Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1974
AIDS risk reduction, HIV health disparities, and engagement in HIV care
Dr. John Peterson’s primary research interests focused 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. His studies examined 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). Dr. Peterson’s 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. Research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention involved 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.
Dr. Peterson’s secondary research interests focused on sexual prejudice and aggression toward sexual minorities, which included 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.