Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations
Chair, Department of Family & Community Health
Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine
Senior Fellow, Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Young sexual, gender and racial/ethnic minority populations account for most new HIV/STI infections in the United States. Dr. Bauermeister uses interdisciplinary strategies to advance research and intervention methods aimed at decreasing sexuality-related disparities and improving health equity for young sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations.

José Arturo Bauermeister, MPH, PhD (he/him) is Chair of the Department of Family and Community Health and director of the Program on Sexuality, Technology and Action Research (PSTAR) at Penn Nursing. His research integrates perspectives from public health, social science, medicine and human sexuality to create interdisciplinary strategies to curtail HIV disparities among sexual and gender minority adolescents and young adults. His work has been published over 200 scientific publications and book chapters in the areas of HIV/AIDS, online partner-seeking behaviors, LGBTQ health, and cognitive and emotional well-being.  He has been funded for $30 million as principal investigator in federal and foundation awards and over $120 million as co-investigator in federally-funded research. Given his expertise, Dr. Bauermeister serves in the National Institutes of Health’s Sexual and Gender Research Working Group and the Population and Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS Study Section. Dr. Bauermeister is Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s 2019 class of Health Innovators Fellows, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

“If we are to achieve the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States by 2030 initiative goals, investment in and synergy between  systems-level interventions, digital strategies, and biomedical technologies will be necessary to optimize HIV prevention and care delivery for sexual and gender minority youth.”


  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2006
  • MPH, University of Michigan, 2004
  • BA, University of Puerto Rico–Mayagüez, 2002