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Derrick D Matthews, PhD, MPH


2133 Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
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Primary Phone: 967-179-8679

Personal Statement

Dr. Matthews joined the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in September 2015. His research is focused upon the disproportionate burden the HIV epidemic has on Black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the US. Specifically, his work examines those mechanisms that explain these health disparities with the goal of designing interventions aimed at interrupting those processes that facilitate HIV-related health disparities. His current work is focused on the integration of biological assessment of HIV health status, such as viral suppression, among HIV surveillance studies of Black MSM in order to more accurately and completely understand the HIV care continuum. 

Dr. Matthews is a member of the Center for LGBT Health Research at Pitt, where his current NIAID-funded research is establishing the feasibility of including dried blood spot laboratory techniques in routine HIV surveillance studies with Black MSM. He has served as Chair of the American Public Health Association LGBT Caucus of Public Health Professionals, and before arriving to Pittsburgh also served as an HIV test counselor. 


2005 | Rice University, Houston, TX | BA, English

2007 | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI | MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education
2013 | The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC | PhD, Health Behavior

2015 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | Postdoctoral Fellowship, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Selected Publications

Matthews, D. D., Smith, J. C., Brown, A. L., & Malebranche, D.
J. (2016). Reconciling Epidemiology and Social Justice in the Public Health Discourse Around the Sexual Networks of Black Men Who Have Sex With Men. American Journal of Public Health, 106, 808-814. 


Gulov, K., Coulter, R.W. S., Matthews, D. D., Uzzi, M., & Stall, R. (2016.) HIV and STIs in Tajikistan: Laboratory-Confirmed Diagnoses of and Self-Reported Testing Behaviors. AIDS and Behavior, 20, 341-349. 

Matthews, D. D., Herrick, A. L., Coulter, R. W. S., Friedman, M. R., Mills, T. C., Eaton, L. A., Wilson, P. A., Stall, R. D., & POWER study team. (2016). Running Backwards: Consequences of HIV Incidence Rates for the Next Generation of Black MSM in the United States. AIDS and Behavior, 20, 7-16.


Matthews, D. D., & Lee, J. G. L. (2014). A profile of southeastern lesbian, gay, and bisexual health disparities, North Carolina, 2011. American Journal of Public Health, 104, e98-e105.

Matthews, D. D., Blosnich, J. R., Farmer, G.W., & Adams, B. J. (2014).

Operational definitions of sexual orientation and estimates of adolescent health risk behaviors. LGBT Health, 1, 42-49.

Roberts, E. T., & Matthews, D. D. (2012). HIV and Chemoprophylaxis, the importance of considering social structures alongside biomedical and behavioral intervention. Social Science & Medicine, 75, 1555-1561.

Hightow-Weidman, L. B., Fowler, B., Matthews, D. D., Pike, E., Kibe, J., & McCoy, R. (2012). Feasibility, Acceptability and Preliminary Efficacy of an Internet Intervention for Young Black Men Who have Sex with Men. AIDS Care, 24, 910-920. 

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