New York Medical College

David Moskowitz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health

David Moskowitz, Ph.D.



Department of Epidemiology and Community Health
Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion
School of Health Sciences and Practice


(914) 594-3883

Professional Interests:

Dr. David Moskowitz, assistant professor of Epidemiology and Community Health, received his Ph.D. (2007), M.A. (2005), and B.S. (2003) from Northwestern University. After the successful defense of his dissertation on HIV restitution, he trained as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. For two years, he developed skills as a quantitative and qualitative HIV/AIDS behavioral scholar. He taught health communication at the University of Texas before becoming faculty at the New York Medical College.

In terms of research, Dr. Moskowitz has over 20 peer-reviewed, scientific articles in academic journals such as AIDS and Behavior, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Journal of Sexual Medicine, and Patient Education and Counseling. He also is on the editorial board of the Archives of Sexual Behavior. Much of his research centers on risk-taking behaviors among men who have sex with men (MSM), gay and bisexual male health, and patient-provider health disparities within the LGBT community. He additionally is interested in the role of social identity and subgroup affiliation in predicting differences in sexual health. He specializes in correlates of active condom eschewal and continues to contribute to the literature concerning HIV disclosure and other forms of communication regarding HIV serostatus, condom use, and STD/HIV infection. His future research veins include obesity and sexual health, body image and body interpretation, agenda setting and health decision-making, and sexual control.

Dr. Moskowitz holds elected positions in academic organizations. He is the secretary-treasurer of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR;, which is arguably the top sex research membership organization for the past 40 years. He also is actively affiliated with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and is the membership chair of the LGBT Caucus of Public Health Workers (

Dr. Moskowitz is an active supporter of the Sex-Positive movement and continues to support education, research, and counseling that advocate sexual expressiveness (regardless of HIV serostatus) as healthy, natural and good.


Education Profile:

Post Graduate Studies:   Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Graduate Degree:   Ph.D.

Graduate Degree Institution:   Northwestern University

Undergraduate Institution:  Northwestern University

Selected Bibliography:

Hart, T. A., Moskowitz, D. A., Cox, C., Li, X., Ostrow, D. G., Stall, R. D., Gorbach, P. M., & Plankey, M. (2012). The cumulative effects of medication use, drug use, and smoking on erectile dysfunction among men who have sex with men. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 9, 1106-1113.

Klein, H., Lambing, T. P., Moskowitz, D. A., Washington, T. A., & Gilbert, L. K.  (2010). Recommendations for performing internet-based research on sensitive subject matter with “hidden” or difficult-to-reach populations. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 22, 371-398.

Mitchell, J. W., Harvey, S. M., Champeau, D., Moskowitz, D. A., & Seal, D. W. (2012). Relationship factors associated with gay male couples’ concordance on aspects of their sexual agreements: Establishment, type, and adherence. AIDS and Behavior, 16, 1560-1569.

Mitchell, J. W., Moskowitz, D. A., & Seal, D. W. (2012). Understanding the Agreements and Behaviors of Men Who Have Sex With Men Who Are Dating or Married to Women: Unexpected Implications for a Universal HIV/STI Testing Protocol. International Public Health Journal, 4, 393-402.

Moskowitz, D. A. (2010). Claiming HIV-infection from improbable modes as a possible coping strategy. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 311-324.

Moskowitz, D. A., & Hart, T. A. (2011). The influence of physical body traits and masculinity on gay male anal sex roles. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 835-841.

Moskowitz, D. A., Melton, D., & Owczarzak, J. (2009). PowerON: The use of instant message counseling and the Internet to facilitate HIV/STD education and prevention. Patient Education and Counseling, 77, 20-26.

Moskowitz, D. A., Rieger, G., & Roloff, M. E. (2010). Heterosexual attitudes towards same-sex marriage. Journal of Homosexuality, 57, 325-336.

Moskowitz, D. A., Rieger, G., & Roloff, M. E. (2008). Tops, bottoms, and versatiles. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 23, 191-202.

Moskowitz, D. A., Rieger, G., & Seal, D. W. (2009). Narcissism, self-evaluations, and partner preferences among men who have sex with men. Personality and Individual Differences, 46, 725-728.

Moskowitz, D. A., & Roloff, M. E. (2008). Vengeance, HIV disclosure, and perceived HIV transmission to others. AIDS and Behavior, 12, 721-728.

Moskowitz, D. A., & Roloff, M. E. (2010). Moderators of sexual behavior in gay men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 950-958.

Moskowitz, D. A., & Roloff, M. E. (2012). On the HIV serodiscordant romantic relationship. In M. D’Silva, J. Hart, & K. Walker, (Eds.), Communication about HIV/AIDS: Taboo topics and difficult conversations (pp. 61-78). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Moskowitz, D. A., & Roloff, M. E. (2007). The existence of a bug chasing subculture. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 9, 347-357.

Moskowitz, D. A., & Roloff, M. E. (2007). The ultimate high: Sexual addiction and the bug chasing phenomenon. Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, 14, 21-40.

Moskowitz, D. A., & Seal, D. W. (2010). “GWM Looking for sex—SERIOUS ONLY”: The interplay of sexual ad placement frequency and success on the sexual health of “men seeking men” on Craigslist. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 22, 399-412.

Moskowitz, D. A., & Seal, D. W. (2010). Revisiting obesity and condom use in men who have sex with men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 761-765.

Moskowitz, D. A., & Seal, D. W. (2011). Self-esteem in HIV-positive and HIV-negative men who have sex with men: Implications for risk-taking behaviors with casual sex partners. AIDS and Behavior, 15, 621-625.

Moskowitz, D. A., Seal, D. W., Rintamaki, L., & Rieger, G. (2011). HIV in the leather community: Rates and risk-related behaviors. AIDS and Behavior, 15, 557-564.

Moskowitz, D. A., Turrubiates, J., Lozano, H., & Hajek, C. (2013). Physical, behavioral, and psychological traits of gay men identifying as bears. Archives of Sexual Behavior (online ahead of press). doi: 10.1007/s10508-013-0095-z

Rieger, G., Linsenmeier, J. A. W., Gygax, L., Siler-Knogl, A. K., Moskowitz, D. A., & Bailey, J. M. (2011). Sex typicality and attractiveness in childhood and adulthood: Assessing their relationships from videos. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 143-154.

Robinson, B. A., & Moskowitz, D. A. (2013). The eroticism of Internet cruising as a self-contained behaviour: a multivariate analysis of men seeking men demographics and getting off online. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15(5), 555-569.


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