Perry N. Halkitis, senior associate dean of New York University's College of Global Public Health, has been named dean of the School of Public Health at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is expected to join Rutgers in August 2017.Halkitis is also professor of global public health, applied psychology and medicine and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at NYU, where he has focused a significant amount of his research on HIV/AIDS and drug abuse as well as the impact of psychiatric and psychosocial factors on mental health.
“Dr. Halkitis’s experience includes a broad range of outstanding achievements as an academic leader in public health and as a leader in bio-behavioral, psychological and public health research,” said Brian Strom, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. “I am confident that his expertise, skills and dedication to public education, research and instruction will contribute significantly to the School of Public Health’s progress in becoming one of the nation’s strongest public health schools.”
As senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs at the NYU College of Global Public Health, Halkitis manages the academic portfolio of the college, directs faculty appointments and hiring, and participates in the college’s and university’s fundraising efforts.
He also serves as interim chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the College of Global Public Health and previously chaired the NYU Department of Applied Psychology. He was NYU’s inaugural associate dean for research and doctoral studies from 2005 to 2013.
Halkitis is a member of the New York University Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Center for Drug use and HIV Research at the NYU College of Nursing. He is a member of the board of directors of the New York State Public Health Association, the Generations Project and HIV League.
His current research activities include a longitudinal investigation delineating the risk and resiliencies of young gay and bisexual men as they emerge into adulthood; a study examining how young gay men relate to heath care as they transition from adolescence to young adulthood; a study of HPV vaccination and infection; and a cross-sectional study of the health and resilience of HIV-positive men and women over age 50 undertaken with The Spencer Cox Health Center at Mount Sinai Hospital.
His book, The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, published in 2013, received the Distinguished Book Award in the field of LGBT psychology from the American Psychological Association and was a Lamda Literary Award nominee. Halkitis is editor-in-chief of the journal Behavioral Medicine, serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals and has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts.
The recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organizations, Halkitis is an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Society of Behavioral Medicine and four divisions of the American Psychological Association.
Halkitis earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University. He holds master’s degrees in education, educational psychology and public health and a doctorate in educational and psychological research from the City University of New York.
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