José A. Bauermeister, PhD, MPH
Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) and transgender populations account for more than three quarters of new HIV infections in the United States. Dr. Bauermeister uses interdisciplinary strategies to develop HIV prevention and care interventions for sexual and gender minorities.
Dr. Bauermeister has received more than $15 million as principal investigator in research grants, and served as co-investigator on another $45 million in federally-funded research. Dr. Bauermeister’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as supported by the MAC AIDS Fund, the Ford Foundation, and the Herb Ritts Foundation.
- PhD, University of Michigan, 2006
- MPH, University of Michigan, 2004
- BA, University of Puerto Rico–Mayagüez, 2002
Dr. Bauermeister’s research focuses on developing and testing comprehensive HIV/STI prevention and care programs for high-risk adolescents and young adults, including young gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (YGBMSM); perinatally HIV-infected and HIV-affected youth; and racial/ethnic minorities living in urban centers. Currently, he is PI of several intervention projects examining the social and behavioral correlates of HIV risk, as measured by sexual behaviors, alcohol and other drug use, and psychological distress.
Dr. Bauermeister leads several technology-assisted multilevel interventions to reduce HIV/STI risk and psychosocial vulnerability among sexual and gender minority youth across the United States. These projects include a pilot randomized trial focused on the development and testing of an online sex education intervention for young gay and bisexual men who seek partners online, the development and testing of a life skills app for adolescent GBMSM, and a methodological-oriented study focused on examining how to evaluate the impact of user-generated content on HIV and race-related stigma within a HIV prevention mHealth intervention for Black GBMSM. Dr. Bauermeister is also co-investigator of several online intervention trials, including the development of an app that encouraged HPV vaccination among young gay and bisexual men, a social media delivered intervention to reduce alcohol use among adolescents, and a CDC-funded project focused on optimizing sexual health messaging for GBMSM.
Using community engagement principles, Dr. Bauermeister has also led academic-community partnerships focused on addressing the structural barriers fueling the HIV/STI disparities faced by African American and Latin@ sexual and gender minorities in Metro Detroit, which has led to the development of several structural interventions in the region. He is principal investigator of a NIDA-funded intervention focused on embedding substance use counseling as part of HIV testing and care services delivered at community-based agencies serving racially/ethnically-diverse substance-using YGBMSM and transgender clients. Dr. Bauermeister is also a member of the NIH Adolescent Trials Network (ATN). As part of the ATN, Dr. Bauermeister is testing the efficacy of a HIV/STI testing intervention that provides technical assistance and capacity building for agencies serving YGBMSM living in Philadelphia, Houston and Atlanta.
Innovations in Biomedical HIV Prevention
Dr. Bauermeister is actively involved in the study of rectal and vaginal microbicides as new technologies for HIV prevention. As part of the Behavioral Research Working Group for the NIH Microbicide Trials Network, Dr. Bauermeister explores the behavioral acceptability and adherence of new biomedical technologies in HIV prevention, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), rectal gels, and vaginal rings.
Dr. Bauermeister addresses health inequities by developing and testing sexual health promotion programs for vulnerable young sexual and gender minorities (ages 13-29) through academic-community partnerships that bring together scholars, practitioners, and community members. Using community engagement principles, he involves community members in decision-making on everything from the research questions to be asked to how to collect and analyze the data.
Before joining Penn Nursing in 2016, Dr. Bauermeister was an associate professor in the School of Public Health and founding director of the Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities at the University of Michigan. Through his appointment as a Presidential Associate Professor, the University of Pennsylvania has designated Dr. Bauermeister as an exceptional scholar who contributes to faculty eminence through diversity across the university.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
At Penn Nursing, Dr. Bauermeister works alongside students, colleagues, and community partners to identify innovative strategies to inform sexual health promotion interventions as part of the Program for Sexuality, Technology and Action Research. The program offers research opportunities to maximize translational science solutions towards addressing LGBT health disparities.
Selected Career Highlights
- Past Chair, HIV/AIDS Section, American Public Health Association
- Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
- Member, Editorial Board, American Journal of Community Psychology, Health Education & Behavior, AIDS & Behavior, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and Journal of Youth & Adolescence
- Scientific reviewer, National Institutes of Health