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About Leo Wilton

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.


Present Professor, Binghamton University--SUNY

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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


  • 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


PHD, New York University ‐ Counseling psychology
BA, Binghamton University--SUNY ‐ Africana Studies
MPH, University of Massachusetts Amherst ‐ public health practice
MA, New York University ‐ Counseling psychology

Contact Information

Office: University Downtown Center, Room 413
Office Phone: 607-777-9215
Fax: 607-777-7587


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