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Deng-Min Chuang


MSW (2012, Graduate Institute of Social Work, National Chengchi University)

BSW (2008, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, National Taiwan Normal University)

B.Ed (2008, Department of Special Education, National Taiwan Normal University)

Research Interests: HIV care, HIV prevention, drug abuse, immigration

Year of Study: 5

Deng-Min has been actively involved in HIV care and HIV prevention in Taiwan and in Toronto for more than a decade. He is a licensed social worker and HIV case manager in Taiwan, and used to work at a community-based organization and drug abuser center for four years. Once established in Toronto, he worked closely with several community-based organizations for improving community engagement and capacity building among racialized immigrants, refugees, and non-status people living with HIV/AIDS.

Deng-Min’s master thesis­ – correlates of empowerment among people living with HIV/AIDS in Taiwan – won him the Best Social Work Thesis Award 2012 from the Taiwan Association of Social Work Education as well as the Best Social Work Thesis Award 2012 from China Association for Social Work Education.

For his doctoral thesis, he is interested in the impact of complex adversities and cultural influences on sexual risk behaviours among men who have sex with men in Taiwan. The aim of this thesis is to examine the etiological factors which may be associated with HIV risk and to discuss possible coping strategies and resilience factors among Taiwanese MSM in order to better inform a novel HIV prevention program.


Selected Publications:

  1. Fang L. & Chuang, D.-M. & Al-Raes, M. (2019). Social support, mental health needs, and HIV risk behaviors: A gender-specific, correlation study. BMC Public Health.
  2. Chuang, D.-M., Newman, P. A., & Weaver, J. (2019). HIV Vaccine Preparedness among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Taiwan: Sociocultural and Behavioral Factors. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (JIAPAC), 18, 1-9.
  3. Chuang, D.-M., & Newman, P. A. (2018). Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) awareness and acceptability among men who have sex with men in Taiwan. AIDS Education and Prevention, 30(6), 490–501.
  4. Chuang, D.-M., Newman, P. A. & Li, A. T.-W. (2018). Syndemic factors and HIV infection among men who have sex with men in Taiwan. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, e-pub ahead of print.
  5. Lacombe-Duncan, A. & Chuang, D.-M. (2017). A social ecological approach to understanding life satisfaction among socioeconomically-disadvantaged people living with HIV/AIDS in Taiwan: Implications for social work practice. British Journal of Social Work48(3), 557-577.
  6. Fang, L., Chuang, D.-M.& Lee, Y. (2016). Adverse childhood experiences, gender, and HIV risk behaviors: Results from a population-based sample. Preventive Medicine Reports, 4, 113-120.
  7. Chuang, D.-M., & Lacombe-Duncan, A. (2016).  Community engagement among men who have sex with men living with HIV/AIDS in Taiwan. AIDS Care, 28(4), 445-449.
  8. Newman, P. A., Rubincam, C., Slack, C., Essack, Z., Chakrapani, V., Chuang, D.-M., Tepjan, S. et al. (2015). Towards a science of stakeholder engagement in biomedical HIV prevention research: An embedded multiple case study in Canada, India, South Africa and Thailand. PLoS ONE, 10(8): e0135937.
  9. Chuang, D.-M.& Fang, L. (2014) Association of traumatic experience and recreational drug use among men who have sex with men. AIDS Care in Taiwan, 88, 22-31. (Published in Chinese)
  10. Chuang, D.-M., & Song, L.-Y. (2013). Correlates of empowerment for people living with HIV/AIDS. NTU Social Work Review, 28, 47-92. in Chinese)
  11. Chuang, D.-M., & Shen, C.-Y. (2013). Shaking their heads in the closet: Drug use experiences and coping strategies of young gay men. NTU Social Work Review, 27, 1-44. in Chinese)