Darren L. Whitfield, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor

Dr. Darren L. Whitfield is an assistant professor of social work and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social and Department of Psychiatry. As a researcher, his scholarship focuses on the areas of psychosocial, sociocultural, and structural factors associated with health outcomes for gay and bisexual men of color, systems of oppression on health outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities, and intersectional social identities for LGBTQ communities. Currently, Dr. Whitfield is studying the role of social and psychosocial factors on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use among gay and bisexual men of color. He currently serves on the editorial board for the journal Prevention Science and Scholars for the HIV Prevention Trial Network.

In addition to his research, Dr. Whitfield teaches at the School of Social Work’s BASW and MSW program, including Introduction to Social Work Research Methods, Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations, and Human Sexuality. Dr. Whitfield has more than 10 years of practice experience working in the HIV/AIDS field working at the AIDS Project of Central Iowa, The Virginia Department of Health, and The Kansas City Free Health Clinic. In his spare time, he volunteers with several agencies serving LGBTQ communities. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the Persad Center, the second oldest LGBTQ Community Center, the advisory board for the AIDS Free Pittsburgh Taskforce, and a commissioner for the Pittsburgh City Commission on AIDS.

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