2020 NCSWH Pre-Conference: The Personal & Public Health Challenges of Crystal Methamphetamine Use in Gay, Bisexual and Other MSM

The 2020 National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS
Pre-Conference Institute 
The Personal & Public Health Challenges of Crystal Methamphetamine Use in Gay, Bisexual and Other MSM
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
8:30am-12:00 noon 
Cost: $100.00 ( Pre-registration required)

Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

While use of crystal methamphetamine use has been evident in the population of gay, bisexual, and other MSM for several decades, the drug has garnered increased attention in the last 2 years alongside concerns about opioid addiction. Drawing on 2 decades of research conducted by at the Center for Health, Identity Behavior & Prevention Studies, mixed methods data will be utilized to evidence how methamphetamine use manifest in the population

 Learning Objectives:

Discuss patterns of methamphetamine use among diverse samples of gay, bisexual and other MSM.

Describe drivers and associations of methamphetamine use with sexual risk taking that may lead to the transmission of bacterial and viral pathogens, including HIV.

List recommendations for addressing methamphetamine (and other drug) use in practice and prevention for sexual minority men .


Continuing Education Credit Hours: 3.5  hours

Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (ACE Approval #1548) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Collaborative Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period:  04/15/2018 - 04/15/2021). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 

Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3.5  clinical continuing education clock hours.

Perry N Halkitis (Moderator)

Dean and Professor of Biostatistics and Urban-Global Public Health

Perry N Halkitis, Ph.D., M.S., MPH is a public health psychologist, researcher, educator, and advocate who is Dean and Professor of Biostatistics and Urban-Global Public Health at the School of Public Health at Rutgers University. Dr. Halkitis is the founder and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS). He is also Professor in the, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, School of Health Professions, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine and School of Public Affairs and Administration, as well as primary member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Global Health Institute. Dr. Halkitis is also Professor Emeritus at the College of Global Public Health at New York University.


For three decades, Dr. Halkitis’ program of research has examined the intersection between HIV, HPV and other STIs, drug abuse, and mental health burden, with regard to the biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and structural factors that predispose these and other health disparities in the LGBTQ population. His work focuses in the translation of this knowledge through implementation science research that examines the effectiveness tailored and adaptive interventions in order to prevent these disparities., which is a training site for the next generation of scholars and partners with community agencies to conduct studies for and with the LGBTQ population.   His research program has been awarded over $30 million in grant funding.


Dr. Halkitis is the author of the 2019 book, Out in Time: The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation. His 2013 book, The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, is a 2014 Lambda Literary Award nominee, and recipient of the American Psychological Association Distinguished Book Award in LGBT Psychology. Dr. Halkitis is also the author of Methamphetamine Addiction: Biological Foundations, Psychological Factors, and Social Consequences, and lead editor of two additional books. He has authored of over 250 peer-reviewed academic manuscripts, hundreds of papers for professional conferences, and dozens of keynotes. Because he conducts work on the hyphen of theory and practice, Dr. Halkitis actively disseminates knowledge to mainstream media, appearing frequently on television, radio, and podcasts.


Dr. Halkitis has been the Editor in Chief of Behavioral Medicine since 2013 and is the Founding Editor in Chief of Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health, which will publish its first issue in 2020. He has also served on the editorial board of numerous journals including, AIDS & Behavior, American Journal of Men’s Health, and Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.


Throughout his career, Dr. Halkitis has been on the forefront of fighting for the rights of those infected with and affected by HIV, as well as being an outspoken advocate for the rights and health of the LGBTQ population. Dr. Halkitis is actively involved in all aspects of community building and empowerment through the dissemination and translation of the innovative, timely, and valuable public health research that he and his teams at Rutgers and CHIBPS undertake.


He is the recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organizations. He is an elected a fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine, The Society of Behavioral Medicine, The European Academy of Translational Medicine and in four divisions of the American Psychological Association.


Dr. Halkitis serves on the Board of Directors of, the New Jersey Public Health Association, the Association for School and Programs of Public Health, as well as the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities. He also serves on the advisory boards of the both New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Advisory Committee, the Tyler Clementi Center and Safehouse.  He previously served on the boards of Body Positive, GMHC, the Generations Project, the Hyacinth Foundation, the HIV League, and the New York State Public Health Association.


Dr. Halkitis holds degrees in psychology, education, and public health.

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05/20/2020 at 8:30 AM (EDT)   |  210 minutes
05/20/2020 at 8:30 AM (EDT)   |  210 minutes While the use of crystal methamphetamine use has been evident in the population of gay, bisexual, and other MSM for several decades, the drug has garnered increased attention in the last 2 years alongside concerns about opioid addiction. Drawing on 2 decades of research conducted by at the Center for Health, Identity Behavior & Prevention Studies, mixed methods data will be utilized to evidence how methamphetamine use manifest in the population.