Yale AIDS Colloquium Series (YACS) - Patrick Wilson
Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)
"Trauma, Resilience, and HIV Vulnerability among Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men"
Patrick Wilson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Wilson received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology at New York University, where he completed his dissertation on sexual risk-taking and drug use among Latino gay men. Dr. Wilson’s dissertation won Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology given by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Wilson completed an NIMH Postdoctoral fellowship in Public Health, with a concentration in HIV/AIDS, at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.
Dr. Wilson is an expert on HIV/AIDS in minority populations, particularly ethnic minority men who have sex with men (MSM), HIV-positive MSM, and HIV-positive youth. His work focuses on vulnerability, risk, and health-seeking behaviors among diverse groups of MSM, adherence and engagement in care, community-based responses to HIV/AIDS, and relationships among discrimination, mental health, identity, and risk. His research has explored interactions between sexual risk-taking and drug use and the relationship between ethnicity-based sexual stereotypes and sexual behavior. He recently completed several research projects, including “Substance use and other factors associated with sexual risk taking among HIV-positive MSM: understanding the structure of high-risk sexual situations” and “Religion, sexuality, and responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic among African-American and Afro-Caribbean men who have sex with men.” Dr. Wilson was also involved in the implementation, data collection and data analysis of a secondary HIV prevention intervention for people living with HIV who experienced childhood sexual abuse. The intervention, called LIFT: Living in the Face of Trauma, was shown to be efficacious based on CDC PRS criteria and was recently added to the CDC’s Compendium of HIV Prevention Interventions with Evidence of Effectiveness.
Dr. Wilson is currently the Principal Investigator on multiple NIH- and CDC-funded research projects. He has a CDC-funded study on social and situational factors affecting sexual risk-taking among young Black MSM, as well as an NIMH-funded study evaluating the efficacy of a brief care-based health promotion intervention for newly HIV diagnosed MSM. He is also the PI of a NIDA-funded study focused on the development of a daily proactive planning intervention to improve ART adherence among HIV-positive Black MSM. Wilson has been a member of the NIH-funded Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) since 2008 and is the Principal Investigator for two ATN studies: “Testing a Secondary Prevention Intervention for HIV-Positive Black Young Men Who Have Sex with Men” and “Feasibility of Using a Structured Daily Diary to Assess Mood, Stress, Support, Substance Use, and Sexual Behavior in HIV-positive Young MSM.” Finally, Dr. Wilson is also the co-investigator on a program grant from the NIMH that funds The HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University.
Dr. Wilson is also a leading authority on methods in behavioral HIV research. He has published and presented on a number of research methods-related topics, including ethics in HIV research, measurement and scale development, and the use of structured sex diaries, a unique data collection strategy that has proved useful in his own research. Dr. Wilson has been teaching a graduate-level course on survey research methods since 2006 and has supervised a number of Master’s degree theses and Doctoral degree dissertations. He has collaborated with several community-based organizations in research and technical assistance, including the Global Forum on MSM & HIV, the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and the Research Triangle Institute of the National Institute of Health.
Sponsored by CIRA, the Yale School of Public Health's Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, and Yale's Institution for Social and Policy Studies, the Yale AIDS Colloquium Series is an interdisciplinary academic forum for discussion of HIV/AIDS-related research and policy. CIRA's mission is to support the conduct of interdisciplinary research focused on the prevention of HIV infection and the reduction of negative consequences of HIV disease in vulnerable and underserved populations nationally and abroad.
When & Where
Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University
CIRA is supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grant No. P30MH062294.
Paul D. Cleary, Ph.D., Principal Investigator