Patrick Wilson


Patrick Wilson

Ph.D.: NYU
Primary Area: Health Psychology
Address: 6542 Pritzker Hall
Phone: 310-825-2961
Lab Website:

Research and Teaching Interests:

Community psychology; research methods and design in health psychology; sexual health; substance use; stress and trauma; minority health; incarceration and health


Patrick Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. Dr. Wilson is a community and health psychologist and directs the SPHERE (Society, Psychology, and Health Research) Lab at UCLA. His work broadly examines the psychological, social, and cultural factors that shape individual and community-level health outcomes.  Prior to coming to UCLA, Dr. Wilson was an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where he directed the SPHERE Lab and co-directed the Incarceration and Public Health Action Network at the Mailman School. Dr. Wilson earned his PhD in community psychology from New York University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Representative Publications:

Selected Recent Publications

Ford, J., Choi, J., Walsh, K., Wall, M., Mellins, C. A., Reardon, L., Santelli, J., Hirsch, J. S., & Wilson, P. A. (2021). Using a daily diary approach to examine substance use and sexual experiences among college students. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 50, 277–287.

Teizazu, H., Hirsch, J. S., Parker, R. G., & Wilson, P. A. (2021). Framing HIV/AIDS: How leaders of black religious institutions in New York City interpret and address sex and sexuality in HIV interventions. Culture, Health & Sexuality. [Epub ahead of print]

Wilson, P. A., Sarvet, A. L., Walsh, K., Wall, M., Ford, J. V., Gilbert, L., Santelli, J. S., Hirsch, J. S., & Mellins, C. A. (2020). The situational contexts of positive and negative sexual experiences among urban college students: An event-based analysis. International Journal of Sexual Health 32(3), 199-215.

Ly, A. T., Wilson, P. A., Parker, C. M., Giang, L. M., Hirsch, J. S., Pham, T., & Parker, R. G. (2020). Categorical dilemmas: challenges for HIV prevention among men who have sex with men and transgender women in Vietnam. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 22(10), 1161-1176.

Elkington, K. S., O’Grady, M. A., Tross, S., Wilson, P. A., Watkins, J., Lebron, L., Cohall, R., Cohall, A. (2020). A study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a cross-systems service delivery model to improve identification and care for HIV, STIs and substance use among justice-involved young adults. Health & Justice, 8(1), 20.

Dawson, E. L., Mendoza, M. C. B., Gaul, Z., Jeffries, W. L., Sutton, M. Y., & Wilson, P. A. (2019). Resilience, condom use self-efficacy, internalized homophobia, and condomless anal sex among black men who have sex with men, New York City. PLoS ONE, 14(4), e0215455.

Harper, G., Jadwin-Cakmak, L., Cherenack, E. M., & Wilson, P. A. (2019). Critical consciousness HIV prevention interventions for Black gay/bisexual young men. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 14(1), 109-133.

Cook, S. H., Valera, P., Wood, E., Calebs, B., & Wilson, P. A. (2019). Understanding changes in attachment through the lived experiences of young Black gay and bisexual men. Journal of Sex Research, 56(4-5), 604-619.

Martos, A. J., Wilson, P. A., Gordon, A., Lightfoot, M., & Meyer, I. H. (2018). “Like finding a unicorn:” Healthcare preferences among lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in the United States. Social Science & Medicine, 208, 126-133.

Rucker, A. J., Murray, A., Gaul, Z., Sutton, M. Y., & Wilson, P. A. (2018). The role of patient–provider sexual health communication in understanding the uptake of HIV prevention services among Black men who have sex with men. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 20(7), 761-771.

Wilson, P. A., Cherenack, E. M. Jadwin-Cakmak, L., & Harper, G. (2018). Selection and evaluation of media for behavioral health interventions employing critical media analysis. Health Promotion Practice, 19(1), 145-156.

Martos, A. J., Wilson, P. A., & Meyer, I. H. (2017). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health services in the United States: Origins, evolution, and contemporary landscape. PLoS ONE, 12(7), e0180544.

Mellins, C. A., Walsh, K., Sarvet, A. L., Wall, M., Gilbert, L., Santelli, J. S., Thompson, M., Wilson, P. A., Khan, S., Benson, S., Bah, K., Kaufman, K. A., Reardon, L., & Hirsch, J. S. (2017). Sexual assault incidents among college undergraduates: Prevalence and factors associated with risk. PLoS ONE, 12(11), e0186471.

Dworkin, S. L., Zakaras, J. M., Campbell, C., Wilson, P., Grisham, K., Chakravarty, D., … & Hoff, C. (2017). Relationship power among same-sex male couples in New York and San Francisco: laying the groundwork for sexual risk reduction interventions focused on interpersonal power. Journal of Sex Research, 54(7), 923-935.

van den Berg, J. J., Fernández, M. I., Fava, J. L., Operario, D., Rudy, B. J., & Wilson, P. A. (2017). Using syndemics theory to investigate risk and protective factors associated with condomless sex among youth living with HIV in 17 U.S. cities. AIDS and Behavior, 21(3), 833-844.

Cook, S. H., Valera, P., Calebs, B. J., & Wilson, P. A. (2016). Adult attachment as a moderator of the association between childhood traumatic experiences and depression symptoms among young black gay and bisexual men. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 23(3), 388-397.

Philbin, M. M., Parker, C. M., Parker, R. G., Wilson, P. A., Garcia, J., & Hirsch, J. S. (2016). The promise of pre-exposure prophylaxis for black men who have sex with men: an ecological approach to attitudes, beliefs, and barriers. AIDS Patient Care and STDs30(6), 282-290.

Wilson, P. A., Meyer, I. H., Antebi, N., Boone, M. R., Cook, S. H., & Cherenack, E. (2016). Profiles of resilience and psychosocial outcomes among young Black gay and bisexual men. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57(1-2), 144–157.

Boone, M. R., Cook, S. H., & Wilson, P. A. (2016). Sexual identity and HIV status influence the relationship between internalized stigma and psychological distress in Black gay and bisexual men. AIDS Care, 28(6), 1-7.

Cook, S. H., Watkins, D., Calebs, B., & Wilson, P. A. (2016).  Attachment orientation and sexual risk behavior among young gay and bisexual Black men. Psychology & Sexuality, 7(3), 177-196.

Wilson, P. A., Valera, P., Martos, A., Wittlin, N., Munoz-Laboy, M. A., & Parker, R. G. (2016). Contributions of qualitative research in informing HIV/AIDS interventions targeting Black MSM in the United States. Journal of Sex Research, 53(6), 642-654.

Wilson, P. A., Kahana, S., Fernández, M. I., Harper, G., Mayer, K., Wilson, C. M., & Hightow-Weidman, L. B. (2016). Sexual risk behavior among virologically detectable HIV-positive young men who have sex with men. JAMA Pediatrics 170(2), 125-131.

Cherenack, E. M., Wilson, P. A., Kreuzman, A., Price, G. & the ATN 112 Protocol Team (2016). The feasibility and acceptability of using technology-based daily diaries with HIV-positive young men who have sex with men: a comparison of web and phone modalities. AIDS & Behavior, 20(8), 1744-53.