Paul D’Avanzo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He currently serves as a research assistant in the Risk Communication Laboratory under the mentorship of Associate Professor Sarah Bass. Before enrolling at Temple, Paul was a project director at New York University’s Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies. While at NYU, he also completed advanced, post-master’s training in LGBT health, education and social service. He received his master’s in mental health counseling from the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development.
Paul's research interests include clinical decision-making with respect to how sexual and gender minorities access and receive healthcare such as HIV PrEP, STI testing and treatment, and cancer screening. He is currently researching how theory can help predict healthcare providers’ intention to screen men who have sex with men for syphilis infection.
Paul is a student editor on the board of CPH’s journal, CommonHealth, and serves on the editorial advisory board of Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health.