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Bold Thinkers of Our Time Lecture Series – Cultural Influences on Sexuality
February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Some Observations of High-risk Men and Their Manhood
Frank Y. Wong, PhD has a background in social psychology and management and holds the position as McKenzie Endowed Professor of Health Equity Research at Florida State University (FSU). He is also the Founding Director of the Center of Population Sciences for Health Equity, a chartered center by the Board of Governors of the FSU System. Its mission is to lead and implement community-engaged, scientific, operational research and practice using population sciences principles and tools that promote health equity among marginalized, underserved, and vulnerable populations nationally and internationally. Since 2001, Dr. Wong has been conducting NIH-sponsored epidemiological research on substance abuse and HIV/STIs targeting racial/ethnic and sexual minorities in the U.S., China, Panamá, Russia, South Africa, Tajikistan, and Việt Nam.
Throughout his career, Dr. Wong has consistently sought out and embraced opportunities to re-assess prevailing conceptual and methodological frameworks or paradigms to better inform his research endeavors. For instance, he had employed and integrated three broad methodologies — molecular and behavioral epidemiology as well as social network — to examine HIV and other STIs among key populations. This example clearly demonstrates his openness to collaborate and learn from colleagues trained in different disciplines, including medicine and genetics. Presently, he is exploring the benefits of artificial intelligence in public health sciences.
Dr. Wong is also known for his extensive experience in research capacity building in special populations. Presently, he is the Contact PI of the NIH Common Fund’s Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program which aims to enhance and maintain cultures of inclusive excellence in the biomedical research community. All of Dr. Wong’s funded research projects include pre- and post-doctoral trainees who work in mentored positions to further their training.