Patrick Wilson, PhD, focuses on research related to HIV risk and prevention, ethnicity, and sexuality among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States. Dr. Wilson?s work falls into three broad topic areas including the intersecting roles that psychological factors (i.e., self-concept, identity, self-efficacy) and socio-contextual factors (i.e., social networks, discrimination and stigma, religion, trauma) play in explaining HIV risk and protective behaviors among ethnic minority MSM; the situational factors that may promote or prevent sexual risk-taking, substance use, and poor mental health among MSM; and the development, implementation, evaluation, and translation of primary and secondary HIV prevention interventions targeting youth and MSM. Cutting across these topical areas is his use of innovative and rigorous quantitative and qualitative methodologies to answer research questions of interest. Dr. Wilson?s research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Frank A. Calderone Junior Faculty Research Prize, Mailman School of Public Health, 2006
COR ?Star? Award, NIMH Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Annual Meeting, 2006
Excellence in Abstract Submission among New Investigators, HIV/AIDS Section, Annual Meeting of the APHA, 2005
Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology, Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, American Psychological Association, 2005
Selected New York City Activities:
Substance use and other factors associated with sexual risk taking among HIV-positive MSM: understanding the structure of high-risk sexual situations
This pilot study aims to better understand the contexts of sexual risk-taking for HIV-positive MSM by examining the role of substance use and other situational factors, as well as patterns in mental and physical health, in explaining risk behaviors. The findings from the proposed research will inform secondary prevention and treatment interventions targeted toward HIV-positive MSM.
Religion, sexuality, and responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic among African-American and Afro-Caribbean men who have sex with men in NYC
This study examines the role of men who have sex with men in shaping responses to HIV in different religious institutions in NYC. The study explores the different types of responses of Catholic and Baptist religious institutions have had to the HIV epidemic in NYC, and examine barriers and facilitators to effective prevention and intervention efforts targeting MSM.
Sexual risk-taking among young Black men who have sex with men: exploring the social and situational contexts of HIV risk, prevention, and treatment
This 4-year study utilizes quantitative and qualitative data to explore features of the social and situational contexts in which young (18-30 yrs old) Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) meet other men and engage in sexual behaviors. The study focuses on understanding the distal and proximal contextual factors associated with risk behavior. The study also explores resiliency and other personal and social factors associated with HIV protective behaviors among young BMSM, as well as describes the barriers and facilitators to effective HIV prevention and treatment in this population.
Wilson, P. A., & Moore, T. E. "Public health responses to the HIV epidemic among Black men who have sex with men: A qualitative study of health departments and communities in the U.S." American Journal of Public Health 99 1013-1022 2009
Wilson, P. A., Valera, P., Ventuneac, A., Balan, I., Rowe, M., & Carballo-Di?guez, A. "Race-based sexual stereotyping and sexual partnering among men who use the Internet to identify other men for bareback sex" Journal of Sex Research [Epub ahead of print] 2009
Wilson, P. A., D?az, R. M., Yoshikawa, H., & Shrout, P. E. "Drug use, interpersonal attraction, and communication: Situational factors as predictors of unprotected intercourse among Latino gay men" AIDS & Behavior [Epub ahead of print] 2008
Wilson, P. A., Cook, S. H., McGaskey, J., Rowe, M., & Dennis, N. "Situational predictors of sexual risk episodes among HIV-positive men who have sex with men" Sexually Transmitted Infections 84 506-508 2008
Wilson, P. A. "A dynamic-ecological model of identity conflict among African-American men who engage in bisexual behavior" Archives of Sexual Behavior 37 794-809 2008
Sikkema, K. J., Wilson, P. A., Hansen, N. B., Kochman, A., Neufeld, S., Gebrimichael, & M., Kershaw, T. "Effects of a coping intervention on transmission risk behavior among people living with HIV/AIDS and a history of childhood sexual abuse" Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 47 506-513 2008
Wilson, P. A., Hansen, N. B., Tarakeshwar, N., Neufeld, S., Kochman, A., & Sikkema, K. J. "Scale development of a measure to assess community-based and clinical intervention group environments." Journal of Community Psychology 36 271-188 2008
Wilson, P.A. & Yoshikawa, H. "Improving access to quality healthcare among African-American, Asian & Pacific Islander, and Latino lesbian, gay and bisexual populations." The Health of Sexual Minorities: Public Health Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations Ed. Meyer, I. & Northridge, M.E. Springer New York 2006
Wilson, P.A., & Yoshikawa, H. "Experiences of and responses to social discrimination among Asian and Pacific Islander gay men: their relationship to HIV risk" AIDS Education & Prevention 16 68-83 2004
Yoshikawa, H., Wilson, P.A., Chae, D. H., & Cheng, J. "Do family and friendship networks protect against the influence of discrimination on mental health and HIV risk among Asian and Pacific Islander gay men?" AIDS Education & Prevention 16 84-100 2004