We are very pleased to announce the election of Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, a public health psychologist, infectious disease epidemiologist, applied statistician, researcher, educator, and advocate, and Dean of Rutgers School of Public Health, as the Association’s Chair-Elect. Beginning March 2022, Dr. Halkitis will lead the strategic vision of the Association’s Board of Directors for three years as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Immediate Past Chair.
For three decades, the focus of his research has been on the emergence, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases, specifically, HIV, HPV, and other sexually transmitted infections, and more recently SARS-CoV-2. His program of study has sought to disentangle the biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and structural mechanisms that predispose people and populations to these infectious diseases, and the synergies of infectious disease with mental health burden – including drug abuse – in sexual, gender, and racial, and ethnic minority populations.
Dr. Halkitis has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, is the author of several books, and actively disseminates knowledge to mainstream media.
His strong leadership, expertise, and sense of humor will continue to benefit ASPPH and our members in the years to come. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Halkitis to his new position.