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Peter A. Newman


Faculty Associate, Joint Centre for Bioethics
Ph.D., Social Work & Social Psychology, University of Michigan

Phone Number: 
(416) 946-8611
Research Interests: 
  • HIV prevention / biomedical HIV prevention
  • global health
  • LGBTQ health & human rights
  • community engagement
  • vaccine acceptability & uptake
  • bullying victimization of LGBTQ youth

Peter A. Newman joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in July 2002 and is currently a Professor. He held the RBC Chair in Applied Social Work Research (2006-2008), an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ontario (2007-2011), and the Canada Research Chair in Health and Social Justice (2007-2018). He is an Inaugural Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research, and was recognized with the CSWE SOGIE Scholarship Award (2012).

Peter has received over $9 million of continuous external PI-research funding. His primary research addresses social-structural challenges of HIV risk and prevention among marginalized populations, with a focus on new prevention technologies. From 2012-2017 he led a large CIHR Team Grant on Social, Behavioral, and Ethical Challenges of HIV Vaccines in India, South Africa, and Thailand. The team produced five professional videos in addition to 25 peer-reviewed publications. Peter’s research also advances culturally-grounded understandings of social ecologies of resilience and bullying victimization of LGBTQ youth.

Currently, he is PI on four externally funded grants: 1. Mobilizing for a Research Revolution to Ensure LGBTIQ Inclusion in Asia (MFARR-Asia): A High-impact, Transformative International Partnership (SSHRC, 2019-2026); 2. “Soft like Silk, Pliable like Bamboo”: Practicing Resilience-in-Context—A Multi-Method Study of Resilience with Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Thailand (SSHRC, 2017-2021); 3. MFARR-Asia Infrastructure (CFI, 2018-2022); and, 4. The ‘Phi-Nong’ Project: Development and Pilot Testing of a Culturally Adapted, High-impact HIV Preventive Intervention with Young Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender Women in Chonburi Province, Thailand (CIHR, 2017-2021).

Presentation: PrEP Acceptability and Preferences among MSM Communities in Chennai and Mumbai: A Discrete Choice Experiment [PDF]

Canadian Association for HIV Research

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