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David Seal

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David Seal, PhD

Specialty Areas:

HIV prevention, gender and sexuality, sexual health

VPI Core Areas

VPI Core Areas: #Community Violence

Angles of Approach

#Prevention Intervention


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.


Publications: NCBI

Selected Publications

Selected Research Grants

UH3-DA044826                     Seal & Westergaard (Co-PIs)                     8/1/19-7/31/22
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.


Courses with violence related topics

Dr. Seal’s School of Public Health profile page