Derek Dangerfield II

Derek Dangerfield

Derek Dangerfield II


Associate Professor

School: Milken Institute School of Public Health

Department: Prevention and Community Health


Office Phone: 202-994-1000
Milken Institute School of Public Health 950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Office 308 Washington DC 20052

Dr. Derek Dangerfield II is a prevention scientist with expertise in behavioral and social science methodology, health behavior theory, and sexual health among racial and sexual minority men (SMM). His primary research promotes sexual health for Black gay and bisexual men throughout the United States and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the NIH, and the DC Center for AIDS Research. Currently, he is leading a digital prospective cohort study to identify socioecological factors that impact care outcomes among 1000 Mid-Atlantic Black SMM living with HIV. Dr. Dangerfield teaches Advanced Health Communication where he focuses on theoretically driven approaches to address health disparities, misinformation, and disinformation.

Sexual Health; HIV/STI Prevention; Sexual Minority Men's Health; Behavioral & Social Science; Life Course Theory; Research Methods

2012, B.A., Sociology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
2017, PhD, Health Behavior Research, Keck School of Medicine of the University of California, Los Angeles, CA
2018, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

DC CFAR; Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc.

Identifying socioecological profiles that impact changes in care outcomes among Black Sexual minority men living with HIV (UG3MH133258). 08/2023-07/2025. Sponsored by NIH/NIMH. Role: MPI. The goal of this study is to identify the recruit and retain a prospective cohort of 1000 Mid-Atlantic Black sexual minority men living with HIV to examine the factors that impact retention in HIV care, treatment adherence, and viral suppression.

Designing a shared decision-making tool to improve PrEP initiation among Black sexual minority men. 01/2023-12/2023. Sponsored by the DC Center for AIDS Research. Role: PD. The goal of this study is to design a PrEP decision aid based upon conversation analysis of communication between a peer change agent and Black sexual minority men.

Poku OB, West NS, Eschliman EL, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Bass J, Kennedy CE, Murray SM. Mental Health Problems Across the HIV Care Continuum for Adolescents Living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Scoping Review. AIDS Behav. 2023 Aug;27(8):2548-2565. doi: 10.1007/s10461-023-03981-w. Epub 2023 Jan 17. Review. PubMed PMID: 36650389; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC10350473.

Poku OB, Eschliman EL, Entaile P, Rampa S, Mehta H, Tal D, Silvert L, Li T, Becker TD, Govindasamy D, Stockton MA, Adedimeji A, Ho-Foster A, Blank MB, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Yang LH, Murray SM. "It's Better If I Die Because Even in the Hospital, There is a Stigma, People Still Gossip": Gossip as a Culturally Shaped Labeling Process and Its Implications for HIV-Related Stigma in Botswana. AIDS Behav. 2023 Aug;27(8):2535-2547. doi: 10.1007/s10461-023-03980-x. Epub 2023 Jan 17. PubMed PMID: 36646928; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC10350478.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Davis G, Pandian V, Anderson JN. Using Motivational Interviewing to Increase HIV PrEP Initiation and Adherence: a Scoping Review. Prev Sci. 2023 May 30;. doi: 10.1007/s11121-023-01554-w. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 37249729.

Heidari O, Tormohlen K, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Tobin KE, Farley JE, Aronowitz SV. Barriers and facilitators to primary care engagement for people who inject drugs: A systematic review. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2023 May;55(3):605-622. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12863. Epub 2022 Dec 8. PubMed PMID: 36480158.

Turpin RE, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Oke T, Hickson DA. Parental Sexuality Disclosure, Discrimination, and Depression Among Black Sexual Minority Men and Black Transgender Women. Fam Community Health. 2023 Apr-Jun 01;46(2):95-102. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000360. PubMed PMID: 36799942; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9942094.

Dangerfield DT 2nd. A Principal Investigator as a PrEP-Using Peer Change Agent for HIV Prevention among Black Gay and Bisexual Men: An Autoethnography. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 Mar 29;20(7). doi: 10.3390/ijerph20075309. PubMed PMID: 37047925; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC10093874.

Offiong A, Powell TW, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Gemmill A, Marcell AV. A Latent Class Analysis: Identifying Pregnancy Intention Classes Among U.S. Adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2022 Oct;71(4):466-473. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.04.019. Epub 2022 Jun 13. PubMed PMID: 35710890.

Killelea A, Johnson J, Dangerfield DT, Beyrer C, McGough M, McIntyre J, Gee RE, Ballreich J, Conti R, Horn T, Pickett J, Sharfstein JM. Financing and Delivering Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to End the HIV Epidemic. J Law Med Ethics. 2022;50(S1):8-23. doi: 10.1017/jme.2022.30. PubMed PMID: 35902089; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9341207.

Malebranche D, Watriss A, Dangerfield DT. Implementing a National PrEP Program: How Can We Make It Happen?. J Law Med Ethics. 2022;50(S1):51-54. doi: 10.1017/jme.2022.36. Review. PubMed PMID: 35902086; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9341202.

Johnson J, Killelea A, Dangerfield DT, Beyrer C, Sharfstein JM. INTRODUCTION Disrupting the Status Quo: Building Equitable Access to HIV PrEP in the US through Innovative Financing. J Law Med Ethics. 2022;50(S1):5-7. doi: 10.1017/jme.2022.29. PubMed PMID: 35902084; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9341203.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Kuo I, Magnus M, Beauchamp G, Fields SD, Nelson L, Shoptaw S, Wilton L, Wheeler DP. Sexual Risk Profiles Among Black Sexual Minority Men: Implications for Targeted PrEP Messaging. Arch Sex Behav. 2021 Oct;50(7):2947-2954. doi: 10.1007/s10508-021-02066-w. Epub 2021 Sep 29. PubMed PMID: 34590218; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9529079.

Farley JE, Dangerfield DT 2nd, LaRicci J, Sacamano P, Heidari O, Lowensen K, Jennings JM, Tobin KE. Community engagement and linkage to care efforts by peer community-health workers to increase PrEP uptake among sexual minority men. Public Health Nurs. 2021 Sep;38(5):818-824. doi: 10.1111/phn.12887. Epub 2021 Mar 22. PubMed PMID: 33749022; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8451756.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Cooper J, Heidari O, Allen S, Winder TJA, Lucas GM. Nursing and Health Care Preferences Among Opioid and Stimulant Using Black Sexual Minority Men: An Exploratory Study. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2021 Sep-Oct 01;32(5):e30-e39. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000201. PubMed PMID: 32809988.

Poteat T, Cooney E, Malik M, Restar A, Dangerfield DT 2nd, White J. HIV Prevention Among Cisgender Men Who have Sex with Transgender Women. AIDS Behav. 2021 Aug;25(8):2325-2335. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03194-z. Epub 2021 Feb 25. PubMed PMID: 33634354; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8222096.

Jackman KM, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Yang C, Trent M, Kharrazi H, Johnson RM, Latkin C. Behavioral Intentions to Use Patient Portals to Disclose HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Histories with Sexual Partners Among U.S. Sexual Minority Men. AIDS Behav. 2021 Apr;25(4):1199-1209. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-03092-w. Epub 2020 Nov 13. PubMed PMID: 33185776; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8288714.

Baptiste DL, Turner S, Josiah N, Arscott J, Alvarez C, Turkson-Ocran RA, Rodney T, Commodore-Mensah Y, Francis L, Wilson PR, Starks S, Alexander K, Taylor JL, Ogungbe O, Byiringiro S, Fisher MC, Charlemagne-Badal SJ, Marseille B, Delva S, Akomah J, Jenkins E, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Ramsey G, Sharps P, Hamilton J. Hidden figures of nursing: The historical contributions of Black nurses and a narrative for those who are unnamed, undocumented and underrepresented. J Adv Nurs. 2021 Apr;77(4):1627-1632. doi: 10.1111/jan.14791. Epub 2021 Feb 10. PubMed PMID: 33565132; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9185732.

Dangerfield Ii DT, Wylie C, Anderson JN. Conducting Virtual, Synchronous Focus Groups Among Black Sexual Minority Men: Qualitative Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2021 Feb 8;7(2):e22980. doi: 10.2196/22980. PubMed PMID: 33427671; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7899800.

Gilreath TD, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Montiel Ishino FA, Hill AV, Johnson RM. Polytobacco use among a nationally-representative sample of black high school students. BMC Public Health. 2021 Jan 23;21(1):206. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-10228-7. PubMed PMID: 33485321; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7824955.

Heidari O, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Hickson DA. Sexual risk and sexual healthcare utilization profiles among Black sexual minority men in the U.S. Deep South. AIDS Care. 2020 Dec;32(12):1602-1609. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1772455. Epub 2020 May 31. PubMed PMID: 32476446.

He Y, Dangerfield Ii DT, Fields EL, Dawkins MR, Turpin RE, Johnson D, Browne DC, Hickson DA. Health care access, health care utilisation and sexual orientation disclosure among Black sexual minority men in the Deep South. Sex Health. 2020 Nov;17(5):421-428. doi: 10.1071/SH20051. PubMed PMID: 33176906.

White JJ, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Donovan E, Miller D, Grieb SM. Exploring the role of LGBT-affirming churches in health promotion for Black sexual minority men. Cult Health Sex. 2020 Oct;22(10):1191-1206. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2019.1666429. Epub 2019 Oct 9. PubMed PMID: 31594476; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7141971.

Dangerfield Ii DT, Heidari O, Cooper J, Allen S, Lucas GM. Motivations for opioid and stimulant use among drug using black sexual minority men: A life course perspective. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Oct 1;215:108224. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108224. Epub 2020 Aug 6. PubMed PMID: 32777690; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7502465.

Grieb SM, Donovan E, White JJ, Miller D, Dangerfield DT 2nd. Increasing Opportunities for Spiritual and Religious Supports to Improve HIV-Related Outcomes for Black Sexual Minority Men. J Urban Health. 2020 Oct;97(5):704-714. doi: 10.1007/s11524-020-00461-7. PubMed PMID: 32728845; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7560667.

Turpin RE, Dyer TV, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Liu H, Mayer KH. Syndemic latent transition analysis in the HPTN 061 cohort: Prospective interactions between trauma, mental health, social support, and substance use. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Sep 1;214:108106. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108106. Epub 2020 Jun 26. PubMed PMID: 32652374; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7423755.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Johnson D, Hamlin-Palmer S, Browne DC, Mayer KH, Hickson DA. Prevalence and Correlates of Rectal Douching and Enema Use Among Black Sexual Minority Men and Black Transwomen in the Deep South. Arch Sex Behav. 2020 Aug;49(6):1915-1922. doi: 10.1007/s10508-019-01605-w. Epub 2020 Feb 21. PubMed PMID: 32086643.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Carmack CC, Gilreath TD, Duncan DT. Latent classes of partner-seeking venues and sexual risk among men who have sex with men in Paris, France. Int J STD AIDS. 2020 May;31(6):502-509. doi: 10.1177/0956462419899012. Epub 2020 Apr 15. PubMed PMID: 32295477.

Fields EL, Long A, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Morgan A, Uzzi M, Arrington-Sanders R, Jennings JM. There's an App for That: Using Geosocial Networking Apps to Access Young Black Gay, Bisexual, and other MSM at Risk for HIV. Am J Health Promot. 2020 Jan;34(1):42-51. doi: 10.1177/0890117119865112. Epub 2019 Jul 30. PubMed PMID: 31359764; NIHMSID:NIHMS1561199.

Brown LA, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Meanley S, Hickson D. Increasing Diversity and Capacity in HIV Behavioral and Social Science Research: Reflections and Recommendations From the Inaugural Cohort of the Mid-Atlantic CFAR Consortium (MACC) Scholars Program. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 Dec 1;82 Suppl 2(2):S128-S132. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002172. PubMed PMID: 31658200; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6820704.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Williams JE, Bass AS, Wynter T, Bluthenthal RN. Exploring Religiosity and Spirituality in the Sexual Decision-Making of Black Gay and Bisexual Men. J Relig Health. 2019 Oct;58(5):1792-1802. doi: 10.1007/s10943-019-00845-3. PubMed PMID: 31161470.

Williams JE, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Kral AH, Wenger LD, Bluthenthal RN. Correlates of Sexual Coercion among People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. J Urban Health. 2019 Jun;96(3):469-476. doi: 10.1007/s11524-018-0238-6. PubMed PMID: 29616449; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6565779.

Dangerfield Ii DT, Farley JE, Holden J, Barnes M, Barnes P Jr, Jett-Goheen M, Gaydos C. Acceptability of self-collecting oropharyngeal swabs for sexually transmissible infection testing among men and women. Sex Health. 2019 Jun;16(3):296-298. doi: 10.1071/SH18209. PubMed PMID: 30898197; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6755068.

White JJ, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Grieb SM. Methodological considerations for conducting focus groups in HIV prevention research among Black men who have sex with men. Public Health Nurs. 2019 May;36(3):439-445. doi: 10.1111/phn.12592. Epub 2019 Feb 13. PubMed PMID: 30761620; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6482067.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Carmack CC, Gilreath TD, Duncan DT. Latent Classes of Sexual Positioning Practices and Sexual Risk Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Paris, France. AIDS Behav. 2018 Dec;22(12):4001-4008. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2267-2. PubMed PMID: 30173344.

Dangerfield DT, Craddock JB, Gilreath TD. HIV Testing and Healthcare Utilization Among U.S. African-American Women. J Natl Black Nurses Assoc. 2018 Dec;29(2):1-8. PubMed PMID: 31022333.

Dangerfield Ii DT, Harawa NT, McWells C, Hilliard C, Bluthenthal RN. Exploring the preferences of a culturally congruent, peer-based HIV prevention intervention for black men who have sex with men. Sex Health. 2018 Nov;15(5):424-430. doi: 10.1071/SH18057. PubMed PMID: 30185352; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6849506.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Harawa NT, Fernandez MI, Hosek S, Lauby J, Joseph H, Frank HG, Bluthenthal RN. Age Cohort Differences in Sexual Behaviors Among Black Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women. J Sex Res. 2018 Oct;55(8):1012-1021. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2017.1423016. Epub 2018 Jan 29. PubMed PMID: 29377734; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6146075.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Harawa NT, Smith LR, Jeffries WL 4th, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Bluthenthal R. Latent Classes of Sexual Risk Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women. Arch Sex Behav. 2018 Oct;47(7):2071-2080. doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-1142-y. Epub 2018 Mar 14. PubMed PMID: 29541914; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6145093.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Ober AJ, Smith LR, Shoptaw S, Bluthenthal RN. Exploring and Adapting a Conceptual Model of Sexual Positioning Practices and Sexual Risk Among HIV-Negative Black Men Who Have Sex With Men. J Sex Res. 2018 Oct;55(8):1022-1032. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2018.1433287. Epub 2018 Feb 21. PubMed PMID: 29466064; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6105556.

Duncan DT, Park SH, Hambrick HR, Dangerfield Ii DT, Goedel WC, Brewer R, Mgbako O, Lindsey J, Regan SD, Hickson DA. Characterizing Geosocial-Networking App Use Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Multi-City Cross-Sectional Survey in the Southern United States. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Jun 14;6(6):e10316. doi: 10.2196/10316. PubMed PMID: 29903702; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6024099.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Smith LR, Anderson JN, Bruce OJ, Farley J, Bluthenthal R. Sexual Positioning Practices and Sexual Risk Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men: A Life Course Perspective. AIDS Behav. 2018 Jun;22(6):1919-1931. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1948-6. PubMed PMID: 29079948; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5924576.

Ober AJ, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Shoptaw S, Ryan G, Stucky B, Friedman SR. Using a "Positive Deviance" Framework to Discover Adaptive Risk Reduction Behaviors Among High-Risk HIV Negative Black Men Who Have Sex with Men. AIDS Behav. 2018 May;22(5):1699-1712. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1790-x. PubMed PMID: 28501965; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6334847.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Smith LR, Williams J, Unger J, Bluthenthal R. Sexual Positioning Among Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Narrative Review. Arch Sex Behav. 2017 May;46(4):869-884. doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0738-y. Epub 2016 May 13. Review. PubMed PMID: 27178171; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5357199.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Craddock JB, Bruce OJ, Gilreath TD. HIV Testing and Health Care Utilization Behaviors Among Men in the United States: A Latent Class Analysis. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2017 May-Jun;28(3):306-315. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2017.02.001. Epub 2017 Feb 9. PubMed PMID: 28237747.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Gravitt P, Rompalo AM, Tai R, Lim SH. Correlates of anal sex roles among Malay and Chinese MSM in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Int J STD AIDS. 2016 Mar;27(4):313-20. doi: 10.1177/0956462415581125. Epub 2015 Apr 16. PubMed PMID: 25887064.

Dangerfield DT 2nd, Gravitt P, Rompalo AM, Yap I, Tai R, Lim SH. Awareness and utilization of HIV services of an AIDS community-based organization in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Int J STD AIDS. 2015 Jan;26(1):20-6. doi: 10.1177/0956462414528685. Epub 2014 Mar 27. PubMed PMID: 24676132.

Hsieh YH, Gaydos CA, Hogan MT, Uy OM, Jackman J, Jett-Goheen M, Albertie A, Dangerfield DT 2nd, Neustadt CR, Wiener ZS, Rompalo AM. What qualities are most important to making a point of care test desirable for clinicians and others offering sexually transmitted infection testing?. PLoS One. 2011 Apr 29;6(4):e19263. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0019263. PubMed PMID: 21559435; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3084795.

Behavioral Intentions to Use Patient Portals to Disclose HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Histories with Sexual Partners Among U.S. Sexual Minority Men. AIDS and behavior. NIHMSID: NIHMS1706159.


PH6570: Advance Health Communication: Theory and Practice