Perry N. Halkitis

Professor of Applied Psychology, Public Health and Medicine; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Global Institute of Public Health

Perry N. Halkitis

Phone: (212) 998 5373

Curriculum Vitae/Syllabi

Selected Presentations


Perry Halkitis was interviewed on The Michelangelo Signorile Show about how HPV affects gay men to clear up misinformation in the media.

Video Profile

Selected Publications

  • Methamphetamine Addiction: Biological Foundations, Psychological Factors, and Social Consequences (link)
  • Barebacking: Psychosocial And Public Health Approaches (link)
  • HIV + Sex: The Psychosocial And Interpersonal Dynamics Of Hiv-seropositive Gay And Bisexual Men's Relationships (link)

Editorial Boards

  • Behavioral Medicine, Editor-in-Chief
  • Editoral Boards:
  • AIDS Care
  • AIDS Prevention & Education
  • American Journal of Men's Health
  • Journal of Homosexuality
  • Jourrnal of Outcome Measurement
  • Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health
  • Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services
  • Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
  • Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation

About Perry Halkitis

My new book The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience has just been published by Oxford University Press. More information about this book project can be seen in this interview and this editorial in Huffington Post, as well as on Facebook.

You can also follow me and find our about future spekaing enegament on Twitter at DrPNHalkitis and at my webpage.

For almost two decades, my work has centered on improving the human condition. By focusing my research on issues of health, human behavior, and development, with a specific application to the domains of HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, and psychiatric, and psychosocial burdens, I have been able to address some of most important social and public health issues of our time. These areas of inquiry, while primarily rooted in the disciplines of psychology and public health, also cross and incorporate the domains of education and medicine. As such, I have developed a program of study at my research center, the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) guided by five main goals:

  1. To broaden our understanding of the synergistic epidemics of HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, and mental health disease by conducting research which creates and builds upon theories and recognizes and disentangles the complex interactions that occur between psychological, sociological, biomedical, and behavioral factors.
  2. To develop and test programs and interventions based on these theories and our own data which can be applied in real-life settings in order to (i) treat and improve the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and/or drug abuse in a manner which is "true" to realities of individuals, and (ii) prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse.
  3. To educate, inform, and involve members of the larger society regarding the issues of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse that function as a preventive mechanism, but also  develop a tolerance and understanding of the people living with these conditions.
  4. To broaden the field of human development by studying, expanding, and implementing biopsychosocial paradigms which examine the interconnectedness between health/physicality and the cognitive, social, and emotional domains.
  5. To consider  how the epidemics of HIV, drug abuse, and mental health burden are, in part, socially produced ills that must be addressed on both the structural and individual level.
CHIBPS is program of the NYU Institue for Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), and is a member organization of the NY HIV Centers Consortium .

Current active research studies include:

  1. a longitudinal investigation delineating the risk and resilencies of young gay and bisexual men as they emerge into adulthood (Project p18; Grant# R01DA025537);
  2. an investigation of the lived experiences and risk behaviors of aging HIV-positive gay men (Project GOLD; 3P30DA011041-20S1);
  3. a cross-sectional study of the neurocognitive and psychiatric states of HIV-positive men and women over age 50 undertaken with The Spencer Cox Health Center (Project Gold II)
  4. a study examining aspects of nutrition, excercise, and body image among gay men who are long term survivors of AIDS
  5. Earlier research funded by NIH include Project BUMPS, a study of club drugs in relation to risk taking among gay and bisexual men (Grant #R01DA13798), Project PILLS, a study of patterns and predictors of HIV medication adherence (Grant #R01DA12816), Project B2B, an exploratory study of intentional risk taking behaviors (Grant# R01DA13798-04S1), Project Access, an examination of the effectiveness of various strategies for engaging previously HIV-untested African American men into HIV testing (Grant #1UR6 PS000369).

    At the onset of my career as a behavioral researcher, I was one of the lead investigators for the CDC-funded Seropositive Urban Men’s Study (Grant #U62/CCU213605) and Seropositive Urban Men’s Intervention Trial (Grant #UR3/CCU216471). In 1999, the American Psychological Foundation granted the Placek Award for my work on methamphetamine addiction. I have also served as a Co-investigator on a dozen other projects and am a research scientist and co-director of the TL1 pre-doctoral training program at the NYU Center for Translational Science Institute funded by the NIH (Grant # 1U54RR024386)

    I have led two edited volumes: HIV + Sex: The Psychological and Interpersonal Dynamics of HIV-Seropositive Gay and Bisexual Men's Relationships (American Psychological Association (APA), 2005), and Barebacking: Psychosocial and Public Health Perspectives (Haworth Press, 2006).

    My  book, Methamphetamine Addiction: Biological Foundations, Psychological Factors, and Social Consequences was published by APA in 2009 and is a comprehensive look at all aspects of this drug addiction. Current Reviews for Academic Libraries indicated: "This book is a well-written, well researched, and comprehensive review of the current methamphetamine epidemic that is ravaging the U.S....a timely, useful reference for any health and human services professional or student seeking insight into methamphetamine use and its impact on the users, their associates, and communities." I am currently completing, The AIDS Generation (Oxford University Press, 2013),  which dcouments the life experiences and resilience of gay men who are long-term survivors of AIDS.

    Author of over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, I am a fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine, The Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Psychological Association (Divisions 38, 44, and 50).

    My faculty line is within the Department of Applied Psychology within the program of Counseling Psychology. I also hold an associated appointment in Public Health and with the Department of Population Health at the Langone School of Mediciene

    As a member of the New York University Clinical and Translational Science Institute, I co-direct the TL1 predoctoral fellows program and am a member of the Scientific Review Committee, and am an affiliated invetigator of the Center for Drug use and HIV Research at the NYU College of Nursing.

    I am a member and of the Committee on Psychology and AIDS at the American Psychological Association  (APA) and the Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men, and 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 (HRSA) .

    In 2013, I assumed the role of Editor in Chief for the journal Behavioral Medicine

Continuing Education Module - Drug Use and HIV

In this program from the American Psychological Association, participants will explore the relationships between mental health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.  Topics covered include: a) the effects of mental health and substance abuse disorders on sexual risk taking; b) the ways in which illicit drug use and mental health issues affect engagement and retention in HIV care; and, c) evidence-based approaches to the treatment of people with HIV/AIDS who struggle with co-occurring disorders.  Case study vignettes are used to highlight evidence-based treatment approaches applicable to clinical practice.

Click here to learn more and participate in the Interactive Classroom.

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. Graduate Center ,City University of New York 1995
    Quantitative Methods in Educational & Psychological Research
  • M.Phil. Graduate Center, City University of New York 1993
    Educational Psychology
  • M.S. Hunter College, City University of New York 1988
    Education/Human Development & Learning
  • B.A. Columbia University 1984
    Biology & Psychology
  • MPH CUNY School of Public Health 2013


  • 1999 : American Psychological Foundation, Wayne F. Placek Award
  • 2000 : New York University, Steinhardt School, Daniel E. Griffiths Research Award
  • 2002 : American Psychological Association, Committee on Psychology & AIDS, Leadership Award
  • 2003 : American Psychological Association, Division on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns, Distinguished Research Award
  • 2004 : New York University, Office of LGBT Student Services, Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Queer Community
  • 2004 : New York University, Steinhardt School, Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2005 : TheBody.com, HIV Prevention Leader Award
  • 2005 : New York Academy of Medicine, Elected Fellow
  • 2006 : American Psychological Association, Committe on Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Concerns, Outstanding Achivement Award
  • 2007 : Society of Behavioral Medicine, Elected Fellow
  • 2007 : American Psychological Association Elected Fellow (Divisions 38, 44, 50, 51)
  • 2010 : American Psychological Association, Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Early Career)
  • 2010 : Society of Behavioral Medicine, Research to Practice Dissemination Award
  • 2010 : New York University, Office of LGBT Student Services Award for Student Centered Dedication and Advocacy
  • 2010 : American Psychological Association Society for The Psychological Study Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (Division 44), Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training
  • 2012 : New York University, Office of LGBT Student Services Outstanding Advocate for Community & Wellness Award
  • 2012 : New York University Graduate Student Organization Star Award
  • 2012 : New York University-Health & Hospitals Corporation Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Translational Research Mentor Award
  • 2013 : New York State Department of Health World AIDS Day 2013 Commissioner’s Award

Research Interests

  • biopsychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS
  • biopsychosical aspects ofsubtance use, abuse, and dependence
  • LGBT identity
  • health and human development
  • social and behavioral determinants of health
  • epidemiology
  • intervention research
  • evaluation research
  • survey research
  • mixed methods
  • applied statistics
  • psychometrics/classical and modern test theories
  • quantitative methods in psychology, health, & education


  • See above