Don Operario, PhD

Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Don Operario is Professor of Public Health in the Department of Behavior and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health.

He was trained as a Social and Health Psychologist (BA, UCLA; MS, PhD, UMass Amherst; Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Francisco). He was previously on the faculty of the University of Oxford (Department of Social Policy and Social Work) and before that was at the University of California San Francisco (Center for AIDS Prevention Studies - Department of Medicine). 

His research addresses two inter-related areas. The first general area concerns the social psychological determinants of HIV, sexual health, and related health issues (substance use, mental health) in diverse communities, with an emphasis on developing and evaluating theory-based social and behavioral interventions for members of high-risk groups. A second research area concerns the lived experiences associated with social inequality, with an emphasis on understanding the perspectives of disadvantaged group members and addressing associated health and psychosocial disparities. He conducts research addressing both U.S. domestic and international public health issues.