Dr. Halkitis, Professor of Applied Psychology, Public Health and Medicine, is internationally recognized for his work examining the intersection between the HIV, drug abuse and mental health in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations, and is well known as one of the US’s leading experts on methamphetamine addiction and HIV behavioral research.
Dr. Halkitis is the author of more than 120 peer-reviewed academic manuscripts. His research examines how sexual and drug-related risk taking, as well as mental health, are influenced by intrapersonal, interpersonal, contextual, developmental and cultural factors in the United States. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, New York State AIDS Institute, United Way, the New York Community Trust, and American Psychological Foundation. Dr. Halkitis is lead editor of two volumes: HIV + Sex: The Psychological and Interpersonal Dynamics of HIV-seropositive Gay and Bisexual Men’s Relationships (American Psychological Association, 2005) and Barebacking: Psychosocial and Public Health Perspectives (Haworth Press, 2006). His book, Methamphetamine Addiction: Biological Foundations, Psychological Factors, And Social Consequences, was published in 2009, and he is currently working on a new manuscript examining the life experiences of gay men who are long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Halkitis serves on the Committee on Psychology and AIDS of the American Psychological Association, is a member of the Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Services Research Administration, as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) College of CSR Reviewers. He is the recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organizations, and is an elected fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine, The Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Halkitis is Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies, and Associate Dean at New York University (NYU). He is also an affiliate of the Center for AIDS Research and Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, also at NYU. Dr. Halkitis received his PhD in 1995 from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and is currently completing his Masters in Public Health in the field of epidemiology.