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John Peterson

Emeritus, Professor    

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1974,


AIDS risk reduction, HIV health disparities, and engagement in HIV care


My primary research interests focus on predictors of AIDS risk reduction and the determinants of health disparities as well as on factors that influence engagement in the continuum of HIV care. Our studies examine the sociocultural and psychological factors associated with high-risk sexual behavior, the effects of behavioral interventions to reduce this risk behavior, and social determinants of racial disparity in HIV infection and engagement in care, among men who have sex with men (MSM). Recent completed research includes a longitudinal study that examined determinants of HIV infection among black and white MSM in Atlanta in collaboration with colleagues at the Emory University School of Public Health. Current research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention involves randomized control trials of behavioral interventions with large samples of black MSM in Texas in collaboration with colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.

My secondary research interests focus on sexual prejudice and aggression toward sexual minorities, which includes collaborative studies with department colleagues on the interactive effects of sexual prejudice and gender role norms on violence toward gay men and lesbians recruited in community samples and non-laboratory college samples.


For a list of my publications, please see Google Scholar.