New York University’s Perry Halkitis, a professor of applied psychology and public health, is available for comment on HIV/AIDS and several related issues—mental health, drug abuse, and gay men’s health and well-being.
Halkitis, who directs the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, is internationally recognized for his work examining how sexual and drug-related risk taking, as well as mental health, are influenced by interpersonal, interpersonal, contextual, developmental, and cultural factors in the United States. He is well known as one of the nation’s leading experts on methamphetamine addiction, HIV behavioral research, and gay men’s health and well-being.
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). Author of more than 120 peer-reviewed academic manuscripts, Halkitis has written Methamphetamine Addiction: Biological Foundations, Psychological Factors, and Social Consequences (American Psychological Association, 2009) and is currently working on a manuscript examining the life experiences of gay men who are long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS. He is a regular contributor to the periodical Chelsea Now, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, OUT, Poz, and PBS’ “Frontline,” among other outlets.
Halkitis’ research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York State AIDS Institute, United Way, New York Community Trust, and American Psychological Foundation.
Halkitis is an affiliate at the Center for AIDS Research at NYU School of Medicine and the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research at NYU College of Nursing. He serves on the Committee on Psychology and AIDS of the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment of the CDC and Health Services Research Administration (HRSA). Halkitis is the recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organizations and is an elected a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Psychological Association.
Reporters interested in speaking with Halkitis should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.