Guest Speaker Bio - Dr. Miguel Munoz-Laboy

Miguel Munoz-Laboy, DrPH, is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University. Dr. Munoz-Laboy received his doctoral degree from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University and did his post-doctoral research training at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry. Much of Dr. Munoz-Laboy's work has focused on examining the socio-cultural and structural determinants of health risks among youth and adult males in communities in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Durbin (South Africa), Hartford (CT), Hanoi (Vietnam), New York (NY), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and San Juan (PR).

His research examines the influence of masculinity, culture, religion and sexuality on risk behaviors (e.g., drug and alcohol use, sexual practices, etc.) and health outcomes (HIV/STI infection, unintended pregnancy, etc.). Currently, he leads two research projects: a four-year study that examines HIV risk behavior among men who have sex with men (MSMW) in New York City (#1R01HD056948-01A2); and, a two-year study on the network determinants of risk behavior among formerly incarcerated Latino men (#1RC1MH088636-01). Dr. Munoz-Laboy's international research work has focused on Brazil and Vietnam. He worked closely with Drs. Richard Parker and Jonathan Garcia (co-authors) in on analyzing the institutional responses of religious organizations to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Brazil (#5R01HD050118-02). Under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Hirsch, Dr. Munoz-Laboy directed the masculinity and family research substudy and the research design training component of a four-year project to create a national center of excellence in social science approaches to the study of HIV prevention, treatment and care in Vietnam (#1 R24 HD056691-01). He has been a member of the American Public Health Association since 1996, the International Academy of Sex Research, the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS), and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) since 2006.