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Don  Operario

Professor And Chair

Rollins Professor

Chair, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

My research and teaching areas are motivated by two interrelated areas. The first general area concerns the syndemic of HIV, mental health, and structural violence in historically marginalized communities (e.g., intersectional LGBT and BIPOC populations), with an emphasis on developing and evaluating theory-based social and behavioral interventions to improve health equity. A second research area concerns the lived experiences associated with social inequality, with an emphasis on understanding the perspectives of minoritized group members and addressing health and psychosocial disparities. My work uses multiple methodologies (qualitative inquiry, observational designs, intervention trials, systematic reviews, meta analysis) and prioritizes community-engaged approaches. I conduct research in collaboration with community and academic partners in the United States, Kenya, China, Philippines, South Korea, and South Africa. Prior to joining the BSHES department at Emory, I was a faculty member and researcher at Brown University, Oxford University, and UCSF.

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ATLANTA , GA 30322



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Areas of Interest

  • Community Based Research
  • Global Health
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • LGBTI Health
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual Health/Behavior
  • Social Determinants of Health


  • BA - Psychology 1993, UCLA
  • PhD - Social Psychology 1998, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Fellowship 2000, UCSF