Gary W. Harper, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School Of Public Health. He is a member of the Behavioral Leadership Group within the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions, and a former member of the NIH's Office on AIDS Research Advisory Council. Dr. Harper's research and community work have focused on the health promotion needs of adolescents who experience varying degrees of oppression and marginalization, especially gay/bisexual male youth and youth of color, with a focus on giving voice to the social justice needs of young people. For more than 20 years Dr. Harper has worked collaboratively with community agencies and community members to develop and evaluate a range of culturally and developmentally appropriate sexual health promotion/HIV prevention programs for youth, both in the US and in Kenya. In Dr. Harper's HIV prevention research he utilizes various qualitative research methods, especially those used to understand the lived experiences of African American and Latino gay/bisexual male youth.
- Ph.D., Psychology, Purdue University, 1993
- M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley, 1994
- M.S., Psychology, Purdue University, 1989
- B.A., Psychology & Biology, Washington University, 1985
- Harper, G.W., Wade, R.M., Onyango, D.P., Abuor, P.A., Bauermeister, J.A., Odero, W.W., & Bailey,R.C., (in press). Resilience among gay/bisexual young men in Western Kenya: Psychosocial and sexual health outcomes. AIDS.
- Wade, R.M., & Harper, G.W. (in press). Young Black gay/bisexual and other men who have sex with men: A review and content analysis of health-focused research between 1988 and 2013. American Journal of Men’s Health.
- Mutumba, M. & Harper, G.W. (2015). Mental health and support among young key populations: An ecological approach to understanding and intervention. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 18(2 Suppl 1), 19429.
- Harper, G. W., Bruce, D., Hosek, S.G., Fernandez, M.I., Rood, B., & Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (2014). Resilience processes demonstrated by gay and bisexual young men living with HIV: Implications for intervention. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 28(12), 666-676.
- Harper, G.W., Lemos, D., Hosek, S.G., & Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (2014). Stigma reduction in adolescents and young adults newly diagnosed with HIV: Findings from the Project ACCEPT Intervention. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 28(10), 543-554.
- Harper, G.W., Dolcini, M.M., Benhorin, S., Watson, S.E., & Boyer, C.B. (2014). The benefits of a friendship-based HIV/STI prevention intervention for African American youth. Youth and Society, 46(5), 591-622.
- Harper, G.W., Riplinger, A.J., Neubauer, L.C., Murphy, A.G., Velcoff, J., & Bangi, A.K. (2014). Ecological factors influencing HIV sexual risk and resilience among young people in rural Kenya: Implications for prevention. Health Education Research, 29(1), 131-146.
- Harper, G.W., & Riplinger, A.J. (2013). HIV prevention interventions for adolescents and young adults: What about the needs of gay and bisexual males? AIDS and Behavior, 17(3), 1082-1095.
- Harper, G.W., Fernandez, M.I., Bruce, D., Hosek, S.G., Jacobs, R.J., & the ATN (2013). The role of multiple identities in adherence to medical appointments among gay/bisexual male adolescents living with HIV. AIDS and Behavior, 17(1), 213-223.
- Harper, G.W., Willard, N., Ellen, J., & Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (2012). Connect to Protect®: Utilizing community mobilization and structural change to prevent HIV infection among youth. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 40, 81-86