Urban — Global Public Health

Faculty Profile

  • Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH

  • Dean & Professor
    Director, CHIBPS

  • Department of Urban-Global Public Health
    Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

  • CV

Keywords
LGBTQ; HIV; HPV; HCV; STIs; sexual health; drug abuse; mental health; syndemic; health care; health disparities; social determinants; behavioral medicine; applied statistics; psychometrics.

Biography
Perry N Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH is Dean and Professor of Biostatistics and Urban-Global Public Health at the School of Public Health at Rutgers University. He is also Professor in the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration as well as a member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Dr. Halkitis is also Professor Emeritus at the College of Global Public Health at New York University. Dr. Halkitis holds degrees in psychology, education, and public health. 

Research Interests
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.

Research Highlights

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.

Select Publications
Halkitis, P.N. Griffin-Tomas, M, Jaisawl, J, Krause, K,D, D’Avanzo, P & Kapadia, F. Beliefs about the end of AIDS, concerns about PrEP functionality, and perception of HIV risk as drivers of PrEP use: the P18 cohort study. (2018). AIDS & Behavior. Online ahead of print.

Halkitis, P.N. & Singer, S. (2018). Chemsex and mental health as part of syndemic in gay and bisexual men. International Journal of Drug Policy. Online ahead of print.

Caceres, B.A., Brody, A.A., Dorsen, C.G., Halkitis, P.N., Yu, G. & Chyun, D.A. (2018). Cardiovascular disease risk in sexual minority women (18-59 years old): findings from the national health and nutrition examination survey (2001-2012). Women's Health Issues. Online ahead of print.

Caceres, B.A., Brody, A.A., Halkitis, P.N., Dorsen, C.G., Yu, G. & Chyun, D.A. Sexual orientation differences in modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease risk factors and cardiovascular disease diagnoses in men. LGBT Health.  Online ahead of print.

Desai, M., Bourne, A., Hope, V., & Halkitis, P. N. (2018). Sexualized drug use: LGTB communities and beyond. International Journal of Drug Policy, 55, 128-130.

Griffin-Tomas, M., Krause, K.D, Kapadia, F &  Halkitis, P.N. (2018).  A Qualitative investigation of healthcare engagement among young adult gay men in New York City: a P18 cohort sub-study. LGBT Health. Online ahead of print.

Le, PT. D. & Halkitis, P.N. (2018). Advancing the science on the biopsychosocial effects of human trafficking. Behavioral Medicine. Online ahead of print.

Ristuccia, A., LoSchiavo, C. Halkitis, P.N. & Kapadia, F. (2018). Sexualized drug use among sexual minority young adults in the United States: the P18 cohort study. International Journal of Drug Policy. Online ahead of print.

Greene, R.E., Luong, A., Barton, S, Kapadia, F, & Halkitis P.N. (2018). Assessing gaps in the HIV care continuum in a sample of gay, bisexual, and other YMSM: the P18 cohort study.  JANAC. Online ahead of print.

Halkitis, P.N., Cook, S., Ristuccia, A., Despotoulis, J., Levy, M.D., Bates, F.C. & Kapadia, F. (2017). Psychometric analysis of the life worries scale for a new generation of sexual minority men: the P18 cohort study. Health Psychology. Online ahead of print.

Halkitis, P.N., Griffin-Thomas, M., Levy, M. D., Greene, R.E. & Kapadia F. (2017). Associations of parental psychopathology with mental health burden and drug use in sexual minority men: the P18 cohort study. Journal of Homosexuality, 64(11), 1596-1616.

Halkitis, P.N., Stults, C.B., Bub, K., Bates, F.C. & Kapadia, F. (2018). Latent growth curve modeling of non-injection drug use and condomless sexual behavior from ages 18 to 21 in gay, bisexual, and other YMSM: the P18 cohort study. Substance Use and Misuse, 53(1), 101-113.

D’Avanzo, P.A., Barton, S. C., Kapadia, F., & Halkitis, P.N. (2017). Personality and its relation to mental and psychosocial health in emerging adult sexual minority men: the P18 cohort study. Behavioral Medicine, 47(3), 191-199.

Duncan D.T., Kapadia, F., Kirchner, T.R., Goedel, W.C., Brady, W.J., & Halkitis, P.N. (2017)
Acceptability of ecological momentary assessment among young men who have
sex with men. Journal of LGBT Youth. Online ahead of print.

Durvasula, R. & Halkitis, P.N. (2017). Delineating the interplay of personality disorders and health. Behavioral Medicine, 47(3), 151-155.

Goedel, W. C. Hagen, D., Halkitis, P.N., Greene, R. E., Griffin-Tomas, M., Brooks, F.A., & Duncan, D.T. (2017). Post-exposure prophylaxis awareness and use among men who have sex with men in London who use geosocial-networking smartphone applications. AIDS & Behavior. 29(5), 579-586.

Kupprat, S. A., Krause, K. D., Ompad, D. C., & Halkitis, P. N. (2017). Substance use and cognitive functioning as drivers of condomless anal sex among HIV-positive gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men age 50 and older.  LGBT Health. Online ahead of print.
18. Merzel, C., Halkitis, P.N. & Healton, C. (2017). Pedagogical scholarship in public health: A call for cultivating learning communities to support evidence-based education. Public Health Reports. Online ahead of print.

Stults, C. B., Kupprat, S. A., & Krause, K. D., Kapadia, F., & Halkitis, P. N. (2017). Perceptions of safety concern among LGBTQ people following the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity 4(3), 251-256.

Halkitis, P.N., D’Avanzo, P., Stults, C.B., Levy, M.D., Krause, K.D., Kupprat, S.A., Volebel, G., Urbina, A.E., & Kapadia, F. (2016) Neurocognitive functioning in an urban clinic-based sample of adults ages 50 and older living with HIV. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 42(4), 428-449.

Halkitis, P.N., Griffin-Thomas, M., Levy, M. D., Greene, R.E. & Kapadia F. (2017). Associations of parental psychopathology with mental health burden and drug use in sexual minority men: the P18 cohort study. Journal of Homosexuality, 64(11), 1596-1616.

Books:

Halkitis, P.N. (2019). Out in time: from stonewall to queer, how gay men came of age across the generations. New York: Oxford University Press/Oxford Trade.

Halkitis, P.N. (2013). The AIDS generation: stories of survival and resilience. New York: Oxford University Press. [Paperback edition: 2014]

Halkitis, P.N. (2009). Methamphetamine addiction: biological foundations, psychological factors, and social consequences. Washington DC: APA Publications.

EDITED:

Halkitis, P.N. Wilton, L., & Drescher, J. (Eds.). (2006). Barebacking: Psychosocial and public health approaches. Binghamton, New York: Haworth Press.

Halkitis, P.N., Gomez, C., & Wolitski, R. (Eds.) (2005).  HIV + sex: The psychological and interpersonal dynamics of HIV-seropositive gay and bisexual men's relationships.  Washington DC: APA Publications.

Scholarly Activities
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)

Awards
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.

Social Media & Websites
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