Perry N. Halkitis

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Perry N. Halkitis
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Perry N. Halkitis
Born February 24, 1963
New York, NY
Occupation Professor
Nationality United States
Subject Psychology

Perry N. Halkitis (born February 24, 1963) is an American psychologist known for his research on issues of health, human behavior, and developmental psychology, with a specific application to the domains of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental health burden.

Background and career[edit]

Halkitis received his B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Columbia University, his masters in Education/Human Development and Learning from City University of New York (CUNY): Hunter College, a Masters of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from CUNY: Graduate Center, and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Methods in Educational and Psychological Research from CUNY: Graduate Center. Halkitis is Associate Dean for Research & Doctoral Studies, Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Health, and Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) [1] at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, a division of New York University.[2] Halkitis has been actively involved in governance with the American Psychological Association Committee on Psychology and AIDS, (COPA) 2010-2012 and the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns,[3][4] Halkitis is also a research affiliate of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at New York University School of Medicine.[5] and Co-Director of the New York University's Clinical and Translational Science Institute TL1 Predoctoral Program. Prior to his current positions, Halkitis was Director of Research at Gay Men's Health Crisis. He is internationally recognized for his work examining the intersection between the HIV, drug abuse, and mental health syndemics,[4] and is well known as one of the nation’s leading experts on addictions, specially methamphetamine. In addition, Halkitis has undertaken extensive work in psychometrics.

Degrees held[edit]

Ph.D. Graduate Center, City University of New York 1995 Psychology: Quantitative Methods in Psychology & Education

M.Phil. Graduate Center, City University of New York 1993 Educational Psychology

M.S. Hunter College, City University of New York 1988 Education/Human Development & Learning

B.A. Columbia University 1984 Biology & Psychology


Halkitis’ research examines how risk taking is influenced by interpersonal, contextual and cultural factors, especially with regard to the AIDS pandemic and drug abuse in the United States, and this research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York City Department of Health, New York State AIDS Institute, United Way of America, and American Psychological Foundation. The focus of his research involves health, human behavior, and development, with a specific application to the domains of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse. Halkitis has been able to address some of most important social and public health issues of our time. These areas of inquiry are extremely important, because while primarily rooted in the principles of psychology, they also cross and incorporate the domains of public health, medicine, and education.


He recently was 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 (2006, Haworth Press).


  • Halkitis, P.N. (2013). The AIDS Generation: Stories and Survival of Resilience. The AIDS Generation: Stories and Survival of Resilience
  • Halkitis, P. N. (2009). Methamphetamine addiction: Biological foundations, psychological factors, and social consequences.[6] Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Halkitis, P. N. Wilton, L., & Drescher, J. (Eds.). (2006). Barebacking: Psychosocial and public health approaches. Binghamton, New York: Haworth Press.
  • Halkitis, P. N., Gomez, C., & Wolitski, R. (Eds.) (2005). HIV + sex: The psychological and interpersonal dynamics of HIV-seropositive gay and bisexual men's relationships. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Selected recent academic publications[edit]

  • Halkitis, P.N., Pollock, J.A., Pappas, M.K., Dayton, A., Moeller, R.W., Siconolfi, D. & Solomon. T. (2011). The synergies of substance use and sexual risk taking among gay, bisexual, and other MSM in New York City in the era of HIV/AIDS. Substance Use and Misuse.
  • Halkitis, P.N. (2010). Reframing HIV prevention for gay men in the United States. American Psychologist, 65(8).
  • Halkitis, P.N., Manasse, A., & McCready, K.C. (2010). Illicit drug use in a community-based sample of heterosexually-identified emergent adults. Journal of Child and Adolescent Drug Use, 19(4), 300-308.
  • Halkitis, Perry N.; Kupprat, Sandra A.; Pandey Mukherjee, Pandey (January 2010). "Longitudinal associations between case management supportive services utilization among Black and Latina HIV-positive women in New York City". Journal of Women's Health. Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 19 (1): 99–108. doi:10.1089/jwh.2008.1315. PMID 20088665. 
  • Halkitis, P.N., Siconolfi, D., Fumerton, M., & Barlup. K. (2009). Facilitators of barebacking among emergent adult gay and bisexual men: implications for HIV prevention. Journal of LGBT Health Research, 4(1).
  • Halkitis, P.N., & Jerome, R. (2008). A comparative analysis of methamphetamine use: black gay and bisexual men in relation to men of other races. Addictive Behaviors, 33, 83-93.
  • Halkitis, P.N., Moeller, R.W., & DeRaleau, L.B. (2008). Steroid use in gay, bisexual, and non-identified men-who-have-sex-with-men: relations to masculinity, physical and mental health. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 9(2), 106-115.
  • Halkitis, P.N., Moeller, R.W., & Pollock, J. (2008). Sexual practices of gay, bisexual and other non-identified MSM attending New York City gyms: patterns of serosorting, strategic positioning, and context selection. Journal of Sex Research, 45(3),453-461
  • Halkitis, P.N., Moeller, R. W., Siconolfi, D., Jerome, R, Rogers, M., & Schillinger, J. (2008). Methamphetamine and poly-substance use among gym-attending gay and bisexual men in NYC. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 41-48.
  • Halkitis, P.N., & Palamar, J. (2008). Multivariate modeling of club drug use initiation among gay and bisexual men. Substance Use & Misuse, 43, 871-879.
  • Halkitis, P.N., Palamar, J.J., & Pandey Mukherjee, P. (2008). Analysis of HIV medication adherence in relation to person & treatment characteristics using hierarchical linear modeling. AIDS Patient Care & STDs, 22(4), 1-15.
  • Halkitis, P.N., Pandey Mukherjee, P., & Palamar, J.J. (2008). Hierarchical linear modeling of methamphetamine use and sexual risk behaviors in gay and bisexual men. AIDS and Behavior.


Halkitis is recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organizations, and was elected a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine in 2005.

  • 1999 : American Psychological Foundation (APF), Wayne F. Placek Award
  • 2000 : New York University, Steinhardt School, Daniel E. Griffiths Research Award
  • 2002 : American Psychological Association, Committee on Psychology & AIDS, Leadership Award
  • 2003 : American Psychological Association, Division on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns, Distinguished Research Award
  • 2004 : New York University, Office of LGBT Student Services, Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Queer Community
  • 2004 : New York University, Steinhardt School, Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2005 :,[7] HIV Prevention Leader Award[8]
  • 2005 : New York Academy of Medicine, Elected Fellow
  • 2006 : American Psychological Association, Committee on Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Concerns, Outstanding Achievement Award
  • 2007 : Society of Behavioral Medicine, Elected Fellow
  • 2009 : American Psychological Association, Division of Addictions, Elected Fellow
  • 2009 : New York University Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee
  • 2010 : New York University Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee
  • 2010 : New York University, Office of LGBT Student Services Award for Student Centered Dedication and Advocacy
  • 2010 : Society of Behavioral Medicine, Research to Practice Dissemination Award
  • 2010 : American Psychological Association, Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology In Public Interest (Early Career)


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