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David D. Celentano, ScD

Charles Armstrong Chair, Department of Epidemiology


Departmental Affiliation(s):

Health, Behavior and Society (Joint)
International Health (Joint)
Health Policy and Management (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W6041
Baltimore , Maryland   21205

410 614-0467

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ScD , Johns Hopkins University , 1977
MHS , Johns Hopkins University , 1975


David Celentano, ScD '77, MHS '75, is Professor and Charles Armstrong Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, with joint appointments in International Health, Health, Society and Behavior and Medicine (School of Medicine). His research integrates behavioral science theory and research with epidemiology, in the study of behavioral and social epidemiology. While originally trained in a chronic disease paradigm (alcoholism and cancer control), he began his research in HIV/AIDS and STDs in the early 1980s. He has worked on some of the major cohort studies (ALIVE, MACS) in HIV epidemiology, as well as conducted intervention research in the USA for heterosexual men and women, injection drug users, and young men who have sex with men.

He turned to international research in 1990, when he began a long-term collaboration with Chiang Mai University in northern Thailand. He has worked on and directed numerous HIV/AIDS and STD epidemiological investigations and preventive interventions. He and his collaborators have demonstrated that a behavioral intervention with young military conscripts lead to a 7-fold reduction in incident STDs and halved the HIV incidence rate. In addition, the role of STDs and alcohol use on HIV acquisition has been shown. More recently, his group has conducted a prospective study of hormonal contraception in relation to HIV seroconversion, a study with significant family planning policy and health implications. Today, he is the Principal Investigator of four NIH-supported studies in Thailand, focusing on interventions to influence the association between opiate use, methamphetamine use, and other drugs on HIV. The focus of these interventions is to harness indigenous peer networks for risk reduction. Other work addresses the use of antiretrovirals as HIV prevention and opioid substitution therapy as HIV prevention.

New research includes a community-randomized trial of methods to link men who have sex wtih men with needed health and psychological health services in India, studies of seek, test, treat and retain drug uses with HIV care in India and Vietnam, and a cluster RCT of HIV combination prevention in Iringa, Tanzania. He is also mentor to eight DrPH students from Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Honors and Awards

2000 Fellow, American College of Epidemiology

2002 Member, American Epidemiological Society

2002 Innovators Award, American Association for Public Opinion Research

2002 Achievement Award, American Sexually Transmitted Disease Association

2006 Doctor of Philosopy in Medical Science (honoris causa), Chiang Mai University

epidemiology, international health, HIV, AIDS, STDs, substance abuse, alcohol, behavior, Asia, HIV/AIDS prevention, Thailand, India, Vietnam

  • Click here for a full list of Dr. Celentano's publications

  • Mehta SH, Srikrishnan AK, Celentano DD, Johnson SC, Vasudevan CK, Murugavel KG, Anand S, Kumar MS,Solomon S, Solomon SS.  The Intersection between Sex and Drugs: a cross-sectional study among the spouses of injection drug users in Chennai, India.  BioMed Central Public Health 2011; 11:39. PMCID: 3031221

  • Soong TR, Gravitt PE, Gupta SB, Liaw K, Kim E, Tadesse A, Phongnarison C, Wootipoom V, Yuenyao P, Vipupinyo C, Sriplienchan S, Celentano DD. Genital chalmydia and Gonorrhea are Independent Predictors of HPV Prevalence. American Journal of Epidemiology 2011; 173 sup 11: S25-S25

  • Soong TR, Gravitt PE, Gupta SB, Liaw K, Kim E, Tadesse A, Phongnarisom C, Wootipoom V, Yuenyao P, Vipupinyo C, Sriplienchan S, Celentano DD. Are there mutual Associations between the Incidence of HPV Infection and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections? American Journal of Epidemiology 2011; 173 supp 11: S25-S25

  • Sherman SG, Sutcliffe CG, Srirojn B, German D, Thomson N, Aramrattana A, Celentano DD. Predictors and consequences of incarceration among a sample of young Thai methamphetamine users.  Drug Alcohol Rev. 2010; 29: 399-405. PMID: 20636656