Richard Wolitski, PhD

Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
Department of Health and Human Services

Richard Wolitski, PhD, is the Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This office is responsible for developing, coordinating, and supporting the implementation of policies, programs, and activities related to HIV, viral hepatitis, other infectious diseases of public health significance.The office also coordinates efforts to ensure safety and availability of blood and tissue products. Dr. Wolitski has worked for three decades as a researcher studying HIV, viral hepatitis, and STD risks and prevention among gay and bisexual men, people who inject drugs, and other populations. He has had key leadership roles in the development of,implmetaiton , and evalutaon of p;is the author of more than 130 scientific articles, chapters, and reports and has co-edited three books. He earned his PhD in community psychology from Georgia State University and his master’s degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach.


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