Dr. Parsons is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the Director of the Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST; www.chestnyc.org
). CHEST focuses on the identification and promotion of strategies that prevent the spread of HIV and that improve the lives of people living with HIV. He has been the Principal Investigator on numerous research grants with NIH and CDC. His current research focuses on gay/bisexual men, sexual risk behaviors, drug/alcohol use, sexual compulsivity, gay parenting, and gay couples. He is the Editor of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and an Associate Editor of Archives of Sexual Behavior and AIDS and Behavior.