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The Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research

J. Michael Wilkerson, PhD

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Assistant Professor


Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences


Graduate Certificate in Social Marketing for Public Health
University of South Florida

MPH in Epidemiology
University of Minnesota

PhD in Adult, Professional, and Community Education
Texas State University

MSEd in Health Education
Baylor University

BBA in Marketing
Baylor University

Teaching Interests

Special Topics: Seminar on the Health of Sexual and Gender Minorities
Health Disparities Seminar
Principles of Adult and Community Education for Public Health Educators
Health Promotion Theory for Individuals and Groups: Part 1

Research Interests

Substance Use Prevention and Recovery
HIV/STI Prevention
LGBTQ+ Health Disparities
Adolescent Sexual Health


J. Michael Wilkerson is an Assistant Professor in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. His academic training includes a doctoral degree in adult, professional, and community education, a master's degree in health education, and a master's degree in epidemiology. He is interested in how structural and psychosocial factors contribute to behaviors that increase health disparities among marginalized populations, and in the development of multi-level interventions. He has been working in community health education for nearly 20 years.


Phone: +1 (713) 500-9974
Fax: +1 (713) 500-9602

Current Projects

Houston Men’s Project

In-depth interviews with polysubstance-using men who have sex with men in the Houston area.

Houston Truck Stop Study

Health needs assessment of long-haul truckers and sex workers found at truck stops in the Houston area

YMAP: Young Men’s Affiliation Project of HIV Risk and Prevention Venue | NIH/NIMH 1R01MH100021

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This project conducts a multisite longitudinal network study to investigate the HIV/STD risk and protective behaviors associated with social networks created by venue affiliations among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) ages 16-29 years. This study is conducted in two cities (Houston and Chicago).


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Needs assessment of methamphetamine-using men who have sex with men in the US.

Tell Us, Texas

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SGM health needs assessment


Needs assessment of men having sex with men in the State of Maharahstra, India.

Recent News

Researchers target truck stops

Vanessa Schick, Ph.D., and J. Michael Wilkerson, Ph.D., credit a road trip for sparking the research project that recently earned them a coveted Front of the Envelope Award.