Elwin Wu


Dr. Wu is the Co-Director of the Social Intervention Group and the Co-Director of the HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Racial/Ethnic Minority New Investigators. His practice experience includes direct clinical practice with individuals, couples, and groups with agencies serving primarily the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities; evaluation of violence prevention programs for perpetrators of intimate partner violence in same-sex relationships; and program development and evaluation for criminal justice-involved adolescents and adults.

Dr. Wu’s research primarily consists of prevention and intervention research that focuses on offenders—defined as those whose behaviors place others at risk for health and pyschosocial problems—residing at the nexus of drug abuse, partner violence, and HIV. Dr. Wu has also recently embarked upon empirical investigations into factors and experiences that affect the professional trajectory of up-and-coming racial/ethnic minority researchers interested in applied sociobehavioral science to address and redress health disparities.

Research Interests:

Dr. Wu’s program of research targets a combination of five foci:

  • Services research, which investigates the impact of structural and program characteristics as well as their interactions with client attributes in shaping the efficacy and utilization of services;
  • Systems science to investigate and dissect the dynamics of interacting units;
  • Prevention and intervention research to advance theoretical frameworks used to understand social issues and intervention programs with scientific evidence of efficacy and effectiveness;
  • Science of sociobehavioral research training to systematically identify the needs, challenges, and supportive mechanisms that advance the skills and success of new investigators; and
  • Methodological advances to address and overcome challenges inherent in sociobehavioral research that are not encountered in the natural sciences.

Dr. Wu’s research targets the following populations:

  • Offenders, defined as individuals whose behaviors jeopardize the well-being of others and/or society (as opposed to a definition that indicates criminal justice involvement);
  • Non-heteronormative individuals/sexual minorities, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals; and
  • Racial/ethnic minorities burdened with health disparities and social inequalities as well as those underrepresented in science and academia.

Current Grants & Projects:

  • Connect n’ Unite, HIV Prevention for African American, Methamphetamine-Involved Male Couples
  • Service Use, ATI Program Outcomes, and Pro-Social Change
  • Novel
  • HIV/STI Prevention for Drug-Involved Couples
  • HIV/STI Risk Reduction for African American Couples
  • Identifying Factors That Affect HIV Treatment Adherence Among IDUs in Shymkent, Kazakhstan
  • Couples-Based HIV/STI Prevention for Injecting Drug Users in Kazakhstan
  • HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Minority New Investigators
  • Combined Treatment of Alcohol Dependent Women with PTSD
  • Using Multimedia and the Internet to Disseminate a HIV/STI Prevention Intervention
  • Modeling the Impact of Group Membership Turnover in Ecologically-Valid Treatment