Daniel Jacobson López, PhD, MSW, LSW

Postdoctoral Associate, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Postdoctoral Associate, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology


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Personal Statement

Dr. Daniel Jacobson López's primary research focuses on the sexual assault of gay Latino and Black male sexual assault survivors.  Specifically, his work  is centered on enhancing and developing trauma-informed, culturally-relevant and evidenced-based health care services for gay male sexual assault survivors of color.  He is currently involved in various research projects focused on violence against gay Black and Latino men, LGBT individuals, and the effects of COVID-19 on people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).


Dr. López was previously an intern with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is a SAMHSA Doctoral Minority Fellow and Schweitzer Fellow alumnus.  Currently, he is a CEED Diversity Scholar at the Insitute for Clinical Research Education and Clinical and Translation Science Institute at Pitt. 


He is the first Latino PhD graduate at Pitt’s School of Social Work and founder of the first Latinx graduate student organization (LAGOS) at Pitt. He has received awards from Black Men at Penn and the Center for Hispanic Excellence from the University of Pennsylvania, for his advocacy for Black and Latinx students.  He is a Licensed Social Worker and a Certified Sexual Assault Counselor.  Additionally, he has a doctoral certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Daniel is also a trained anti-bias facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League.  He is currently Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for  UPPDA (first ever to be appointed) and  a member of the Plan of Action Against Racial Disparities (PAARD) Committee in IDM, among other  executive boards at Pitt. 




2019 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | PhD 

2015 | University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA | MSW

2010 | Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY | BA 



CEED Diversity Scholar | Clinical and Translational Science Institute | University of Pittsburgh 

Doctoral Minority Fellow | Council on Social Work Education | SAMHSA DHHS

Fellow | Pittsburgh Region | Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program 

Intern Junior Researcher | Gender Equity in Public Administration | United Nations 



Kevin Corcoran Endowed Dissertation Award | School of Social Work | University of Pittsburgh 

Barbara Shore Doctoral Student Award | School of Social Work | University of Pittsburgh 

Combating Racism Award | Black Men at Penn | University of Pennsylvania 

Leadership Award | Center for Hispanic Excellence, La Casa Latina | University of Pennsylvania 

Selected Publications

Wei, K., Jacobson López, D., & Wu, S. (2019) The Role of Language in Anti-Immigrant Prejudice: What Can We Learn From Immigrants’ Historical Experiences? Social Sciences. 8 (3), 1-18.


Whitfield, D. L., Coulter, R., Langenderfer-Magruder, L., & Jacobson, D. (2018) Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence among Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender college students: An intersectional analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 1-25.

Daniel  Jacobson López