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Leo Wilton


CCPA Human Development


Leo Wilton has research expertise in the areas of health disparities and inequities (primary and secondary HIV prevention); community-based research and evaluation; mixed- and multi-methods research; and black psychological development and mental health. His scholarly research on the HIV epidemic focuses on the intersectionality of race, gender and sexuality, as situated in macro- and micro-level inequities in black communities, both nationally and internationally. His research engages the complexities of how socio-structural and –cultural contexts influence people's development and well-being within African and African diasporic communities, with specific implications for addressing social justice and human rights. In this context, the overall objective of his scholarly research program has been to examine socio-structural and -cultural factors that provide the basis for the development of culturally congruent HIV prevention and care interventions in black communities.

Wilton teaches courses on psychology of racism, black child and adolescent development, black families, psychology of HIV and AIDS, and research methods.

Wilton had a Postdoctoral research fellowship at New York University and the University of Michigan, Empirical Summer Program in Multi-Ethnic Research. Wilton's Predoctoral clinical psychology fellowship was at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry (APA accredited program).


  • BA, Binghamton University
  • MA, PhD, New York University
  • MPH, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Research Interests

  • Health disparities and inequities (HIV and AIDS)
  • Community based research and evaluation
  • Black psychological development and mental health


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
  • American Psychological Association, Division 44, Distinguished Contributions to Ethnic Minority Issues
  • Michael V. Boyd Educational Opportunity Program Faculty/Staff Recognition Award
  • Engaged Faculty Recognition for Exemplary Community-Engaged Research Award