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Rodman Turpin

Assistant Research Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Rodman Turpin, PhD, is an epidemiologist and analyst focused on HIV prevention among racial and sexual minority populations, particularly how racial and sexual stigma, depression, anxiety, substance use and other social and structural factors affect HIV risk and prevention. He is an HIV prevention trials network postdoctoral scholar and UMD-PRC core research scientist. Additionally, his methodological interests include latent class analysis, latent profile analysis and structural equation modeling.

Areas of Interest

HIV/STIs; Mental Health; Intersectionality; Substance Use; Latent Variable Modeling; Syndemic Theory

BS, Clinical Laboratory Science, 2008

Howard University

MS, Health Education, 2012

Howard University

Ph.D., Epidemiology, 2018

University of Maryland at College Park

Postdoctoral Fellowship, HIV Prevention Trials Network, 2020


EPIB300 Biostatistics in Public Health Practice

EPIB610 Foundations of Epidemiology

SPHL602 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

EPIB612 Epidemiologic Study Design

HIV Prevention Trials Network Fellowship, 2020

Gold Research Award, University of Maryland, 2018

Dean’s Research Fellowship, University of Maryland, 2017

Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award, University of Maryland, 2016

Flagship Fellowship, University of Maryland, 2014

Mentor of the Year, Charles Flowers High School, 2013

Teacher of the Year, Howard University Hospital, 2012

Capstone Scholarship, Howard University, 2008

Turpin, R, Khan, M, Scheidell, J, Feelemyer, J, Hucks-Ortiz, C, Abrams, J, Cleland, C, Mayer, K, Dyer, T. Interactions between Racism, Homophobia, Incarceration, and HIV Testing in the HPTN 061 Cohort Study. AIDS Educ and Prev. In press.

Ramos R, Lardier D, Opara I, Williams CN, Turpin RE, Boyd D, Gutierrez J, Nelson LE, Kershaw T. Intersectional Effects of Internalized Homophobia, Gender Expression, and Sexual Orientation Concealment on Health Literacy and HIV Risk Among Sexual Minority Men of Color: A PATH Analysis. J Nurs AIDS Care. In press.

Turpin RE, Slopen, N., Borgogna, J., Yeoman, C., He, X., Miller, R., Klebanoff, M., Ravel, J., Brotman R. Perceived Stress and Molecular-BV in the NIH Longitudinal Study of Vaginal Flora. Am J Epidemiol. In Press.

Feelemyer J, Khan M, Dyer T, Turpin RE, Hucks-Ortiz C, Cleland C, Scheidell J, Hoff L, Mayer K, Brewer R. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Awareness among Black Men who have Sex with Men with a History of Criminal Justice Involvement in Six US Cities: Findings from the HPTN 061 Study. AIDS Behav. In press.

Turpin, RE, Watson, L, Mayer, K, Dyer, T. Latent Classes of Sexual Identity and Homophobia associated with Sexual Risk among Black sexual minority men in HPTN 061. J Sex Res. In press.

Feelemyer, J, Dyer,T, Turpin, RE, Rodman, Brewer, R, Hucks-Ortiz, C, van der Mei, W, Cleland, C, Mazumdar, M, Caniglia, E, Geller, A, Scheidell, J Feldman, J, Mayer, K. Longitudinal associations between the disruption of incarceration and community re-entry on substance use risk escalation among Black men who have sex with men; a causal analysis. Drug Alcohol Depend. In Press.

Ramos R, Nelson L, Jones SG, Ni Z, Turpin RE, Portillo CJ. A reflection on HIV prevention among Black and Hispanic/Latinx communities: A state of the science during times of COVID. J Nurs AIDS Care. In press.

Feelemyer J, Turpin R, Dyer T, Feldman J, van der Mei W, Cleland C, Mazumdar M, Caniglia E, Geller A, Schfeidell J, Mayer K, Khan M. Substance Use Among Recently Incarcerated Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in Six US Cities: The HPTN 061 Study.  Addiction. In press.

Turpin RE, Tuddenham S*, He X, Klebanoff M, Ghanem K, Brotman R. Bacterial Vaginosis and Behavioral Factors Associated with Incident Pelvic Inflammatory Disease in the Longitudinal Study of Vaginal Flora. J Infect Dis. In Press. *Co first-author.

Remch M, Duncan D, Geller A, Turpin RE, Dyer T, Scheidell J, Cleland C, Kaufman J, Brewer R, Hucks-Ortiz C, van der Mei W, Mayer K, Khan M. Police Harassment and Psychosocial Vulnerability, Distress, and Depressive Symptoms Among Black Men who have Sex with Men in the U.S.: Longitudinal Analysis of HPTN 061. Soc Sci Med.

Turpin R, Akre ER, Williams N, Boekeloo B, Fish J. Differences in Health Care Access and Satisfaction Across Intersections of Race/Ethnicity and Sexual Identity. Acad Med. In press.

Fish J, Turpin R, Williams N, Boekeloo B. Sexual Orientation Differences Health Care Access, Utilization, and Experiences: Findings from Population Based Data. Am J Epidemiol. In press.

LeBlanc, N, Crean, H, Dyer, T, Zhang, C, Turpin, R, Zhang, N, Smith, M, McMahon, J, Nelson, L Ecological and Syndemic Predictors of Drug Use During Sex and Transactional Sex among US Black Men Who have Sex with Men: A Secondary Data Analysis from HPTN 061.  Arch Sex Behav.

Turpin R, Rosario A, Dyer T. Substance Use and Suicide Attempts among Adolescent Sexual Minority Males: A Comparison of Synthesized Substance Use Measures.  Am J Epidemiol. 2020; Apr 13. PMID: 32280963

He Y; Dangerfield DT, Fields E, Dawkins MR, Turpin RE, Johnson, D; Browne DC, Hickson D. Healthcare Access, Healthcare Utilization, and Sexual Orientation Disclosure among Black Sexual Minority Men (BSMM) in the Deep South. Sex Hlth. In Press.

Turpin R, Dyer T, Dangerfield D, Liu, H, Mayer, K. Latent transition analysis of a multi-component behavioral syndemic among Black men who have sex with men in the HPTN 061 cohort: Interactions between social support, trauma, and behavioral health. Drug Alcohol Depend, 214(108106)

Dyer T, Turpin R, Khan M, Stall R, Nelson L, Brewer R, Friedman M, Mimiaga M, Cook, R, O'Cleirigh C, Mayer, K.  Latent profile analysis of a syndemic of vulnerability factors on incident STI in a Cohort of Black Men who have Sex with Men Only (BMSMO) and Black Men who have Sex with Men and Women (BMSMW) in the HPTN061 Study. Sex Transm Dis. In Press. 

Severe, M, Scheidell, J, Dyer, T, Brewer, R, Negri, A, Turpin, R, Young, K, Hucks-Ortiz, C, Cleland, C, Mayer, K. Lifetime Burden of Incarceration and Violence, Internalized Homophobia, and HIV/STI Risk among Urban Men who Have Sex with Men in the HPTN 061 Study. AIDS and Behav. In Press.

Turpin R, Rosario A, Dyer T. Barriers to Syphilis Testing among Men who have Sex with Men: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Sex Hlth. In Press

Turpin R, Rosario A, Wang, M. Victimization, Depression, and the Suicide Cascade in Sexual Minority Youth. J Mental Health; 29(2):225-233.

Turpin R, Salerno J, Rosario A, Boekeloo B. Victimization, substance use, depression, and sexual risk in adolescent males who have sex with males: A syndemic latent profile analysis. Arch Sex Behav. doi: 10.1007/s10508-020-01685-z.

Turpin R, Slopen N, Boekeloo B, Dallal C, Chen S, Dyer T. Testing a Syndemic Index of Psychosocial and Structural Factors associated with HIV Testing among Black Men. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2019; 31(1), 455-470. PMID: 32037342.

Salerno, JP, Turpin, R, Howard, D., Dyer, T., Boekeloo, B (2019). Healthcare Experiences of African American/Black Gay and Bisexual Men and Transgender Women: A Qualitative Study.  J Assoc of Nurses AIDS Care. PMID: 31274661

Turpin R, Boekeloo B, Dyer T. Sexual Identity Modifies the Association between Bullying and Suicide Planning among Adolescents with Same-Sex Sexual Partners.  J LGBT Youth 2019; 16 (3): 300-316.

Turpin R, Slopen N, Chen S, Boekeloo B, Dallal C, Dyer T. Latent Class Analysis of a Syndemic of Risk Factors on HIV Testing among Black Men. AIDS Care. 2018 Sept 22; 1-8. PMID: 30235943

Turpin R, Boekeloo B, Dyer T. Heterosexual Identity Moderates the Association between Healthcare Access and HIV Testing among Black Men. Ann Epidemiol. 2018 Aug 1;27(8):539.

Chae DH, Powell WA, Nuru-Jeter AM, Forman TA, Turpin R, Sellers R. (2017). The importance of implicit racial bias and dimensions of racial identity for the self-report of racial discrimination: Implications for depression among mid-life African American men. J Black Psychol; 43(8):789-812.

Chae DH, Clouston S, Martz CD, Hatzenbuehler M, Turpin R, Stephens-Davidowitz S, Kramer, MR. (2018). Area racism and adverse birth outcomes among Blacks. Soc Sci Med; 199:49-55. PMCID: PMC5640467

Turpin, R, Brotman, R. M., Miller, R. S., Klebanoff, M. A., He, X., & Slopen, N. (2019). Perceived stress and incident sexually transmitted infections in a prospective cohort. Annals of epidemiology, 32, 20–27.

Turpin R, Slopen N, He X, Robinson C, Klebanoff MA, Ravel J, Brotman R (2019). Perceived stress and socioeconomic factors associated with vaginal microbiota in the longitudinal study of vaginal flora. Sex Trans Infect; 95:A146. Abstract.

Alnifaidy H, Daftary MN, Maneno M, Farhat F, Turpin R., Adigun M. Evaluating Carbapenem Resistance Patterns and Associated Risk Factors in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Washington, D.C.:  A Matched Case Control Study. J Health-System Pharm Residents. 2013;4(1):1-5.

Esnakula A, Turpin R, Geleta M, Mummidi S, Naab T (2012). Sepsis Due to Mycobacterium terrae Complex and Mycobacterium fortuitum Complex in Two Sickle Cell Anemia Patients: A Report of Two Cases and Review of the Literature. Am J Clin Path; 138(2): A076.