstanding published research concerning males and masculinity.
Alumni Achievement Award - CUNY Graduate Center (2017) - CUNY Graduate Center recognizes the tremendous talents of their scholarly community with the prestigious Graduate Center Alumni Awards.
Carl S. Schultz Award for Lifetime Achievement - American Public Health Association (2017) - The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to recognize leaders, who through scholarship, innovation, and action, have impacted the field of sexual and reproductive health.
Delta Omega - Public Health Honorary Society, New York University (2016) - Membership in Delta Omega?reflects the dedication of an individual to increasing the quality of the field, as well as to the protection and advancement of the health of all people.
Hermann M. Biggs Memorial Award - New York State Public Health Association (2016) - The Hermann M. Biggs Memorial Medal and Certificate is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes an individual with demonstrated outstanding achievements in public health in New York State.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section 2016 Community-Based Leadership Award - American Public Health Association (2016) - The Section promotes public health policy approaches to prevention and treatment of alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems.
Psychology and AIDS Leadership Award (Distinguished Leader) - American Psychological Association Committee on Psychology & AIDS (2015) - This award serves to actively demonstrate COPA's commitment to ensure issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS are kept at the forefront of psychological research, education, training and practice.
POZ 100 Outstanding Work to the HIV/AIDS Community - POZ Magazine (2015) - For the sixth annual POZ 100, we turn the spotlight on people who have been making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS and who have been living with the virus since 1995 or earlier.
Lambda Literary Award nominee (Memoir) - Lambda Literary (2014) - Lambda Literary, the nation’s oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature.
Distinguished Book Award - Division of the Society for The Psychological Study Of LGBT Issues (2014) - The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience
Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology Award (Senior) - American Psychological Association (2014) - This award recognizes people who have advanced psychology as a science and/or profession by a single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions in the public interest.
Certificate of Academic Excellence in Epidemiology - CUNY School of Public Health (2013) - CUNY School of Public Health honors for Academic Excellence in Epidemiology.
New York State Department of Health World AIDS Day 2013 Commissioner’s Award - New York State Department of Health (2013) - Honors Individuals Making a Difference in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Advocate for Community & Wellness Award - New York University, Office of LGBT Student Services (2012) - For commitment to creating a welcoming environment for everyone interested in developing their understanding of LGBTQ, gender, sexuality and intersectional identities.
Star Award - New York University Steinhardt School Graduate Student Organization (2012) - Each year, the Steinhardt Graduate Student Organization (GSO) honors outstanding students, faculty, administrators, graduate assistants, and staff members.
Translational Research Mentor Award - New York University-New York City Health and Hospital Corporation Clinical and Translational Science Institute (2012) - Acknowledgement of accomplished senior investigator status.
Award for Student Centered Dedication and Advocacy - New York University (2010) - New York University awards faculty for student centered dedication and advocacy.
Research to Practice Dissemination Award - Society of Behavioral Medicine (2010) - SBM annually provides awards recognizing outstanding achievement and contribution to the field of behavioral medicine.
Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training - American Psychological Association Society for The Psychological Study LGBT Issues (2010) - The division offers this award to colleagues who have made distinguished contributions to the interests, goals, and purposes of Div. 44 in the area of education, either academic or public.
Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Early Career) - American Psychological Association (2010) - This award recognizes an individual whose single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions meet one or more of the criteria set by American Psychological Association.
Outstanding Achievement Award - American Psychological Association Committee on LGB Concerns (2006) - The Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (CSOGD) of the American Psychological Association (APA) annually presents one or two Outstanding Achievement Awards to recognize psychologists for significant contributions to the mission of CSOGD.
HIV Prevention Education Leadership Award - The Body.Com (2005) - Our award winners share one common trait: They want to stop the spread of HIV by increasing awareness, understanding and responsibility, one person at a time.
Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Queer Community - New York University, Office of LGBT Student Services (2004) - Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Queer Community and commitment to creating a welcoming environment for all University students, faculty, staff, and alumni interested in developing their understanding of LGBTQ communities.
Steinhardt School Teaching Excellence Award - New York University (2004) - The Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes those faculty members who have performed exceptionally in their position.
Distinguished Research Award - American Psychological Association Society for The Psychological Study Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (2003) - The division offers this award for distinguished contribution in the areas of research, clinical practice, education and training, public advocacy, mentorship and/or leadership.
Psychology and AIDS Leadership Award (Emerging Scholar) - American Psychological Association Committee on Psychology & AIDS (2002) - Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort and leadership in the conduct, dissemination and translation of high-quality research in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment/care and/or policy.
Daniel E. Griffiths Research Award - New York University, Steinhardt School (2000) - The Award recognizes faculty members for their research in advancing their fields of knowledge and professional practice.
Wayne F. Placek Research Award - American Psychological Foundation (1999) - Wayne F. Placek Research Award encourages research to increase the general public's understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation, and to alleviate the stress that lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men and transgender individuals experience in this and future civilizations.
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