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Tyrel Starks
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Hunter College
Training Area: Health Psychology and Clinical Science
Research Interests: Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST)
Dr. Starks is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hunter College and jointly appointed to the Health Psychology and Clinical Sciences program at the Graduate Center of CUNY. He completed his PhD in psychology through Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s child-clinical program. As a research-oriented clinical psychologist, Dr. Starks is licensed in the state of New York and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

Dr. Starks’s research program is located at Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST). CHEST has a 20 year track record of conducting federally funded research focused on preventing HIV infection and improving the lives of people living with HIV. Dr. Starks’ research and clinical work focus on the development, delivery and dissemination of substance use and HIV prevention interventions. He has a particular focus on HIV prevention with partnered gay men.  He is currently the PI of an R34 from NIDA which seeks to develop adjunct components for Couples HIV Testing and Counseling which enhance communication skills and address substance use.
Rosenthal, L. & Starks, T.J. (in press). Relationship stigma and relationship outcomes among U.S. adults in interracial and/or same-sex relationships: an examination of sources and buffers. Journal of Family Psychology.
Starks, T.J., Tuck, A., Millar, B. & Parsons, J.T. (in press). Linking syndemic stress and behavioral indicators of main partner HIV transmission risk in gay male couples. AIDS and Behavior.
Wells, B., Starks, T.J., Robel, E., Kelly, B., Parsons, J.T & Golub, S. (in press). From sexual assault to sexual risk: a relational pathway.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Grov, C. Starks, T.J., Wolff, M., Smith, M.D., Koken, J. & Parsons, J.T. (2015). Patterns of clients with their most recent male escort: An application of latent class analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44(4), 1035-1045.
Pantalone, D.W., Tomassilli, J.C., Starks, T.J., Golub, S.A. & Parsons, J.T. (2015). Unprotected anal intercourse with casual male partners in urban gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. American Journal of Public Health, 105(1), 103-110.
Starks, T.J., Millar, B. & Parsons, J.T. (2015).  Correlates of individual versus joint participation in online survey research with same-sex male couples. AIDS and Behavior, 19(6), 963-969.
Starks, T.J., Millar, B. & Parsons, J.T. (2015). Predictors of condom use with main and casual partners among HIV positive men over 50. Health Psychology, 34(1), 1116-1122.
Starks, T.J., Millar, B., Tuck, A. & Wells, B. (2015). The role of sexual expectancies of substance use as a mediator between adult attachment and drug use among gay and bisexual men. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 153, 187-193.
Starks, T.J.,  Newcomb, M.E. & Mustanski, B. (2015). A longitudinal study of interpersonal relationships among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents and young adults: Mediational pathways from attachment to romantic relationship quality. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44(7), 1821-1831.
Vial, A., Starks, T.J. & Parsons, J.T. (2015). Relative efficiency of field and online strategies in the recruitment of HIV-positive men who have sex with men. AIDS Education and Prevention, 27(2), 103-111.
Gamarel, K.E., Starks, T.J., Dilworth, S.E., Neilands, T.B. & Johnson, M.O. (2014). Personal or relational? Examining sexual health in the context of serodiscordant same-sex couples. AIDS and Behavior, 18, 171-179.
Grov, C, Starks, T.J., Rendina, H.J. & Parsons, J.T. (2014). Rules about casual sex partners, relationship satisfaction, and HIV risk in partnered gay and bisexual men. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 40(2), 105-122.
Mustanski, B., Starks, T.J. & Newcomb, M.E. (2014). Methods for the design and analysis of relationship and partner effects on sexual health. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 21-33.
Parsons, J.T. & Starks, T.J. (2014). Drug use and sexual arrangements among gay couples: Frequency, interdependence, and associations with sexual risk. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 89-98.
Parsons, J.T. Starks, T.J., Millar, B.M., Boonrai, K. & Marcotte, D. (2014). Patterns of drug use among HIV positive adults over 50: Implications for treatment and medication adherence. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 139, 33-40.
Pachankis, J., Hatzenbueler, M. & Starks, T.J. (2014). The Influence of structural stigma and rejection sensitivity on young sexual minority men's daily substance use. Journal of Social Science and Medicine, 103, 67-75.
Rendina, H. J., Breslow, A. S., Grov, C., Ventuneac, A., Starks, T. J., & Parsons, J. T. (2014). Interest in couples-based voluntary HIV counseling and testing (CVCT) in a national US sample of gay and bisexual men: The role of demographic and HIV risk factors. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 149-159.
Starks, T.J., Millar, B. Eggleston, J.J. & Parsons, J.T. (2014). Syndemic factors associated with HIV risk for gay and bisexual men: Comparing latent class and latent factor modeling.  AIDS and Behavior, 18(11), 2075-2079.
Starks, T.J., Gamarel, K.E. & Johnson, M.O. (2014). Relationship characteristics and HIV transmission risk in same-sex male couples in HIV serodiscordant relationships.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 139-147.
Starks, T.J. & Parsons, J.T. (2014). Adult attachment among partnered gay men: Patterns and associations with sexual relationship quality.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 107-117.
Vial, A.C., Starks, T.J. & Parsons, J.T. (2014). Finding and recruiting the highest risk HIV-negative men who have sex with men. AIDS Education and Prevention, 26, 56-67.
Starks, T.J., Grov, C., & Parsons, J.T. (2013). Sexual compulsivity and interpersonal functioning in gay relationships. Health Psychology, 32(10), 1047-1056.
Starks, T.J., Payton, G., Golub, S.A., Weinberger, C. & Parsons, J.T. (2013). Contextualizing condom use: Intimacy interference, stigma, and unprotected sex. Journal of Health Psychology. 19(6) 711-720.
Starks, T.J., Rendina, H.J., Breslow, A.S., Parsons, J.T. & Golub, S.A. (2013). The psychological cost of anticipated HIV stigma for HIV negative men. AIDS and Behavior, 17(8), 2732-2741.
Parsons, J.T., Starks, T.J., DuBois, S., Grov, C., & Golub, S.A. (2013). Alternatives to monogamy among gay male couples in a community survey: Implications for mental health and sexual risk. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(2), 303-312.
Parsons, J.T., Vial, A.C. Starks, T.J. & Golub, S.A. (2013). Recruiting drug-using men who have sex with men in behavioral intervention trials: A comparison of internet and field-based recruitment strategies. AIDS and Behavior, 17(2), 688-699.
Wells, B., Starks, T.J., Parsons, J.T. & Golub, S.A. (2013). Conflict and sexual expectancies interact to predict sexual behavior under the influence. Journal of Health Psychology, 19(7), 821-835.
Golub, S.A., Starks, T.J., Kowalczyk, W., Thompson, L. & Parsons, J.T. (2012). Profiles of executive functioning: Associations with substance dependence and risky sexual behavior. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26(4), 895-905.
Golub, S.A., Starks, T.J., Payton, G., Weinberger, C.L. & Parsons, J.T. (2012).  The Critical role of intimacy in the sexual risk behaviors of gay and bisexual men.   AIDS and Behavior, 16(3), 626-632.
Parsons, J.T., Starks, T.J, Gamarel, K.J. & Grov, C. (2012). (Non)monogamy and sexual relationship quality among same-sex male couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(5), 669-677.
Starks, T.J., Golub, S.A., Kelly, D.K., & Parsons, J.T. (2010) The Problem of “just for fun”: Patterns of use situations among active club drug users, Addictive Behaviors, 35(12), 1067-1073.
Starks, T.J., Nadler, J.T. Sagrestano & Sarvela, P.D. (2009).  Examining the presence and meaning of discrepancies among sexual orientation components in a representative sample of men at risk for HIV/AIDS.  Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health,13, 234-252.
Starks, T. J., Gilbert, B.O., Fischer, A.R., Weston, R.J., & DiLalla, D.L. (2009).  Gendered sexuality: A New model and measure of attraction and intimacy.  Journal of Homosexuality, 56, 14-30.
Book Chapters
Starks, T.J & Millar, B. (in press).  Special issues in psychotherapy with sexual minority and TGNC adolescents. In K. DeBord, T. Perez, Fischer, A.R., Bieschke, K. (Eds). Handbook of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Counseling and Psychotherapy, APA Books: Washington, DC.