Rafael E. Perez Figueroa is an assistant professor and faculty fellow of public health in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Perez Figueroa holds a medical 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. His work focuses on the study of health disparities among sexual, racial, and ethnic minorities. Specifically, he studies public health issues related to HIV prevention and care, sexually transmitted infections, and substance use. Perez Figueroa undertakes 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. In 2011 Perez Figueroa received an NYU Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund as part of an interdisciplinary team of investigators for a study on HIV transmission and illicit drug use in the Dominican Republic. Currently, he conducts research in the Center for Health, Identity, Behaviors, and Prevention Studies under the mentorship of Dr. Perry Halkitis.