Homero E. del Pino, PhD, MA, MSc

Co-Director, CHIME Investigator Development Core

Homero E. del Pino has a BA in philosophy from Cornell University and holds a doctorate in philosophy and a master of science in clinical research from UCLA.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  As a philosopher, Dr. del Pino focused on ethics and wrote his dissertation on the topic of weakness of the will. He then worked with health departments and community-based organizations at the national level and with the CDC before starting his research career in public health. His primary research interests include the impact of family relationships on the health outcomes of sexual minority men of color across the life span, substance use, and HIV risk. He is currently the principal investigator of “Entre Herman@s,” an NIH-funded, randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of engaging the siblings of Latino men who have sex with men in the development and dissemination of HIV PrEP-promotion messages. He is also the recipient of a K01 career development award to explore strategies for engaging the families of Latino MSM in HIV prevention efforts.

COHORT

2012-13 & 2014-15

Project

2014-2015 Pilot Project, “Exploring the sexual risk behaviors of older HIV+ men who have sex with men.” Dr. del Pino’s RCMAR/CHIME- and UCLA CTSI-funded project is a description of how social support, patterns of alcohol and drug use and prevalence of sexual risk behaviors of older (>50 years old), HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MWM), and a comparison to older (>50 years old), HIV-positive MWM with two younger cohorts (30-39 years old and 40-49 years old) of HIV-positive MWM vis-à-vis social support, alcohol and drug use and sexual risk.

Project

2012-2013 Pilot Project, “Exploring the social support of gay men in sobriety.” Dr. del Pino’s RCMAR/CHIME- and UCLA CTSI-funded project explored how social support and family dynamics helped/hindered gay Latino men’s efforts to recover from alcohol dependence, and whether sexuality made a difference.

Publications

  • del Pino HE, Harawa NT, Liao D, Moore AA, Karlamangla A. (2018). “Age and Age Discordance Associations with Condomless Sex among Men Who Have Sex with Men.” AIDS Behav, 22(2): 649-657. PMCID: PMC5537058 DOI: 10.1007/s10461-017-1694-9
  • del Pino HE, Moore MR, McCuller WJ, Zaldivar R, Moore AA. Negotiating emotional support: Sober gay Latinos and their families. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services. 2014 Apr 1;26(2):222-243. PMID: 25057235. PMCID: PMC4104244. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25057235
  • del Pino HE, Moore MR, Dacus JD, McCuller WJ, Fernandez L, Moore AA. Stigma and Family Relationships of Middle-Aged Gay Men in Recovery. J Gay Lesbian Soc Serv. 2016;28(1):1-19. Epub 2016 Jan 29. PubMed PMID: 27092028; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4833399.