Leo Wilton

Associate Professor

Office: University Downtown Center, Room 413
Office Phone: (607) 777-9215
Fax: (607) 777-7587
E-mail: lwilton@binghamton.edu

Dr. Leo Wilton (Associate Professor of Human Development) has research expertise in the areas of health disparities (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 Dr. Wilton's scholarly research program has been to focus on socio-cultural factors that influence sexual/drug-risk and protective behavior and mental health in Black communities.  His research interests examine socio-cultural factors that provide the basis for the development of culturally grounded HIV prevention interventions in Black communities, particularly for Black same-gender practicing men.  Dr. Wilton was appointed to the National Institutes of Health Director's Council of Public Representatives (COPR) for a four-year term.  He was invited to the White House by the Office of National AIDS Policy to take part in a discussion 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 (BGRG) - 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. Dr. Wilton is a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in the State University of New York (SUNY).

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, New York University (APA Accredited Program)
  • M.A. Counseling Psychology, New York University
  • B.A. English & 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)

Teaching Profession

Courses Regularly Taught

  • Black Child & Adolescent Development
  • Black Families
  • Psychology of Racism
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • 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., 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.
  • Wilton, L. (2016, in press).  Race, sexuality, and AIDS activism in Black same gender practicings 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.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • 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: 11/19/15