William W. Latimer is an infectious disease epidemiologist. He is the founding dean of the City University of New York, Lehman College School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing in the Bronx, New York; Extraordinary Professor of Psychology, School of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa; and Producer and Host of Public Health Minute, a radio show aired on public radio stations throughout the US.
Early life and education
Latimer was born in Schenectady, New York in 1963. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1985 with a double major in English and Psychology having studied American Literature with John Lydenberg. During his Master’s education at Columbia University he was introduced to cognitive and educational psychology by Dr. Joanna Williams which was to partially shape his NIH-funded research in later years focusing on the development of cognitive executive functions to promote health equity and resilience in vulnerable populations. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island (1993), completed his internship at Albany Medical College with Mike Nichols, Ph.D. (1993), a post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Health at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital with Robert Blum, M.D., Ph.D. (1995), and a Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota (2000).
Latimer was named the founding dean of the City University of New York, Lehman College School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing effective September 1, 2014. Prior to his appointment as dean, he was the inaugural Elizabeth Faulk Chair of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, College of Public Health and Health Professions (2011-2014), Assistant and Associate Professor of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2000-2011) and Research Associate at the University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, College of Education and Human Development (1995-2000). He completed his post-doctoral training in adolescent health at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Health (1993-1995) which culminated in a Scientist Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Latimer has published over 100 papers on neurodevelopmental factors related to infectious disease transmission, treatment engagement and outcome in vulnerable populations. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1995, including multiple research project grants, an NIH-funded T-32 Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program and a State Department-funded Humphrey Fellowship Program. A primary focus of his research has been an examination of how variations in neuropsychological executive functions in adolescence and adulthood predict an array of health outcomes, including infectious disease transmission, incarceration and addiction. Latimer has conducted studies to prevent infectious disease transmission and promote health in adolescent and adult populations in the US, South Africa, Russia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
Public Health Minute
In 2013, Latimer founded Public Health Minute a radio show initially broadcast on Public Radio station member, WUFT at the University of Florida. The 60-second radio show is designed to translate current research findings from expert researchers to communities. The show was originally developed based on reports by the Institute of Medicine that evidence-based practices take 17 or more years to reach the public. The radio show provides advice on health-related issues to communities in real-time as research findings are published in scientific, peer-reviewed journals. Public Health Minute reaches 2.5 million listeners nationwide each week airing after Morning Edition and All Things Considered on Public Radio member stations, including WUFT (Gainesville, Florida), WVAS (Montgomery, Alabama), KBFT (Bois Forte Tribal, Minnesota), KUMD (Duluth, Minnesota), WTIP (Grand Marais, Minnesota), KGLT (Bozeman, Montana), KTXK (Texarkana, Texas), WOJB (Reserve, Wisconsin), WMSV (Mississippi State University, Mississippi), and WCBU (Peoria, Illinois).
- Dunne, E. M., Burrell, L. E., Diggins, A. D., Whitehead, N. E. and Latimer, W. W. (2015), Increased risk for substance use and health-related problems among homeless veterans. American Journal on Addictions, 24, 676–680.
- Trenz, R. C., Dunne, E. M., Zur, J., & Latimer, W. W. (2015). An investigation of school-related variables as risk and protective factors associated with problematic substance use among vulnerable urban adolescents. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 10(2), 131-140.
- Hearn, L. E., Whitehead, N. E., Khan, M. R., & Latimer, W. W. (2014). Time Since Release from Incarceration and HIV Risk Behaviors Among Women: The Potential Protective Role of Committed Partners During Re-entry. AIDS and Behavior, 1-8.
- Keen, L., Khan, M., Clifford, L., Harrell, P. T., & Latimer, W. W. (2014). Injection and non-injection drug use and infectious disease in Baltimore City: Differences by race. Addictive behaviors, 39(9), 1325-1328.26
- Harrell P.T., Trenz R., Scherer M., Martins S., Latimer W. (2013). A latent class approach to treatment readiness corresponds to a transtheoretical ("Stages of Change") model. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. [Epub ahead of print].
- Whitaker, D., Graham, C.M., Severtson, S.G., Furr-Holden, C.D. & Latimer, W.W. (2012). Neighborhood & Family Effects on Learning Motivation among Urban African American Middle School Youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 21(1):131-138.
- Trenz, R. C., Harrell, P., Scherer, M., Mancha, B., & Latimer, W. (2012). A model of school problems, academic failure, alcohol initiation, and the relationship to adult heroin injection. Substance Use and Misuse. 47(10): 1159-1171.
- Mancha, B.E., Rojas, V.C., & Latimer, W.W. (2012). Alcohol use, alcohol problems, and problem behavior engagement among students at two schools in northern Mexico. Alcohol. 46(7): 695-701.
- Hedden, S.L., Hulbert, A., Cavanaugh, C.E., Parry, C., Moleko, A.G., Latimer, W.W. (2011). Alcohol, drug and sexual risk behavior correlates of recent transactional sex among female black South African drug users. Journal of Substance Use. 16(1), 57-67.
- Severtson, S. G., Mitchell, M. M., Hulbert, A., Latimer, W. (2010). The relationship between performance on the Shipley Institute of Living Scale (SILS) and hepatitis C infection among active injection drug users in Baltimore, Maryland. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 36(1), 61-65.
- Floyd, L. J., Alexandre, P. K., Hedden, S. L., Lawson, A. L., Giles, N., & Latimer, W. (2010). Adolescent drug dealing and race/ethnicity: A population based study of the differential impact of substance use on involvement in drug trade. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 36(2), 87-91.23
- Hedden, S., Whitaker, D., Floyd, L., & Latimer, W. (2009, April). Gender differences in the prevalence and behavioral risk factors of HIV in South African drug users. AIDS and Behavior, 13(2), 288-296.
- Severtson, S., & Latimer, W. (2008, April). Factors related to correctional facility incarceration among active injection drug users in Baltimore, MD. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 94(1), 73-81.
- Noted Epidemiologist Dr. William W. Latimer named dean of Lehman College’s new School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing. (2014, February 14). Retrieved January 12, 2016, from http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2014/02/14/noted-epidemiologist-dr-william-w-latimer-named-dean-of-lehman-colleges-new-school-of-health-sciences-human-services-and-nursing/
- "William W. Latimer, Ph.D., M.P.H. CV" (PDF).
- Latimer '85 Named Founding Dean. (2014, March 4). Retrieved January 12, 2016, from http://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=17522
- PHHP Names New Department Chair William W. Latimer, Ph.D., M.P.H. (2011, November 7). Retrieved January 12, 2016, from http://chp.phhp.ufl.edu/2011/11/07/phhp-names-new-department-chair-william-w-latimer-ph-d-m-p-h/
- Scientist Development Award (K21) - Career Development Awards - Behavioral Therapies Development Program - NIDA. (n.d.). Retrieved January 12, 2016, from http://archives.drugabuse.gov/BTDP/Funded/K21.html
- "NIDA Epidemiology Training Program: Johns Hopkins University | Funded Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Programs". Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
- "Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in Drug Abuse | Funded Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Programs". Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
- "Project Information (RANDOMIZED TRIAL OF IFCBT-HIVPI TO PREVENT HIV AMONG NON-INJECTION DRUG USERS) - NIH RePORTER - NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools Expenditures and Results". projectreporter.nih.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
- "Project Information (YOUTH DRUG ABUSE FAMILY AND COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY) - NIH RePORTER - NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools Expenditures and Results". projectreporter.nih.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
- "Project Information (NEUROLOGICAL INFLUENCES ON DRUG PREVENTION INTERVENTION) - NIH RePORTER - NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools Expenditures and Results". projectreporter.nih.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
- "Project Information (ADAPT INTEGRATED FAMILY CBT INTO HIV PREVENTION INTERVENTION FOR PREGNANT WOMEN) - NIH RePORTER - NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools Expenditures and Results". projectreporter.nih.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
- "Project Information (FOUR-ARM RCT OF BRIEF MI VS. COUPLES-BASED HIV/STI PREVENTION IN SOUTH AFRICA) - NIH RePORTER - NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools Expenditures and Results". projectreporter.nih.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
- ""Public Health Minute" launches new website". www.wuft.org. Retrieved 2016-01-12.