Seth Kalichman

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Seth Kalichman
Occupation Professor
Known for Sexual Compulsivity Scale
Academic background
Influences Nicoli Nattrass
Academic work
Era 21st Century
Discipline Social psychology
Sub discipline Community psychologist
Institutions University of Connecticut
Main interests HIV/AIDS
Notable works Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, and Human Tragedy

Seth C. Kalichman is a clinical community psychologist and professor of social psychology at the University of Connecticut, who researches HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

Kalichman is the director of the Southeast HIV/AIDS Research & Education Project in Atlanta, Georgia and Cape Town, South Africa, the editor of the journal AIDS and Behavior and the author of Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, and Human Tragedy, an examination of HIV/AIDS denialism.[1][2][3][4] Royalties from the book fund antiretroviral drugs for people with HIV/AIDS in Africa.[3]

Kalichman spent a year infiltrating HIV denialist groups. He argues that denialism is often a coping strategy, and that followers are often anti-government, anti-establishment, and prone to cognitive distortions; he says that leaders in denialism exhibit paranoid personality disorder.[3][5] He began researching denialism after reading the work of Nicoli Nattrass.[3]

He is the developer of the Sexual Compulsivity Scale.[6]


  1. ^ Lemelle, Anthony (September 2009). "Seth Kalichman, Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, and Human Tragedy". Journal of African American Studies. Springer New York. 13 (3): 361–364. ISSN 1936-4741. doi:10.1007/s12111-009-9098-1. 
  2. ^ Moore, John P. (14 May 2009). "The dangers of denying HIV". Nature. 459 (7244): 168. Bibcode:2009Natur.459..168M. doi:10.1038/459168a. 
  3. ^ a b c d Wortman, James (3 August 2009). "Debunking the "Beehive" of AIDS Denialism". POZ. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Palmquist, Matt (3 November 2009). "Looking Back In Anger". Miller-McCune. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  5. ^ MacKenzie, Deborah (19 May 2010). "Living in denial: Why sensible people reject the truth". New Scientist. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Seth C. Kalichman; David Rompa. "The Sexual Compulsivity Scale:Further Development and Use With HIV-Positive Persons".

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