Faculty

Rafael E. Perez Figueroa

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Public Health

Rafael E. Perez Figueroa

Phone: (212) 998-5525; Fax: (212) 995-4510
Email:
Office Hours: By appointment.

Curriculum Vitae/Syllabi

Rafael E. Perez Figueroa is a research scientist whose work focuses on the study of health disparities among sexual, ethnic, and racial minorities. He studies public health issues related to HIV prevention and care, substance use/abuse, and sexually transmitted infections. He does this by engaging in theoretically driven research studies that seek to disentangle the effects of sexual identity, minority status, prejudice, and discrimination on the health outcomes of these populations. Perez Figueroa conducts research in the Center for Health, Identity, Behaviors, and Prevention Studies under the mentorship of Dr. Perry Halkitis. Currently, he is a fellow of the Interdisciplicary Research Training on Hispanic Drug Abuse of the National Institute of Drug Abuse. He has published articles in the American Journal of Public Health, AIDS Patient Care and STD, and Prevention Science, among other high impact peer-reviewed journals, and serves on the editorial board of Behavioral Medicine. He holds a M.D. degree from the Pontifical 'Madre y Maestra' Catholic University in the Dominican Republic and a M.P.H degree from NYU in Global Health Leadership.


Research Interests

  • Health Disparities
  • HIV Prevention and Care
  • Substance Use/Abuse
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Health Care Utilization
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Gay, Bisexual, and other MSM
  • Latinos Health Issues
  • Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Selected Publications

  • Halkitis PN, Figueroa RP. Sociodemographic characteristics explain differences in unprotected sexual behavior among young HIV-negative gay, bisexual, and other YMSM in New York City. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2013 Mar;27(3):181-90. PMID: 23442029. (link)
  • Siconolfi DE, Halkitis PN, Barton SC, Kingdon MJ, Perez-Figueroa RE, Arias-Martinez V, Karpiak S, Brennan-Ing M. Psychosocial and Demographic Correlates of Drug Use in a Sample of HIV-Positive Adults Ages 50 and Older. Prevention Science. 2013 Feb 14. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 23408281. (link)
  • Hajizadeh N, Perez-Figueroa R, Uhler L, Chiou E, Perchonok J, Montague E. Identifying design considerations for a shared decision aid for use at the point of outpatient clinical care: An ethnographic study at an inner city clinic. Journal of Participatory Medicine 2013;5. (link)
  • Hampton MC, Halkitis PN, Perez-Figueroa R, Kupprat SA. Religiousness, Spirituality, and Existential Well-being Among HIV-Positive Gay, Bisexual,and Other MSM Age 50 and Over, Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 2013;25:2,160-176. (link)
  • Halkitis PN, Kapadia F, Siconolfi DE, Moeller RW, Figueroa RP, Barton SC, Blachman-Forshay J. Individual, psychosocial, and social correlates of unprotected anal intercourse in a new generation of young men who have sex with men in New York City. American Journal of Public Health. 2013 May;103(5):889-95. PMID: 23488487. (link)
  • Kupprat, S.A.; Halkitis, P.N.; Pérez-Figueroa, R.E.; Solomon, T.M.; Ashman, T.; Kingdon, M.J.; Levy, M.D. (2013). Age- and education-matched comparison of aging HIV+ men who have sex with men to general population on common neuropsychological assessments. Journal of Health Psychology. Published online, November 20. (link)
  • Halkitis, P.N., Kupprat, S.A., Hampton, M.B., Perez-Figueroa, R., Pappas, M., Eddy, J.A., Ompad, D.C. (2012). Evidence for a syndemic in aging HIV-positive gay, bisexual, and other MSM: Implications for a holistic approach to prevention and healthcare. Annals of Anthropological Practice. 36(2), 365-386. (link)

Selected Presentations

  • Salas-Wright, C.P.; Olate, R.; Vaughn, M.G.; Pérez Figueroa, R.E.; Cordova, D. (March, 2014). The Pernicious Triad: Interactions between Substance Use, Violence, and HIV Risk Behavior in the Americas. [Poster Presentation] 2014 Society for Risk Analysis
  • Pérez-Figueroa, R.E.; Halkitis, P.N.; Kapadia, F.K. (November, 2013). Acceptability of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention among young men who have sex with men in New York City: attitudes and perceptions. [Oral Presentation] American Public Heal
  • Pérez-Figueroa, R.E.; Kapadia, F.; Ruiz, Y.; Ompad, D.C. (November, 2013). Acculturation as a Correlate for Unprotected Sex among Puerto Rican Drug Users in New York City. [Oral Presentation] American Public Health Association141st Annual Meeting. Boston
  • Kapadia, F.K.; Halkitis, P.N.; Barton, S.C.; Siconolfi, D.; Pérez-Figueroa, R.E. (November, 2013). Associations between social support network-characteristics and receipt of emotional and material support among a sample of sexual minority youth. [Poster
  • Pérez-Figueroa, R.E.; Halkitis, P.N. (October, 2013). Substance Use and Social Influences on Health Care Utilization among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in New York City. [Poster Presentation] National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse 13th Intern
  • Pérez-Figueroa, R.E. (October, 2012). Screening for Neisseria Gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia Trachomatis in HIV-Positive MSM Ages 50 and Older. [Poster Presentation] American Public Health Association140st Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Courses

Spring 2014

PUHE-GE 2357: LGBT Health Disparities

Instructor; graduate course

 

Spring 2014, 2013

APSY-GE 2450: HIV Prevention and Counseling; Psychoeducational Perspectives (NYU London)

Instructor; graduate course

 

Fall 2012

PUHE UE 1306: Introduction to Epidemiology

Guest lecturer; undergraduate course

 

Fall 2012

PUHE-UE 1321: Principles of Health Promotion and Education

Guest lecturer; undergraduate course