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Perry N Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH

Dean and Professor, School of Public Health, Rutgers University, Rutgers University

Perry N Halkitis, Ph.D., M.S., MPH is Dean and Professor of Biostatistics and Social and Behavioral Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at Rutgers University. He is also Professor in the RWJ School of Medicine, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, and School of Public Affairs and Administration as well as a member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Dr. Halkitis’ program of research examines the intersection between the HIV epidemic, drug abuse, and mental health burden, and the biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and structural factors that predispose these and other health disparities in the LGBTQ population. CHIBPS (, the research center he founded also, serves as a training site for the next generation of scholars, and partners with community agencies to conduct studies for and with the LGBTQ population. His research program has been earned over $30 million in grant funding. Author of over 200 peer-reviewed academic manuscripts, Dr. Halkitis is also often cited in the press His last book, The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience is a 2014 Lambda Literary Award nominee and recipient of the American Psychological Association Distinguished Book Award in LGBT Psychology. Dr. Halkitis is Editor in Chief of the journal, Behavioral Medicine, and serves on numerous other editorial boards. He is the recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organization an is an elected a fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine, The Society of Behavioral Medicine, and in four divisions of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Halkitis holds degrees in psychology, education, and public health.

Throughout his career, Dr. Halkitis has been on the forefront, fighting for the rights of those infected with and affected by HIV, as well as being an outspoken advocate for the health of the LGBTQ population. He is actively involved in all aspects of community building and empowerment through the dissemination and translation of the innovative, timely, and valuable public health research that he and his team at CHIBPS undertake.

He serves on the Board of Directors of The New Jersey Public Health Association, Hyacinth Foundation, The Generations Project and the HIV League and has previously served on the boards of Body Positive, GMHC, and the New York State Public Health Association.

Dr. Halkitis holds degrees in psychology, education, and public health.


  • –present
    Professor of Applied Psychology, Public Health and Medicine; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Global Institute of Public Health, New York University


2017   Carl S. Schultz Award for Lifetime Achievement, American Public Health Association; Fellow New York Academy of Medicine, Society of Behavioral medicine, American Psychological Association