Darren Whitfield Assistant Professor



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Biography

Assistant Professor Darren Whitfield received his PhD in social work from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. Darren also received his MSW from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work and BSW from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake Iowa. Dr. Whitfield has more than 10 years of practice experience working in the HIV/AIDS field. He has worked in micro practice as a Ryan White case manager and therapeutic counselor for HIV positive individuals, in macro practice as a contract monitor for Ryan White Service at the Virginia Department of Public Health and in administrative roles as the Director of Prevention and Supervisor for Care Services at the AIDS Project of Central Iowa. He has served on several community advisory boards including the Iowa HIV Community Planning Group and the Iowa Gay Men’s Health Workgroup.

Research Interests

Dr. Whitfield conducts research on several key health areas. His primary research focus is on understanding the impact of psychosocial, sociocultural, and structural factors on HIV acquisition and care outcomes for gay, bisexual, queer, and same-gender-loving (GBQSGL) men of color. Furthermore, his scholarship focuses on role of systems of oppression on health outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, understanding the importance of intersectional social identities and the impact of identity on health disparities for LGBTQ individuals. His goal is to develop intersectional measures of identity, interventions that address psychosocial, sociocultural, and structural factors associated with disproportionate rates of HIV infection among GBQSGL men of color and policy changes that eliminate structural discrimination for LGBTQ communities.

Selected Funded Grants

Co-Principal Investigator, Darren Whitfield. The Effect of Partner Characteristics on Sexual Risk Taking among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men. Funder:  Public Good Grant Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at the University of Denver.

Selected Awards

  • Minority Fellowship Program, Council on Social Work Education
  • Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity Scholarship Award, Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity, Council on Social Work Education
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression (SOGE) Scholarship Award, Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression, Council on Social Work Education
  • Mentoring Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research

Selected Publications

Kattari, S. K., Whitfield, D. L., Walls, N.E., Ramos, D. & Langenderfer-Magruder, L. (2016). Policing gender through housing and employment discrimination: Differential risk within the LGBTQ community. Journal of the Society for Social Work Research, doi: 10.1086/686920

Langenderfer-Magruder, L., Walls, N.E., Kattari, S.K., Whitfield, D. L., & Ramos, D. (2016). Sexual victimization and subsequent police reporting by gender identity among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer adults. Violence and Victims, 31(2),

Kattari, S. K., Walls, N.E., Whitfield, D. L. & Langenderfer-Magruder, L. (2015). Racial and ethnic differences in experiences of discrimination in accessing health services among transgender people. International Journal of Transgenderism, 16 (2), 68-79, doi: 10.1080/15532739.2015.1064336

Langenderfer-Magruder, L., Walls, N. E., Whitfield, D. L., Brown, S. M., & Barrett, C. (2015). Partner violence among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth: Associations among risk factors. Child and Adolescent Social Work, 33(1), 55-68 doi: 10.1007/s10560-015-0402-8

Langenderfer Magruder, L., Whitfield D. L., Walls, N.E., Kattari, S.K., & Ramos, D. (2014). Experiences of intimate partner violence and subsequent police reporting among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer adults: Comparing rates of cisgender and transgender victimization. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0886260514556767

Whitfield, D.L., Walls, N. E., Langenderfer Magruder, L., & Clark, B. (2014). Queer is the new Black? Not so much:  Racial disparities in anti-GLBTQ discrimination. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 26, 426 – 440. doi: 10.1080/10538720.2014.955556