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leo-wiltonLeo Wilton, PhD


Office: University Downtown Center, Room 413

Office Phone: 607-777-9215
Fax: 607-777-7587

Leo Wilton has research expertise in the areas of health disparities and inequities (primary and secondary HIV prevention); community based research and evaluation; and Black psychological development and mental health. His scholarly research on the AIDS 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. The overall objective of Wilton's research has been to focus on sociocultural factors that influence sexual/drug-risk and protective behavior and mental health in Black communities. His research examines sociocultural factors that provide the basis for the development of culturally grounded HIV prevention interventions in Black communities, particularly for Black same-gender practicing men. 

Wilton was appointed to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Council of Public Representatives for a four-year term. He was also invited to the White House by the Office of National AIDS Policy to take part in a research meeting that focused on Black men and HIV prevention. He is a founding member and immediate past chair of the board of directors of the Black Gay Research Group, an international organization engaged in interdisciplinary and intersectional research in the fields of public health, psychology, African Diaspora studies, gender studies and sexuality studies that works to address the substantial HIV-related health inequities in Black same-gender practicing men's communities. He was appointed to and currently serves on the American Psychological Association‘s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. 

Educational background

  • PhD, counseling psychology, New York University (APA accredited program)
  • MPH, public health practice (global health), University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • MA, counseling psychology, New York University
  • BA, English and Africana Studies, Binghamton University

Postdoctoral research fellowships

  • University of Michigan, Empirical Summer Program in Multi-Ethnic Research
  • New York University, Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training

Predoctoral clinical psychology fellowship

  • Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry (APA accredited program)


Courses regularly taught

  • HDEV 300, Social Science Research Methods
  • HDEV 336, Black Child and Adolescent Development
  • HDEV 339, Black Families
  • HDEV 365, Psychology of Racism
  • HDEV 374, Psychology of HIV and AIDS

Current research interests

  • Health disparities (primary and secondary HIV prevention)
  • Community-based research and evaluation
  • Black psychological development and mental health

Selected Publications

  • Wilton, L. (2016). Race, sexuality, and AIDS activism in Black same gender practicing men's communities in post-apartheid South Africa. In E. L. Short & L. Wilton (Eds.), Talking about structural inequalities in everyday life: New politics of race in groups, organizations, and social systems (pp.165-182). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Nelson, L. E., Wilton, L., Moineddin, R., et al. (2016). Economic, legal and social hardships associated with HIV risk among Black men who have sex with men in six US cities. Journal of Urban Health, 93, 170-188.
  • Wilton, L., Koblin, B., Nandi, V., et al. (2015). Correlates of seroadaptation strategies among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) in 4 US cities. AIDS & Behavior, 19, 2333-2346.
  • Williams, J.K., Wilton, L., Magnus, M., et al. (2015). Relation of childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, and depression to risk factors for HIV among Black men who have sex with men in 6 US cities. American Journal of Public Health, 105, 2473-2481.
  • Irvin, R., Wilton, L., Scott, H., et al. (2014). A study of perceived racial discrimination in Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and its association with healthcare utilization and HIV testing. AIDS & Behavior, 18, 1272-1278.
  • Levy, M., Wilton, L., Phillips G. 2nd, et al. (2014). Understanding structural barriers to access of HIV prevention services among Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) in the United States. AIDS & Behavior, 18, 972-997.

Honors and Awards

  • American Psychological Association, Division 44, Distinguished Contribution to Ethnic Minority Issues, 2015
  • Engaged Faculty Recognition for Exemplary Community-Engaged Research Award, Binghamton University, 2015
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (State University of New York), 2012

Last Updated: 9/15/17