David Seal is a Professor, Vice-Chair, and Doctoral Program Director in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He has extensive experience and expertise with the conduct of social behavioral formative and intervention research within a multicultural community-based participatory framework. He currently is Co-PI of an NIDA-funded HIV prevention study with rural opioid users. He also was the (co)-P.I. on funded HIV prevention intervention studies with men who have sex with men, prison populations, and delinquent female adolescents. He also has been the PI on funded studies to explore sexual behavior among at-risk individuals in Lebanon and Syria; the impact of intersecting identifies on risk behavior among racial and ethnic minority men; and emotional and sexual intimacy among gay, lesbian, and heterosexual couples. He further is involved in violence prevention initiatives. Seal received his PhD in Social Psychology from the University of New Mexico. He is a Past-President and Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior.
- Storer, H., Talan, A., Swiatlo, A., LeSar, K., Broussard, M., Kendall C., Seal, D., & Madkour, A.S. (In press). Context matters: Factors that influence African American teens perceptions and definitions of dating violence. Manuscript accepted for publication.
- Madkour, A. S., Swiatlo, A., Talan, A., LeSar, K., Broussard, M., Kendall, C., & Seal, D. (2016). Sources of help for dating violence victims: a qualitative inquiry into the perceptions of African American teens. Journal of interpersonal violence, 0886260516675467.
- Seal. D.W., Nguyen, A., & Beyer, K. (2014). Youth exposure to violence in an urban setting. Urban Studies Research, vol. 2014, Article ID 368047.
- Pinkerton, S.D., Galletly, C.L., & Seal, D.W. (2007). Model-based estimates of HIV acquisition due to prison rape. Prison Journal, 87, 295-310.
Selected Research Grants
UH3-DA044826 Seal & Westergaard (Co-PIs) 8/1/19-7/31/22
NIH / NIDA
Community-Based, Client-Centered Prevention Homes to Address the Rural Opioid Epidemic
Grant Amount: $2,330,891
This project aims to (1)estimate the prevalence of HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections among people who inject opioids, and the availability of essential prevention services, in 6 rural Wisconsin counties; (2) comprehensively assess unmet needs and available resources for the provision of essential prevention services for people who inject opioids in rural communities; and (3) evaluate the impact of the Client-Centered Prevention Home model, deployed within syringe service programs in counties with high burden of opioid injection, on the proportion of clients who receive the package of 9 essential services endorsed by the World Health Organization to prevent HIV/HCV in people who inject drugs.