Dr. Darrell Wheeler

Darrell P. Wheeler

HIV prevention, Intervention and implementation research examining individual and communal resiliencies among African American and Black gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Social justice and social work practice in the areas of health and mental health disparities.

The World Within Reach
Darrell P. Wheeler
Dean - School of Social Welfare

University at Albany
Dean- School of Social Welfare and Vice Provost for Public Engagement

Richardson Hall 101



B.A. (1981) Cornell College
M.S.W. (1988) Howard University
M.P.H. (1990) University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D. (1992) University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

Dr. Wheeler is an active scholar with interests including the identification and exploration of individual and communal resiliency in HIV prevention and intervention among African American and Black gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.  He also is active in the professional community and is the current President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers.

Additional Information

Dr. Wheeler is working on a number of novel studies pertaining to Black MSM and HIV Intervention and/or Prevention including: Black Men Exploring (B-ME) a CDC funded Randomized Clinical Trial evaluating the efficacy of a locally developed behavioral intervention (Principal Investigator); and HPTN-073, a NIH funded feasibility study examining the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis among Black MSM in the U.S. Cities (Protocol Chair). He is member of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council and the President of the National Association of Social Workers.


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Chen I, Cummings V, Fogel JM, Marzinke MA, Clarke W, Connor MB, Griffith S, Buchbinder S, Shoptaw S, Rio CD, Magnus M, Mannheimer S, Wheeler DP, Mayer KH, Koblin BA, Eshleman SH. (2014) Low-level Viremia Early in HIV Infection. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. Aug 21

Marrazzo JM, del Rio C, Holtgrave DR, Cohen MS, Kalichman SC, Mayer KH, Montaner JS, Wheeler DP, Grant RM, Grinsztejn B, Kumarasamy N, Shoptaw S, Walensky RP, Dabis F, Sugarman J, Benson CA; International Antiviral Society-USA Panel. (2014) HIV prevention in clinical care settings: 2014 recommendations of the International Antiviral Society-USA Panel. JAMA. Jul 23-30;312(4):390-409.

Cousins MM, Konikoff J, Sabin D, Khaki L, Longosz AF, Laeyendecker O, Celum C, Buchbinder SP, Seage GR 3rd, Kirk GD, Moore RD, Mehta SH, Margolick JB, Brown J, Mayer KH, Kobin BA, Wheeler DP, Justman JE, Hodder SL, Quinn TC, Brookmeyer R, Eshleman SH. (2014) A comparison of two measures of HIV diversity in multi-assay algorithms for HIV incidence estimation. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 26;9(6):e101043

Mayer KH, Wang L, Koblin B, Mannheimer S, Magnus M, del Rio C, Buchbinder S, Wilton L, Cummings V, Watson CC, Piwowar-Manning E, Gaydos C, Eshleman SH, Clarke W, Liu TY, Mao C, Griffith S, Wheeler DP.(2014) HPTN061 Protocol Team. Concomitant socioeconomic, behavioral, and biological factors associated with the disproportionate HIV infection burden among Black men who have sex with men in 6 U.S. cities. PLoS One. Jan 31;9(1):

Magnus M, Franks J, Griffith S, Arnold MP, Goodman K, Wheeler DP; for the HPTN 061 Study Group. (2014) Engaging, Recruiting, and Retaining Black Men Who Have Sex With Men in Research Studies: Don't Underestimate the Importance of Staffing-Lessons Learned From HPTN 061, the BROTHERS Study J Public Health Manag Pract. 9 Jan

Marzinke MA, Clarke W, Wang L, Cummings V, Liu TY, Piwowar-Manning E, Breaud A, Griffith S, Buchbinder S, Shoptaw S, del Rio C, Magnus M, Mannheimer S, Fields SD, Mayer KH, Wheeler DP, Koblin BA, Eshleman SH, Fogel JM. (2014) Nondisclosure of HIV status in a clinical trial setting: antiretroviral drug screening can help distinguish between newly diagnosed and previously diagnosed HIV infection. Clin Infect Dis. Jan;58(1):117-20.

Hussen SA, Stephenson R, del Rio C, Wilton L, Wallace J, Wheeler DP; HPTN 061 Protocol Team (2013) HIV testing patterns among black men who have sex with men: A Qualitative Typology. PLoS One .8(9):e75382. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0075382.

Mayer KH, Wheeler DP, Bekker LG, Grinsztejn B, Remien RH, Sandfort TG, Beyrer C.(2013) Overcoming biological, behavioral, and structural vulnerabilities: new directions in research to decrease HIV transmission in men who have sex with men, J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr.;63 Suppl 2:S161-7.

Koblin, B.A., Mayer, K., Eshleman, H., Wang, L., Mannheimer, S.H., del Rio, C., Shoptaw, S., Magnus, M., Buchbinder, S., Wilton, L., Liu, T., Cummings, V., Piwowar-Manning, E., Fields, S.D., Griffith, S., Elharrar, V., Wheeler, DP. (2013). Correlates of HIV Acquisition in a Cohort of Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in the United States: HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 061. PLOS One. 8(7):e70413

Ayala G., Bingham, Kim J., Wheeler, D.P., Millett G.A., (2012). Modeling the Impact of Social Discrimination and Financial Hardship on the Sexual Risk of HIV Among Latino and Black Men Who Have Sex With Men, American Journal of Public Health, 102.

Wheeler, D.P. (2011). National Health Line: Advancing HIV/AIDS Domestic Agenda: Social worker and Community health workers unite. Health and Social Work, 36(2), 157-158.

Carlos, J. A., Bingham, T. A., Stueve, A., Lauby, J., Ayala, G., Millett, G. A., & Wheeler, D.P. (2010). The role of peer support on condom use among Black and Latino MSM in three urban Areas. AIDS Education & Prevention, 22(5), 430-444.

Vermund, S. H., Hodder, S. L., Justman, J. E., Koblin, B. A., Mastro, T. D., Mayer, K. H., Wheeler, D.P., et al. (2010). Addressing Research Priorities for Prevention of HIV Infection in the United States. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 50(S3), S149-S155.

Wheeler, D. P., & Giunta, N. (2009). National health line: Promoting productive aging. Health and Social Work, 34(3), 237-239.

Wheeler, D. P. (2009). National health line: Mounting social work response to the worsening HIV epidemic in Black communities. Health & Social Work, 34(2), 156-159.

Wheeler, D. P., & Parchment, T. M. (2009). Building capacity for evidence we can believe in: The argument for social change as an evidence-based practice agenda. Health & Social Work, 34(1), 71-73.

Bond, L., Wheeler, D. P., Millett, G. A., LaPollo, A. B., Carson, L. F., & Liau, A. (2009). Black men who have sex with men and the association of down-low identity with HIV risk behavior. American Journal of Public Health, 99(S1), S92-S95.

Joslin-Roher, E., & Wheeler, D. P. (2009). Partners in transition: The transition experience of lesbian, bisexual and queer identified partners of transgender men. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Services, 21(1), 30-48.

Abrahams, C. A., Dacus, J., Wheeler , D. P., Taylor, R., Latimer, S. S., and Hearn, K. Lessons learned: Building the capacity of community-based organizations and health departments implementing HIV interventions in African American communities. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services 7.4 (2008): 373-397.

Wheeler, D.P. & Mahoney, A.M. (2008). Caribbean immigrants in the United States—health and health care: The need for a social agenda. Health and Social Work, 33(3), 238-240.

Wheeler, D.P., Lauby, J.L., Liu, K., Van Sluytman, L.G. & Murrill, C. (2008). A comparative analysis of sexual risk characteristics of black men who have sex with men or with men and women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37(5), 697-707.

Jones, K.T., Johnson, W.D., Wheeler, D.P., Gray, P., Foust, E., Gaiter, J., & The North Carolina Men’s Health Initiative Study Team (2008). Nonsupportive peer norms and incarceration as HIV risk correlates for young Black men who have sex with men. AIDS Behavior, 12(1), 41-50.

Wheeler, D.P. and Patterson, G. (2008) Prisoner reentry. Health and Social Work, 33(2), 145-147.

Millett, G.A., Ding, H., Lauby, J., Flores, Stueve, A., Bingham, T., Carballo-Dieguez, A., Murrill, C., Liu, K., Wheeler, D.P., Liau, A., & Marks, G. (2007). Circumcision status and HIV infection among Black and Latino men who have sex with men in three U.S. cities. Journal of AIDS, 46 (5), 643-650.

Wheeler, D.P. & Bragin M. (2007). Bringing it all back home: Social work and the challenge of returning veterans. Health and Social Work, 32(4) 297-300.

LaSala, M. C., Jenkins, D., Wheeler, D. P., & Fredriksen-Goldsen, K.I. (2008). LGBT faculty, research, and researchers: Risks and rewards. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 20(3), 253-267.

Wheeler, D.P., & Goodman, H. (2007). Health and mental health social works need information literacy skills. Health and Social Work,32(3), 235-237.

Wheeler, D.P. (2007). HIV and AIDS Today: Where is social work going? Health and Social Work, 32(2), 155-157.

Wheeler, D.P., Carter, R.E., Cobb, V.L., Louis, B.E. (2007). Engaging African American youth in smoking prevention efforts. American Journal of Health Studies, 22(2), 114-120.

Wheeler, D.P. (2006). Exploring HIV prevention needs for non-gay identified Black and African American men who have sex with men: A qualitative exploration. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 33(7), S11-S16.

Michelen, W., Martinez, J., Lee, A., & Wheeler, D.P. (2006). Reducing frequent flyer emergency department visits. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 17, 59-69.

Wheeler, D.P. (2005). Working with positive men: HIV prevention with Black men who have sex with men. AIDS Education and Prevention 17(Supp.A), 102-115.

Beatty, L., Wheeler, D.P., & Gaither, J. (2004). Effective HIV/AIDS prevention for Black/African Americans. Journal of Black Psychology 30(1), 40-58.

Wheeler, D.P. (2003). Methodological issues in conducting community-cased health and social services research among urban Black and African-American LGB populations. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 15(1/2), 65-78.

Klein S.J., Nokes, K.M., Devore, B.S., Holmes, J.M., Wheeler, D.P., St. Hilare, M.B. (2001). Age-appropriate HIV prevention messages for older adults: Findings from focus groups in New York state, Journal of Public Health Management, 7(3), 11-18.

Wheeler, D.P., (1999). (Brief Article) Cultural competence in community evaluation and collaboration: A case example. The Community Psychologist, Winter, 1999, 32(1), 32-34.

Rife, J.C., First, R.J., Wheeler, D.P., Belcher, J.R. & Johnson, J. (1995). Redefining the needs of persons who are homeless and mentally ill: Implications for diagnosis and treatment. The Journal of Applied Social Sciences,19(1), 1-9.

Book Chapters

Wheeler, D.P. (2010). Empowerment evaluation in logic modeling: Participatory and collaborative processes in developing a logic model [Case study] (pp. 112-114). In M.J. Smith (Author). Program Evaluation for Social Work & Health Professionals. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wheeler, D. P., Hadden, B. R., Lewis, M., Van Sluytman, L. G., & Parchment, T. M. (2010). HIV and Black and American communities in the 21st Century. In C.C. Poindexter (Ed.), Handbook of HIV and Social Work: Principles, Practice and Populations (pp. 271-290). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Wheeler, D.P. (2009). Methodological issues in conducting community-based health and social services research among urban Black and African American LGBT populations. In W. Meezan and J. I. Martin (Eds.), Handbook of Research with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Transgender Populations (pp. 300-314). New York, NY: Routledge.

Wheeler, D.P. (2008). Men’s health. In Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th Edition). Silver Spring, MD: NASW.

Wheeler, D.P. (2003). Telling the social work story for survival. In Willinger, B. and Rice, A. (Eds.), A History AIDS Social Work in Hospitals: A Daring Response to an Epidemic (pp. 329-343). NY: Haworth Press.

Wheeler, D.P. (2000). HIV/AIDS prevention. In V.J. Lynch (Ed.) HIV/AIDS at Year 2000: A Sourcebook for Social Workers (pp.188-196). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Wheeler, D.P. & Miller, D.V. (1999). HIV/AIDS mental health services to black men. In M. Shernoff (Ed.), AIDS and Mental Health Practice in the United States: Clinical and Policy Issues (pp. 125-143). NY: Haworth Press.

Wheeler, D.P. & Shernoff, M. (1999). The role of mental health professionals in medical decision making regarding protease inhibitors. In M. Shernoff (Ed.), AIDS and Social Work Practice in the United States: Clinical and Policy Issues (pp. 3-18). NY: Haworth Press.

Wheeler, D. (1998). Community-based evaluation of HIV/AIDS services for African Americans. In L. Gant, P. Stewart & V. Lynch (Auths.), Social Workers Speak Out on the HIV/AIDS Crisis: Voices From and To African American Communities (pp. 99-117). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Gant, L.M., Green, W., Stewart, P.A., Wheeler, D.P., Wright, E.M. (1998). HIV/AIDS and African Americans: Assumptions, myths, and realities. In L. Gant, P.A. Stewart & V. J. Lynch (Eds.) Social Workers Speak Out on the HIV/AIDS Crisis: Voices from and to African-American Communities. (pp. 1-12). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Gant, L.M., Green, W., Lynch, V.J., Stewart, P.A., Wheeler, D.P., Wright, E.M. (1998). Report from the Washington Summit on Social Work Leadership and AIDS in African-American communities. In L. Gant, P.A. Stewart & V. J. Lynch (Eds.) Social Workers Speak Out on the HIV/AIDS Crisis: Voices from and to African-American Communities. (pp. 119-138). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Gant, L.M., Green, W., Lynch, V.J., Stewart, P.A., Wheeler, D.P., Wright, E.M. (1998). Where are we and where do we need to go: A blueprint for the future. In L. Gant, P.A. Stewart & V. J. Lynch (Eds.) Social Workers Speak Out on the HIV/AIDS Crisis: Voices from and to African-American Communities. (pp. 139-154). Westport, CT: Praeger

Book Reviews

Wheeler, D.P. (2005). Practice issues in HIV/AIDS services: Empowerment-based models and program applications, Ronald J. Mancoske and James Donald Smith. Smith College Studies in Social Work 75(4), 124-126.

Wheeler, D.P. (1997). Multicultural counseling with teenage fathers: A practical guide, Mark S. Kiselica. Journal of Multicultural Social Work, 6(3/4), 167-170.

Newsletters, Monographs, and Proceedings

Wheeler, D.P., Gaboda, D. & Koubiadis, R. (2007). REVISION of the current NASW health care policy statement. NASW Delegate Assembly.

Wheeler, D.P. (2004). What are Black men’s HIV prevention needs? Fact sheet for the University of California-San Francisco’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.

Wheeler, D.P. (2002). HIV/AIDS prevention targeting Black and African-American MSMs: A commentary. NetWork HOPE, HIV/AIDS Orientation & Professional Education Program Newsletter. Winter/Spring., 8-13.

Wheeler, D.P. (2001). African American AIDS Research: A call to action. NetWork HOPE, HIV/AIDS Orientation & Professional Education Program Newsletter, 4(4), Summer, 6.

Berkman, B.J., Gardian, T., DiCenzo Jellinek, M., Lee, J. S, & Wheeler, D.P. (1999). Health care issues, policies, and programs In V. C. Copeland, V. Jackson, L. Jarman-Rhode, A. L. Rosen & G. Stone (Eds), Approaches to Teaching Health Care in Social Work: A Compendium of Model Syllabi (pp. 63- 83). Alexandria, VA: CSWE.

Wheeler, D.P. (1994). Enhancing the social work role in HIV/AIDS education, intervention and prevention with vulnerable groups. In Proceedings of the Seventh National Symposium on Doctoral Research and Social Work Practice (pp. 86-91). The Ohio State University.

Wheeler, D.P. (1991). Creating culturally specific AIDS interventions: An example of the ethnographic approach to program evaluation. In K.J. Jaros & G.C. St. Denis (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1991 Public Health Social Work Institute (pp.36-54). University of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA.

Wheeler, D.P. (1989). Expenditures for social work activities in maternal and child health training programs. In M. West, S. Stuart, & E. Carlin (Eds.). Training for Social Work Leadership in Maternal and Child Health (pp. 64-66). University of Washington: Seattle, Washington.


Wilton, L., Wheeler, D.P., Williams, J., Bryant, L., Nelson, L., Mayer, K., Penniman, T., Clue, J., Fields, S., Irby, R., Frew, P..“Community Norms, Stigma, and Perceptions About the AIDS Epidemic among Black MSM: A Qualitative Investigation”.

Wheeler, D.P., Koblin, B., Mayer, K., Luc0as, J.. “Participant Recruitment, Retention and Intervention Up-take”.

Wilton, L., Buchbinder, S., Irvin, R., Kuo, I., Lucas, J., Mayer, K., Shoptaw, S., Wheeler, D.P.. “Alcohol Use, Socio-Cultural Factors, and HIV Sexual Risk Behavior among Black MSM in 6 US Cities”.