Robert C. Long Memorial Lecture in Mental Health Services Research

Ronald D. Stall, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences; Director, Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health (MMPH) Program
University of Pittsburgh

Health Disparities, Syndemics and Gay Men's Health

January 20, 2006
12:00 - 1:30 PM

Colonial Penn Center Auditorium

co-sponsored by Penn's
Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research (CMHPSR)
and the Penn Center For AIDS Research (Penn-CFAR)

Ronald D. Stall, Ph.D., M.P.H., an internationally-known HIV risk behavior researcher, is director of the Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health (MMPH) program and professor of behavioral and community health sciences with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Stall served as chief of the Prevention Research Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention with the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2000 to 2005.

A pioneer in the field of identifying HIV/AIDS risk behaviors, Dr. Stall established several key areas for HIV prevention through his recognition of the issue of relapse in HIV risk behaviors, the influence of alcohol on sexual risk behavior and his newest area of inquiry, the relationship of drug use, depression and poverty. He published some of the first papers on critical topics such as non-intravenous drug use and HIV, the epidemiology of AIDS and HIV risk among older Americans, the first national probability sample of gay men, and the first study to use empirical data to demonstrate the importance of maintaining safe sex behaviors.

Dr. Stall has a long and distinguished background in academic research. He served on the faculty of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for 15 years, and in the department of general/internal medicine for one year, before joining the CDC in 2000. While at UCSF, Dr. Stall was a longtime collaborator with UCSF’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) on projects including the AIDS Behavioral Research Project, the San Francisco Men’s Health Study and the Urban Men’s Health Study. In addition, he was an early collaborator with CAPS’ International Program and the Technology and Information Exchange (TIE) Core, having served as co-director of the TIE Core from 1996-1999. Dr. Stall also served as co-director of the Center’s Traineeships in AIDS Prevention Studies (TAPS) post-doctoral training program.

He has been a principal investigator of numerous research projects on topics including care for intravenous drug users with AIDS, AIDS risk education in older Americans, AIDS risk reduction among young gay men, history of substance abuse and sexual risk taking and HIV treatment adherence among alcohol abusers.

In addition, he has been the author or co-author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters on AIDS-related issues. He also has authored several official government reports, including “Changes in Sexual Risk for Infection with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Among Gay and Bisexual Men in San Francisco” for the World Health Organization and “AIDS as an Age-Defined Disease: The Social Epidemiology of AIDS Among Older Americans” for the National Institute on Aging.

Dr. Stall has co-edited several books and special issues of journals, including “Collaborative Community Research: Partnerships Between Research and Practice,” of Health Education and Behavior; “Intravenous Drug Use and AIDS: Preventing the Second Wave of the Epidemic,” of the Journal of Drug Issues; and the book “Anthropology and Epidemiology: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Health and Disease.”

He currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals: Social Aspects of AIDS, AIDS Education and Prevention, Journal of Sex Research and AIDS Care. He also has served on editorial boards of Medical Anthropology Quarterly (1986-94) and Drug and Alcohol Dependence (1988-91).

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