David J. Brennan

Title(s): 
Associate Professor; M.S.W. - Boston College; Ph.D. - Boston College
Email: 
Phone Number: 
(416) 978-3273
Office Location: 

Room 440

Biography: 

Dr. Brennan has been a clinical social worker in the HIV/AIDS and health care field since 1983. He completed his PhD in Social Work from Boston College and moved to the University of Toronto in 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor and an Ontario HIV Treatment Network Applied HIV Research Chair in gay and bisexual men’s health. His research focuses on the health and well-being of marginalized gay, bisexual, two-spirit, and other men who have sex with men. He has examined body image and eating attitudes and behaviors among queer men, particularly racialized queer men in Toronto; the psychosocial needs of older adults living with HIV; and the impact of several factors on HIV risk for gay and bisexual men, including the role of a history of childhood sexual abuse, optimistic beliefs about HIV treatment, and the role of intimacy and pleasure in sexual risk behavior. He has also studied how sexual orientation is measured in population based health studies. His research particularly focuses on the resiliencies, strengths, and assets that gay and bisexual men utilizing in minimizing their risk of becoming infected with HIV. He is currently an Ontario HIV Treatment Network Applied HIV Research Chair in gay and bisexual men’s health. His research lab (the CRUISElab) focuses on how gay and bi men who use socio-sexual Internet sites and mobile apps connect to health information and issues related to discharge from hospital for people living with HIV. David has also worked with the Two-Spirit HIV/AIDS Wellness and Longevity Study (2SHAWLS) examining how two-spirit Aboriginal men who have been living with HIV long-term understand their resilience.

 

Book Chapters: 

Brennan, D.J. & Husbands, W. (2010). Now is still the time: HIV prevention and services for gay and bisexual men. In Poindexter, C. (Ed.) Handbook of HIV and Social Work: Principles, Methods, and Populations . New York: Wiley & Sons.

Brennan, D. J., (1998). How to do bereavement work. In D. Aronstein & B. Thompson (Eds.), HIV and Social Work (pp.135-144). Binghamton, NY: Hawthorne Press.

Brennan, D. J., (1998). How to involve families in hospice and home care. In D. Aronstein & B. Thompson (Eds.), HIV and Social Work (pp.123-134). Binghamton, NY: Hawthorne Press.

Brennan, D. J., (1994). Providing psychosocial support to the family of choice of the person with AIDS. In National Hospice Organization (Ed.) SectionNotes , Washington, D.C.: NHO Publications.

 

Invited Publications: 

Brennan, D.J. (2012). Measuring Men: The Search for Better Measures for Better Health. intersections, 3(2), 7-9.
For the article: BrennanCIHR

 

Publications In Refereed Journals: 

1. Emlet, C. A., Brennan, D. J., Brennenstuhl, S., Rueda, S., Hart, T. A., & Rourke, S. B. (2014). The impact of HIV-related stigma on older and younger adults living with HIV disease: does age matter? AIDS Care, 27(4), 520-528.

2. Chonody, J.M., Woodford, M.R., Brennan, D.J., Newman, B.S., & Wang, D. (2014). Attitudes toward gay men and lesbian women among heterosexual social work faculty. Journal of Social Work Education, 50(1), 136-152. doi: 1080/10437797.2014.856239

3. Travers, R., Munro, L., St. John, A., Klein, K., Hunter, H., Brennan, D.J., Brett, C., & Dobinson, C., (2013). A bed of roses?: The experiences of newcomer LGBT youth who migrate to Toronto. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 6(4), 137-150.

4. Brennan, D.J., Asakura, K., George, C., Newman, P.A., Giwa, S., Hart, T.A., Souleymanov, R., & Betancourt, G. (2013). “Never reflected anywhere:” Body image among ethnoracialized gay and bisexual men. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 10(3), 389-398. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.03.006

5. Bauer, G.R. & Brennan, D.J. (2013). The problem with ‘behavioral bisexuality’: Assessing sexual orientation in survey research. Journal of Bisexuality, 13(2), 148-165. doi: 10.1080/15299716.2013.782260

6. Brennan, D.J., Emlet, C., Brennenstuhl, S., & Rueda S. (2013). Socio-demographic profile of older adults with HIV/AIDS: Gender and sexual orientation differences. Canadian Journal on Aging, (32), 31-43. doi 10.1017/S0714980813000068

7. Emlet, C.A., Brennan, D.J., Brennenstuhl, S., Rueda, S., Hart, T. A., Rourke, S. B., & OCS Study team. (2013). Protective and risk factors associated with stigma in a population of older adults living with HIV in Ontario, Canada. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV. 25(10), 1330-1339. doi:10.1080/09540121.2013.774317

8. Tufford, L., Newman, P.A., Brennan, D.J., Craig, S.L. & Woodford, M.R. (2012). Conducting research with lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: Navigating research ethics board reviews. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 24(3), 221-240.

9. Craig, S.L., Beaulaurier, R.L., Newman, F.L. Brennan, D.J. (2012). Health and cultural determinants of voluntary HIV testing and counseling among middle aged and older Latinas. Journal of Women and Aging. 24:97–112. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/08952841.2012.639650

10. Woodford, M. R., Brennan, D.J., Gutiérrez, L. Luke, K.P. (2012). U.S. Graduate Social Work Faculty’s Attitudes Toward Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People. Journal of Social Service Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01488376.2012.666936

11. Peterson, J. A., 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.

12. Brennan, D. J., Craig, S. L., & Thompson, D. E. A. (2012). Factors associated with a drive for muscularity among gay and bisexual men. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14(1), 1-15.

13. Brennan, D.J., Crath, R., Hart, T.A., Gadalla, T., & Gillis, L. (2011). Body satisfaction and disordered eating among men who have sex with men in Canada. International Journal of Men’s Health, (10)3, 253-268.

14. Brennan, D.J., Emlet, C.A., Eady, A. (2011). HIV, Sexual Health, and Psychosocial Issues Among Older Adults Living with HIV in North America. Ageing International. 36(3), 313-333. DOI: 10.1007/s12126-011-9111-6.

15. Yager, C., Steele, L., Epstein, R., Brennan, D.J , & Ross, L. E. (2010). The challenges and mental health experiences of lesbian and bisexual women who are in the process of trying to conceive. Health & Social Work , 35 (3), 191-200.

16. Brennan, D.J. , Ross, L.E., Dobinson,C., Veldhuizen, S., & Steele, L., (2010). Men’s Sexual Orientation and Health in Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 101 (3), 255-8.

17. Brennan, D. J. , Welles, S. L., Miner, M. H., Ross M. W., Mayer. K. H., Rosser, B.R.S. Positive Connections Team. HIV treatment optimism and unsafe anal intercourse among HIV-positive mean who have sex with men: Findings from the Positive Connections study. AIDS Education and Prevention, 22 (2):126-137. doi: 10.1521/aeap.2010.22.2.126

18. Brennan, D.J., Welles, S.L., Miner, M. H., Ross, M.W., Mayer, K.H., Rosser, B.R.S. (2009) Development of a treatment optimism scale for HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. AIDS Care. 21 (9), 1090-1097.

19. Bih, Herng-Dar, Wang, Frank T. Y., Brennan, D. J. (2009). Have they really come out? Gay men and their parents in Taiwan. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 11 (3), 285-296.

20. Welles, S.L., Baker, C., Miner, M., Brennan, D. J., Jacoby, S., Rosser, B.R.S. (2009). History of childhood sexual abuse and unsafe anal intercourse in a six-city study of HIV-positive men who have sex with men. American Journal of Public Health. 99 (6), 1079 – 1086.

21. Brennan, D. J., Hellerstedt, W. L., Ross, M. W., Welles, S. L. (2007). History of childhood sexual abuse and HIV risk behaviors in gay and bisexual men. American Journal of Public Health. 97 (6), 1107-1112.

 

Other Selected Publications: 

Invited Book Reviews

Brennan, D.J. (2008) [Review of the book Crystal Meth and Men Who Have Sex with Men: What Mental Health Care Professionals Need to Know]. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 7 (2), 200-204 .

 

Awards and Honors: 
2014-2019 Ontario HIV Treatment Network Applied HIV Research Chair
2011-2014 Ontario HIV Treatment Network Scholarship Salary Award
2009 CIHR: Institute of Infection and Immunology (III) New Investigators Forum attendee
2009 Distinguished Alumni Award, Boston College, Graduate School of Social Work
2006 University Wide Research Excellence Award, Boston College Graduate Student Association
1994 Community Recognition Award, AIDS Action Committee, Boston, MA
External Research Grants: 
2014 – 2019 Rourke, S.B., (numerous Co-PIs and Co-Is)…Brennan, D.J. (Co-I). CIHR Centre for REACH (Research Evidence into Action for Community Health) in HIV/AIDS (2.0). CIHR Centre for HIV/AIDS Research. $5,000,000.
2014 – 2016 Brennan, D.J. (PI), Adam, B., Burchell, A., Craig, S., Hart, T.A., Lachowsky, N., McCready, L., & Salway Hottes, T. A mixed method exploration of sexual behaviour, social networks, and health services engagement among younger gay, bisexual, and other men who use the internet to seek sex with men (MISM) in Ontario. Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. $160,000.
2014 – 2016 Peck, R., Nussbaun, N., Bauer, G., & Brennan, D.J. (Co-I). Legal Needs Assessment for Trans Ontarians Study. Legal Aid Ontario. $126,000.
2014 – 2015 Brennan, D.J. (PI), Jackson, R., Zoccole, A., & Nobis, T. The Seven Truths of Resiliency: Using the Medicine Wheel to examine resilience among long-term HIV-positive two-spirit men. OHTN $19,950.
2014 Hart, T.A., Moore, D., Cox, J., Jollimore, J. (PIs)…Brennan, D.J. (Co-I). HIV prevention for gay and bisexual men: A multisite cohort and development of new HIV prevention interventions. CIHR Team Grant: Advancing Research to Improve Boys’ and Men’s Health. LOI $10,000
2013 – 2015 Brennan, D.J. (PI), O’Leary, B., Craig, S. L., Chan Carusone, S., & Stewart, A. From hospital to community: A Collective case study of the discharge and transitions experiences of adults living with HIV/AIDS. CIHR Catalyst Grant: HIV/AIDS Community-Based Stream. $32,762.60
2013 – 2014 Brennan, D.J. (PI), Lachowsky, N., Betancourt, G., Chikermane, V., Fraser, M., MacLachlan, D., McEwen, O., Murray J., Pugh, D., Durrant, G., Utama, R., & Rosser, B. R. Cruising Counts: Examining online and app-based sexual health outreach for MSM in Ontario. Ontario HIV Treatment Network Targeted Funding. $78,853
2013 – 2014 Craig, S.L. (PI), Lawless, M., Brennan, D.J. (Co-I), & Flicker, S. Affirmative coping skills training to reduce HIV/AIDS risk for sexual minority youth: An open pilot feasibility study. Canadian Institute of Health Research. $32,981
2012 – 2015 Betancourt, G. (Brennan, D.J., supervisor). Masculinities and migration: Analyzing the impact of gender discourses on Latino gay men’s safe sexual practices in Canada. Doctoral Research Award (HIV/AIDS Community –Based Research). CIHR Institute of Gender and Health. $105,000.
2012 – 2014 Brennan, D.J. (PI), Zoccole, A., Jackson, R., Nobis, T. Exploring the Health and Wellness of   Long-Term HIV-Positive Two-Spirit Men in Ontario. CIHR Catalyst Grant: HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal Health. $100,000.
2011 – 2016 Brennan, D. J. , Ontario HIV Treatment Network Scholarship Salary Award: “Resiliencies and Risks: Addressing HIV and Other Health Disparities among Marginalized Men Who Have Sex with Men.” $260,000.
2011 – 2012 Brennan, D.J.,(PI) & Rueda, S.  Double Jeopardy? A Salon on the Joys and Discontents of Aging with HIV. CIHR: Café Scientifique. $3,000.
2010 – 2012 Lewis-Peart, D., McCready, L., Brennan, D.J. ( Co-I), Adam, B., Nelson, L. Impact of Black CAP’s Modified Many Men, Many Voices intervention on young black men who have sex with men in Toronto . Ontario HIV Treatment Network. $46,264.
2010 – 2011 Bauer, G.R. & Brennan, D.J. (Co-PI). Are Gay Men Really Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)? Methodological Issues in Measuring Male Sexual Orientation in Health Research. CIHR: $42,790.
2010 – 2011 Emlet, C. & Brennan, D.J. (Co-PI). A profile of Older Adults with HIV/AIDS in Toronto Ontario. Embassy of Canada. $6,580.
2009 – 2015 Rourke, S.B., (PI), multiple Co-PIs and Co-Is, Brennan, D.J . (one of multiple co-Is). Centre for REACH (Research Evidence into Action for Community Health) in HIV/AIDS. CIHR: $2.5 million.
2009 – 2015 Rourke, S.B., (PI), multiple Co-PIs and Co-Is, Brennan, D.J . (one of multiple co-Is). Universitae Sine Murae “Universities Without Walls” Training grant – CIHR Centre for Interdisciplinary Training and Research in HIV/AIDS (CITHRA). $1.8 million.
2009 – 2012 Brennan, D.J., (PI) Newman, P.A., George, C., Hart, T.A., Persad, I., Ceranto, A., Eating disorders, body image satisfaction and physical, mental and sexual health among gay and bisexual men who identify with ethno-racialised communities. Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. $152,000.
2009 – 2010 Travers, R., Flynn, S., Flicker, S., Brennan, D.J., Hart, T.A.. Teens Resisting Urban Trans/Homophobia (TRUTH). Ontario HIV Treatment Network. $25,000.
2008 – 2009 Guimond, T. (PI), Strike, C., (Co-PI), Brennan, D.J. , Cullen, J., Dolan, L., Halman, M., Husbands, W., Mahan, M., Milson, P., Murray, J. (Co-I’s). Developing research in HIV risk-reduction for substance-using gay and bisexual men: A harm-reduction approach employing motivational interviewing. Ontario HIV Treatment Network. $100,000.
2008 – 2009 Brennan, D.J. (PI), Hart, T.A. (Co-I), Gillis, L. (Co-I). Body Image and Health: Eating Attitudes and Behaviors and Body Image Satisfaction among Gay and Bisexual Men in Ontario. Ontario HIV Treatment Network. $9,818.
2008 – 2009 Brennan, D.J. (PI), Hart, T.A. (Co-I), Gillis, L. (Co-I). Eating Attitudes and Behaviors and Body Image Satisfaction among Gay and Bisexual Men in Ontario. Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. $700 (U.S.).