Dr. Dirk A. Davis is a Global Health Instructor and faculty member in the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR), the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), and the Duke Sexual and Gender Minority Wellness Program (DSGMWP). He is a behavioral scientist and mixed methodologist whose research focuses on improving the health of sexual and gender minority communities in Latin America and the US by reducing HIV, mental health, and violence disparities through community-engaged behavioral interventions.
Dr. Davis completed his MPH and PhD in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health. Before starting his current position, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of California Global Health Institute (D43TW009343) and in the Duke Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in AIDS (T32AI007392). His postdoctoral research examined the role of sexual minority stress on mental health and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) engagement among gay and bisexual men in Guatemala.
He has worked in Central America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean in collaboration with various governmental, academic, and community-based organizations to improve the overall health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities since 2010, including nearly five years where he lived and worked in Guatemala with the US Peace Corps.