John Peterson

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1974
Member, Community Psychology Program
1116 Urban Life

 My research program focuses on basic and applied research in the Laboratory of Health Promotion Research and Intervention. Specifically, my research program focuses on studies that examine the sociocultural and psychological factors associated with high-risk sexual behavior, the effects of behavioral interventions to reduce risk behavior, and the social determinants and cultural factors of racial disparity in HIV infection.

Also, my research program includes studies on the interactive effects of sexual prejudice, masculine ideology and violence toward gay men. These studies examine how socio-cultural and psychosocial factors, especially sexual prejudice and masculine ideology, affect the perpetration of antigay violence.

Representative Publications

Sullivan, P.S., Rosenberg, E. S., Sanchez, T. H., Kelley, C., Luisi, N., Cooper, H., DiClemente, R., Frew, P., Salazar, L. F., del Rio, C., Mulligan, M. J., Peterson, J. (in press). Explaining racial disparities in HIV incidence in a prospective cohort of black and white men who have sex with men in Atlanta, GA: A prospective observational cohort study. Annals of Epidemiology.     

Daboin, I., Peterson, J. L. & Parrott, D. J. (2015). Racial differences in sexual prejudice and its correlates among heterosexual men. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. 21, 258-267.

Goodnight, B., Cook, S., Parrott, D. J. & Peterson, J. L. (2014). Effects of masculinity, authoritarianism, and prejudice on anti-gay aggression. Psychology of men and Masculinity. 15, 437-444.

Huebner, D. M., Kegeles, S. M., Rebchook, G. M., Peterson, J. L., Neilands, T. B., Johnson, W. D., & Eke, A. N. (2014). Social oppression, psychological vulnerability, and unprotected intercourse among young black men who have sex with men. Health Psychology. 33, 1568-1578.

Peterson, J. L., Bakeman, R., Sullivan, P., Millett, G., Rosenberg, E., Salazar, L., DiClemente, R. J., Cooper, H., Kelley, C. F., Mulligan, M. J., Frew, P. & del Rio, C. (2014). Social discrimination and resiliency are not associated with differences in prevalent HIV infection in black and white men who have sex with men. JAIDS, 66, 538-543.

Sullivan, P. S., Peterson, J., Rosenberg, E. S., Kelley, C. F., Cooper, H., Vaughan, A. Salazar, L. F., Frew, P., Wingood, G., DiClemente, R., del Rio, C., Mulligan, M. & Sanchez, T. H. (2014). Understanding racial HIV/STI disparities in black and white men who have sex with men: A multilevel approach. PLoS ONE. 9(3): e90514.

Scott, H. M., Pollack, L., Rebchook, G. M., Huebner, D. M., Peterson, J. L. & Kegeles, S. M. (2014). Peer social support is associated with recent HIV testing among young black men who have sex with men. AIDS & Behavior. 18, 913-920.

Millett, G. A., Peterson, J.L., Flores, S. A. et al. (2012). Comparisons of disparities and risks of HIV infection in black and other men who have sex with men in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S: A meta-analysis. Lancet, 380, 341-348.

Millett, G. A., Jeffries, W., Peterson, J. et al. (2012). Common roots: A contextual review of HIV epidemics among black men who have sex with men across the African diaspora. Lancet, 380, 411-423

Peterson, J. L., Miner, M. H., Brennan, D. J. & Rosser, B. R. S. (2012). HIV treatment optimism and sexual risk behaviors among HIV positive African American men who have sex with men. AIDS Education and Prevention. 24, 91-101.

Vincent, W., Parrott, D. J. & Peterson, J. L. (2011). Effects of traditional gender role norms and religious fundamentalism on self-identified heterosexual men’s attitudes, anger and aggression toward gay men and lesbians. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 12, 383-400. 

Parrott, D. J., Peterson, J. L. & Bakeman, R. (2011). Determinants of aggression toward sexual minorities in a community sample. Psychology of Violence, 1, 41-52.

Vincent, W., Parrott, D. J. & Peterson, J. L. (2011). Combined effects of masculine gender role stress and sexual prejudice on anger and aggression toward gay men. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 1237-1257.

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