Dillon Awarded National Institutes of Health Grant

Albany, NY (August 17, 2015) – Dr. Frank R. Dillon, Educational and Counseling Psychology, has been awarded $450,000 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities for “HIV Testing & Latino MSM: Individual, Sociocultural, and Structural Determinants.”

This three-year project aims to understand the behaviors, beliefs and access to resources that may point to why HIV testing is exceptionally low among Latino men and to improve participation in HIV testing and health promotion among Latino men.

Dr. Dillon and his team will conduct a prospective study of 415 Latino men who identify as gay, bisexual, or as men who have sex with men (aged 18 years and older with unknown or HIV-negative serostatus). The study will empirically identify typologies based on participants’ individual and community-level determinants of HIV testing. Next, they will examine whether extent rates of HIV testing differ by subgroup over a three-year time period.

Dr. Dillon’s research addresses health disparities and mental health issues affecting racial, ethnic, and sexual minority groups in the United States. His principal research interests are (1) studying cultural and social determinants of health including substance use disorders and HIV risk behaviors and (2) promoting multicultural competent counseling research and practice. He has published on these topics in outlets such as the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Research, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and Counselor Education and Supervision – among others. He is a member of the National Hispanic Science Network, American Public Health Association, and the American Psychological Association. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and The Counseling Psychologist.

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