Paul J. Poppen

Paul J Poppen

Chair of the Department of Psychology and Professor of Applied Social Psychology
Room 418
Address: 2125 G St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Phone: 202-994-6324



Current Research

In the past decade, much of my research has focused on gender, culture, and health, especially relevant to HIV/AIDS. I have been especially interested in how individuals perceive the risk of their own behavior, and whether that perception of risk influences change in behavior or the adoption of safer behaviors. I am currently on the Executive Committee of the GW HIV/AIDS Institute, and am Director of the Behavioral Science, Public Health, and Biostatistics Core of the DC Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR), 2010-2015. A current research project is a five year (2008-2013) NICHD funded study on “HIV Prevalence, Sexual Behavior, and Attitudes toward Circumcision among Colombian MSM” (M.C.Zea, PI). A previous project was "Contextual Factors on Sexual Risk among Latino MSM (M.C. Zea, PI): this project used a social psychological approach in which the immediate context (e.g., the surroundings, the setting, the type of sexual partner, substance use) was examined for its influence on sexual behaviors, with a sample of 600 Brazilian, Colombia, and Dominican MSM in New York City A recently completed project was a four year NIMH funded study on "Disclosure of HIV Status among Latino Gay Men" (M.C. Zea, PI), which tested a model of both antecedents of disclosure as well as consequences. Ongoing research focuses on college students and their perceptions of the STD/HIV risk associated with sexual behavior.


Ph.D. 1973, Cornell University


Meade, C.S., Wang, J.P., Lin, X.Y., Wu, H.,  &  Poppen, P.J.  (2010).  Stress and coping in HIV-Positive former plasma blood donors in China:  A test of cognitive appraisal theory.   AIDS & Behavior, 14, 328-338. Published on line 1/07/2009.  DOI: 10.1007/s10461-008-9494-x.

Zea, M. C., Reisen, C. A., Poppen, P.J., & Bianchi, F. T.  (2009).  Unprotected anal intercourse among Latino MSM:  the role of characteristics of the person and the sexual encounter.  AIDS & Behavior, 13, 700-715.  Published on line 11/20/2008.  DOI: 10.1007/s10461-008-9488-8.

Lo, S., Zea, M. C., & Poppen, P.J.  (2009).   Information Uncertainty and Sexual Disclosures in the Era of HIV/AIDS.  In Afifi, W., & Afifi, T.  (Editors).  Handbook of Uncertainty and Information Regulation.  pp. 254-276.  Routledge. 

Reisen, C.A., Zea, M.C.,  Poppen, P.J., & Bianchi, F.T. (2007)  Male Circumcision and HIV status among Latino immigrant MSM in New York City, Journal of LGBT Health Research, 3(4), 29-36.

Zea, M. C., Reisen, C. A., Poppen, P.J., Bianchi, F. T., & Echeverry, J. J.  (2007).  Predictors of Disclosure of HIV-Positive serostatus among Latino Gay Men.  Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 13, 304-312.