Formative Research to Inform the Development of a Gender Affirmative and Anti-Transphobia Approach to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment for Transgender and Gender Diverse Adults

Don Operario, MD

Don Operario, MD

Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Brown University School of Public Health


Don Operario is Professor of Public Health at Brown University. His research addresses two inter-related areas. The first general area concerns the social psychological determinants of HIV, mental health, and related health issues (substance use, structural violence, access to services) in historically marginalized communities, with an emphasis on developing and evaluating theory-based social and behavioral interventions that are relevant for delivery in complex communities. A second research area concerns the lived experiences associated with social inequality, with an emphasis on understanding the perspectives of intersectional identities and addressing health and psychosocial disparities. His NIH-funded projects examine these public health issues among racial and ethnic minority populations as well as sexual and gender minority populations in the United States, the Philippines, China, South Korea, Kenya, and South Africa.

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