B.R. Simon Simon Rosser

University of Minnesota

B. R. Simon Rosser, Ph.D., M.P.H., L.P., is professor and director of the HIV/STI Intervention and Prevention Studies (HIPS) Program, in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He has advanced degrees in psychology, epidemiology, and behavioral medicine, with postdoctoral training in clinical/research sexology. Born and raised in New Zealand, his career has specialized in advancing gay and bisexual men's health. Simon is a prodigious researcher as evidenced by 7 books, 15 book chapters, and over 150 peer reviewed scientific papers focused on gay men’s health. An NIH-funded researcher, and current chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Prevention Studies Section at NIH, he conducted the first NIH-funded studies of Internet-based HIV prevention for men who use the Internet to seek sex with men, the effects of gay pornography on HIV risk, the social effects of structural homophobia on sexual risk behavior, and most recently, the effects of treatment on gay and bisexual prostate cancer survivors. In addition, he conducted the first studies of sexual dysfunction in gay and bisexual men, named anodyspareunia (painful receptive anal sex) as a sexual dysfunction, conducted studies of gay Catholics and gay Muslims, and pioneered treatment of internalized homonegativity using comprehensive sexual health education. Currently, he directs the University of Minnesota Graduate Minor in Sexual Health and teaches two courses: “Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS”, and “Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Health.”


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