Psychologists Available to Discuss World AIDS Day

Article ID: 665506

Released: 29-Nov-2016 9:00 AM EST

Source Newsroom: American Psychological Association (APA)

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WHAT: World AIDS Day, on Thursday, Dec. 1, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and raise awareness of the continuing epidemic around the globe. The American Psychological Association suggests several psychologists who can talk about different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women and ethnic minorities.

WHO: Perry Halkitis, PhD New York Work: (212) 998-5373Email:

Halkitis is a professor of global public health, applied psychology and medicine as well as the director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at New York University. He is also an affiliate of the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research at NYU. His research examines the intersection of the HIV epidemic, drug abuse and mental health. His latest book is “The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience.” He is working on a new book, “Out in Time,” which will examine the coming out life stories of gay men across three generations. He tweets at @DrPNHalkitis. Click here to see his webpage and listen here to a podcast interview.

Ramani Durvasula, PhDLos AngelesCell: (310) 435-8010Email: Durvasula, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California, and professor of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where she was named Outstanding Professor in 2012. She is past-chair of APA’s Committee on Psychology and AIDS and can speak about women of all ages who are living with HIV, treating HIV patients with personality disorders and prevention.

Scyatta Wallace, PhD Brooklyn, New York Cell: (347) 470-6605 Email:

Wallace is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at St. John’s University in New York. She has received several federal and foundation grants for her research examining gender and cultural influences associated with HIV risk among urban black adolescents and young adults. She also works with community organizations and schools serving teen girls/young women on curriculum development, training and program evaluation. As a member of the American Psychological Association Committee on Psychology and AIDS, she was the co-lead for a national HIV awareness partnership between the APA and BET Network. She has been featured in many media outlets including BET, and Wallace can talk about HIV/AIDS prevention among youth, African-Americans and incarcerated populations.

Fayth Parks, PhD Statesboro, Georgia Cell: (803) 397-7578 Email:

Parks is an associate professor and licensed psychologist in the Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development at Georgia Southern University. She is chair of APA’s Committee on Psychology and AIDS and an expert on HIV in rural areas and the southern United States. Specifically, she examines how culturally derived healing can help eliminate health disparities. APA also has useful HIV/AIDS resources on its website, including:

World AIDS DayHIV among African-AmericansBlog posts on HIV/AIDS IssuesCombined HIV Prevention and Treatment: Biomedical and Behavioral Approaches

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