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Derek Dangerfield II, PhD

Assistant Professor
Derek Dangerfield II
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Adult Health
  • Men's Health
  • Sexual Health


Derek Dangerfield’s research targets ways to reduce HIV/STIs and promote sexual health for sexual minority men. His expertise includes latent variable modeling, qualitative methodology, and Life Course theoretical approaches for research designs. Dr. Dangerfield received his undergraduate training in sociology from Georgetown University and his PhD in health behavior research at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. His work has been supported by the NIH, the National Science Foundation, and the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research. Currently, Dr. Dangerfield is leading an intervention to increase HIV risk perceptions and PrEP initiation among sexual minority men in Baltimore.

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  • Publications/Research

    Dangerfield, D. T., Kuo, I., Magnus, M., Beauchamp, G., Fields, S. D., Nelson, L., Shoptaw, S., Wilton, L., & Wheeler, D. P. (2021). Sexual Risk Profiles Among Black Sexual Minority Men: Implications for Targeted PrEP Messaging. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Doi:10.1007/s10508-021-02066-w

    Dangerfield II, D. T., Ober, A. J., Anderson, J. N., Gorbach, P., & Bluthenthal, R. N. (2021). Observational “go-alongs” of follow-up HIV care visits of two virally suppressed Black sexual minority men. Public Health Nursing. Doi:10.1111/phn.12960

    Farley, J.E., Dangerfield II, D.T., Larrici, J. Sacamano, P. Heidari, O., Lowensen, K., Jennings, J., Tobin, K. (2021) Community engagement and linkage to care efforts by peer community-health workers to increase PrEP uptake among sexual minority men. Public Health Nursing. Doi: 10.1111/phn.12887

    Dangerfield II, D. T., Wylie, C., & Anderson, J. N. (2021). Conducting Virtual, Synchronous Focus Groups Among Black Sexual Minority Men: Qualitative Study. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 7(2), e22980. Doi:10.2196/22980

    Gilreath, T. D., Dangerfield II, D. T., Montiel Ishino, F. A., Hill, A. V., & Johnson, R. M. (2021). Polytobacco use among a nationally-representative sample of black high school students. BMC Public Health, 21. Doi:10.1186/s12889-021-10228-7

    Dangerfield II, D.T., Cooper, J., Heidari, O., Winder, T.J.A., Allen, S., Lucas, G.M. (2020). Nursing and Healthcare Preferences among Opioid and Stimulant Using Black Sexual Minority Men: An Exploratory Study. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Doi: 10.1097/jnc.0000000000000201

    Dangerfield II, D. T., Heidari, O., Cooper, J., Allen, S., & Lucas, G. M. (2020). Motivations for opioid and stimulant use among drug using black sexual minority men: A life course perspective. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

  • Awards/Honors

    2017-2018  Postdoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2017  Dissertation Award for Distinction, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

    2013-2016  National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

    2013  U.S. Fulbright Student Research Award

    2012  National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award