My research interests are in global health, HIV preventive interventions among sexual, racial and ethnic minority populations, and social determinants of health. Trained in infectious disease epidemiology and social and behavioral interventions, I have worked with sexual and ethnic minority populations in urban and rural areas in Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam, and in several urban areas in the United States. Currently, I am principal investigator of several intervention-related projects that directly respond to the escalating HIV epidemic among young men who have sex with men (MSM) in Thailand and other parts of Asia. Moreover, I am the scientific advisor on several research and implementation projects with the World Health Organization; UN International Labor Organization; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and the Thailand Ministry of Public Health in understanding HIV risks among MSM, transgender and sex worker populations in Asia and the Pacific.
On-going research projects
- Developing a community-level behavioral intervention for young MSM in Thailand
- Digital media, the Internet and sexual violence among youths in Thailand
- Asian Internet MSM Sex Survey
- HIV risks and weight status among MSM in the US
- De La Mano con La Salud: A male lay health advisor network for Latino men (Allegheny County, PA
At the University of Pittsburgh, I am a faculty member in the NIMH-funded T32 pre/postdoctoral training program on HIV-related health disparities among MSM where I mentor students and co-teach PUBHLT 2018 Overview of LGBT Health Disparities. I also guest lecture several courses on global health, behavioral and community aspects of heath and research methodologies at the School of Medicine, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Social Work and the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
In Thailand, I teach courses on gender, sexuality and health to graduate students at Mahidol University where I also hold a joint appointment at the Center for Health Policy Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.
I serve on several academic and foundational boards and grant review committees in the US and Asia, including the Fulbright Fellowship program. I also review manuscripts for several journals including AIDS and Behavior, AIDS Care, American Journal of Health Behavior, American Journal of Public Health, Archives of Sexual Behavior, British Medical Journal Open, Emerging Themes of Epidemiology, Health Psychology, International Journal of Psychology and Counseling, International Journal of Transgenderism, Journal of AIDS and Clinical Research, Journal of Environment and Public Health, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Urban Health, as well as abstracts for the International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP); the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS); the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) annual meetings.