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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 HIV prevention. Dr. Dangerfield received his undergraduate training in sociology from Georgetown University and his PhD in preventive medicine 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 PrEP initiation and a qualitative study to identify HIV treatment adherence strategies among black men who have sex with men in Baltimore and Los Angeles.

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  • Publications/Research

    Dangerfield II, D. T., Harawa, N., McWells, C., Hilliard, C., Williams, J., Bluthenthal, R. (2018).  Developing a culturally congruent, peer-based intervention for Black men who have sex with men. Sexual Health 15 (5), 424-430)

    Dangerfield II, D. T., Harawa, N. T., Smith, L. R., Jeffries, W. L., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., & Bluthenthal, R. (2018). Latent classes of sexual risk among Black men who have sex with men and women. Archives of Sexual Behavior doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-1142-y

    Dangerfield II, D. T., Smith, L. R., Anderson, J. N., Bruce, O., Farley, J., Bluthenthal, R. (2017). Sexual positioning practices and sexual risk among black men who have sex with men: a life course perspective. AIDS and Behavior, 1–13. doi:10.1007/s10461-017-1948-6

    Dangerfield II, D.T., Ober, A. J., Smith, L. R., Shoptaw, S., & Bluthenthal, R. N. (2018). Exploring and Adapting a Conceptual Model of Sexual Positioning Practices and Sexual Risk Among HIV-Negative Black Men Who Have Sex With Men. The Journal of Sex Research, 1–11. doi:10.1080/00224499.2018.1433287

  • Awards/Honors
    • U.S. Fulbright Student Research Award, 2013
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award, 2012