Contact Information

Assistant Research Scientist
University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras
Institute for Psychological Research
PO BOX 23174
San Juan, PR 00931-3174
United States of America

Office 787-764-0000 x 7188

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2014


David Pérez-Jiménez, Ph.D.

David Pérez-Jiménez, Ph.D.


Post-Ph.D. in HIV prevention research, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Ph.D. in Social-Community Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
B.A. in Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

Research Statement

My research career has focused on: (a) the construction of gender roles and how it relates to HIV risk; (b) the testing of HIV/AIDS preventive interventions for heterosexual young adult couples; and (c) recently, exploring the attitudes toward intimate partner violence (IPV) and alcohol use among young adults, and how they relate to HIV infection. In addition to continue working in these areas I am interested in: (a) testing interventions that addresses HIV, IPV, and alcohol use prevention using a syndemic approach; and (b) examining the psychological, structural and community factors associated with alcohol and other substance use, IPV, and HIV.

About Me

I started my professional career as research scientist after obtaining my Ph.D. in 1995. I started providing emotional support to people with AIDS. That experience helped me realize the need to test effective preventive interventions. My career as research scientist has been influenced by my conviction that research has the potential to make important contributions for social change. Research allows exposing those realities that sometimes are hidden and look for solutions to contemporary problems. Being a research scientist allows me to be creative and also to mentor a new generation of researchers.

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