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Promoting Health Equity Locally and Globally Through HIV Biomedical Advances
April 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Perry N Halkitis, Ph.D., M.S., MPH is a public health psychologist, researcher, educator, and advocate who 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, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, School of Health Professions, and School of Public Affairs and Administration; and he is a member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Global Health Institute. Dr. Halkitis is also Professor Emeritus at the College of Global Public Health at New York University
Prior to these roles, Dr. Halkitis was professor of global public health, applied psychology, and medicine, and the inaugural senior associate dean of academic and faculty affairs at the College of Global Public Health at New York University. From 2005-2013, he was the founding associate dean for research and doctoral studies at the Steinhardt School and he also served as co-director of the TL1 pre-doctoral training program at the NYU Medical School-Health and Hospitals Corporation Clinical and Translation Science Institute.
For three decades, Dr. Halkitis’ program of research has examined the intersection between HIV, HPV and other STIs, drug abuse, and mental health burden, with regard to the biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and structural factors that predispose these and other health disparities in the LGBTQ population. His work focuses in the translation of this knowledge through implementation science research that examines the effectveness tailored and adaptive interventions in order to prevent these disparities. Dr. Halkitis is the founder and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), 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. His research program has been awarded over $30 million in grant funding, and he is currently an investigator on four NIH-funded studies.
His last book, The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, is a 2014 Lambda Literary award nominee, and recipient of the American Psychological Association Distinguished Book Award in LGBT Psychology. Dr. Halkitis also is author of Methamphetamine Addiction: Biological Foundations, Psychological Factors, and Social Consequences, which was published in 2009. His new book, Out in Time, which examines the coming out life stories of gay men across three generations, will be published in 2019. Author of some 250 peer-reviewed academic manuscripts, Dr. Halkitis is also often cited in the media.
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, and in four divisions of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Halkitis serves on the Board of Directors of Hyacinth Foundation, the HIV League, and the New Jersey Public Health Association, as well as the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Tyler Clementi Center and Safehouse. He previously served on the boards of Body Positive, GMHC, the Generations Project, and the New York State Public Health Association.
Dr. Halkitis holds degrees in psychology, education, and public health.