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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 men who have sex with men (MSM) using complex mixture modelling, qualitative methodology, and community based participatory approaches.  Dr. Dangerfield received his undergraduate degree in Sociology at Georgetown University and his PhD in Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His research has been supported by the U.S. Department of State, the National Science Foundation, and the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research. Currently, Dr. Dangerfield is leading two qualitative studies in Baltimore City and Los Angeles exploring opioid use patterns and HIV treatment adherence strategies among African American MSM. 

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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