The Wells College Social Sciences Colloquia Series presents a talk from David Pantalone, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Suffolk University. The discussion will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2 in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall on the Wells College campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Pantalone’s discussion, given as part of World AIDS Day, is titled “Behavioral Aspects of HIV/AIDS: A Syndemics Perspective.” As an expert in health psychology and behavioral medicine, Dr. Pantalone focuses his research on how social and behavioral factors affect physical and mental health as well as the effects on minorities of discrimination, stress, substance abuse, and interpersonal violence. Dr. Pantalone focuses on understanding the complex relations between substance use and risk-taking health behaviors as well as behavior therapy techniques for decreasing psychological distress and improving physical health.
“Primarily, my work aims to address research questions about the prevention or cessation of risky behaviors (such as substance use & sexual risk taking) and the adoption of health-promoting behaviors (such as medication adherence & engagement with medical care). Given the high rates of stressful experiences in stigmatized groups, I have also developed an interest in testing the mechanisms by which previous stressful/abusive experiences are linked with later physical and mental health and functioning,” he says on his Suffolk University faculty page.
Dr. Pantalone earned his A.B. in public policy from Brown University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. He has published writings in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the American Journal of Public Health, the Handbook of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies, and other sources.
The colloquium is sponsored by the Social Sciences Division, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, Women's & Gender Studies, and Political Science. The Wells Social Science Colloquia Series works to bring speakers to campus whose perspectives connect to classroom topics, in order to enrich the curriculum and provide additional information for students and the community.