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Darrell Wheeler (1959 - )
Darrell Wheeler demonstrates excellence as both an educator and medical researcher. Wheeler’s pioneering research focuses on the identification and exploration of individual and communal resiliency in HIV prevention and intervention, with particular emphasis on African American gay, bisexual and transgender communities. His work has extended over a broad area of a diverse male population, and he is the author or coauthor of innumerable articles, book chapters, monographs on AIDS, and on various male patterns of behavior. His work has been funded by such esteemed bodies as the American International Health Alliance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for which he received a four-year grant of over $1.75 million. His direct service accomplishments have encompassed both the medical and psychiatric service arenas. His work has shown understanding of social work practice methods and community, engaged research and scholarship to advance the use of data and evidence in developing and implementing innovative programs and policy initiatives, and promoted local scholarly products with prior students and community agencies.
Wheeler has been dean of Loyola’s University School of Social Work since 2011. Prior to that, he served at Hunter College’s School of Social Work as Associate Dean for Research and Community Partnerships from 2007 until 2011, Associate Professor from 2005 until 2011, and Assistant Professor from 2001-2005.
Wheeler has taught at the University of California, San Francisco (1997-99) and the University of North Carolina’s School of Social Work at Greensboro (1992-95). He was a research scientist at New York’s State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute from 1998-2000, a psychotherapist in private practice from 1993-95, and a senior research associate at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics from 1991-92. In the 1980’s, Wheeler was a project director for Southeast Vicariate Cluster, Inc. (1989-91), a case manager from 1987-88, and a mental health technician at Ridgeway Hospital.
He has served on a number of professional organizations, including the Harlem Dowling-WestSide Center for Children and Family Services (1997-2007), and the NASW National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Task Force from 1999-2000.
Wheeler is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Darrell Wheeler received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992, his MPH at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990, and his MSW from Howard University in 1988. He received his BA in Sociology from Cornell College in 1981.
Wheeler served as an elected delegate to the 2008 NASW, NYC chapter delegate assembly and served as a member of the Advisory Council of the African American Family Well-Being Project in 2003.
He was a mental health technician with the U.S. Air Force from 1986-87.
Significant Achievements and Awards
Darrell Wheeler was the recipient of an American International Health Alliance partnership award to develop the capacity of social service programs in Nigeria for orphaned and other vulnerable youth. He was a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Primary Health Care Policy Fellow in 2003; a Henry and Lucy Moses Fellow at Hunter College in 2001-02; received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1995; and was named to the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1987 and 1988. He was elected president of NASW in 2013.
Wheeler has authored or coauthored 50 articles, book chapters, newsletters, monographs, and books reviews. Some of his most recent work includes:
Wheeler, D.P. (2011). National Health Line: Advancing HIV/AIDS Domestic Agenda:
Social worker and Community health workers unite. Health and Social Work, 36(2),
Carlos, J. A., Bingham, T. A., Stueve, A., Lauby, J., Ayala, G., Millett, G. A., & Wheeler, D.P.
(2010). The role of peer support on condom use among Black and Latino MSM in
three urban areas. AIDS Education & Prevention, 22(5), 430-444.
Vermund, S. H., Hodder, S. L., Justman, J. E., Koblin, B. A., Mastro, T. D., Mayer, K. H.,
Wheeler, D.P., et al. (2010). Addressing Research Priorities for Prevention of HIV
Infection in the United States. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 50(S3), S149-S155.
Wheeler, D. P., & Giunta, N. (2009). National health line: Promoting productive aging Wheeler, D. P. (2009). National health line: Mounting social work response to the worsening HIV epidemic in Black communities. Health & Social Work, 34(2), 156-159.
Wheeler, D. P., & Parchment, T. M. (2009). Building capacity for evidence we can believe
in: The argument for social change as an evidence-based practice agenda. Health &
Social Work, 34(1), 71-73.
Bond, L., Wheeler, D. P., Millett, G. A., LaPollo, A. B., Carson, L. F., & Liau, A. (2009).
Black men who have sex with men and the association of down-low identity with HIV
risk behavior. American Journal of Public Health, 99(S1), S92-S95.
Joslin-Roher, E., & Wheeler, D. P. (2009). Partners in transition: The transition experience
of lesbian, bisexual and queer identified partners of transgender men. Journal of Gay
& Lesbian Services, 21(1), 30-48.