David Seal

David Seal, PhD

Professor and Vice-Chair
Doctoral Programs Director
Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Rm 2224
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-6260 

Research Interests:
  • HIV and STI prevention
  • Violence prevention
  • Sexology
  • Community partnership and mobilization
  • Qualitative methods


Educational Background:

PhD, Social Psychology - University of New Mexico

MA, Experimental Social Psychology - California State University

BA, Psychology - University of Redlands


Personal Statement:

Dr. David Seal is a Professor and the Director of Doctoral Programs in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Seal has extensive experience and expertise with the conduct of social behavioral formative and intervention research within a multicultural community-based participatory framework. He has been the P.I. on funded HIV prevention intervention studies with men who have sex with men, young men leaving prison, and delinquent female adolescents. He also has conducted a program of funded formative research to explore sexual behavior among at-risk heterosexuals in Syria; the impact of intersecting identifies on risk behavior among racial and ethnic minority men; and emotional and sexual intimacy among gay, lesbian, and heterosexual couples. 


Selected Publications:

Smith, M.D., Grov, C., Seal, D.W., & McCall, P. (In press). A social-cognitive analysis of how young men become involved in male escorting Journal of Sex Research.

Seal, D.W., Parisot, M., & DiFranceisco, W. (2012). Substance use and sexual behavior among men prior to parole revocation:  Prevalence and correlates. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 18, 92-100.

Seal, D.W. (2012). Sustaining safer sex behavior in the era of HIV/AIDS. Unwelt and Gesundheit Online, 5, 1-5.

Mitchell, J.W., Moskowitz, D., & Seal, D.W.  (2012). Understanding the agreements and behaviors of men who have sex with men who are dating or married to women: Unexpected implications for a universal HIV/STI testing protocol. International Public Health Journal, 4.

Seal, D.W., Eldridge, G.D., Zack, B., & Sosman, J. (2010). HIV testing and treatment with correctional populations: People, not prisoner. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 21, 977-985.

Moskowitz, D.A.,& Seal, D.W. (2010. “GWM looking for sex- SERIOUS ONLY”: The interplay of sexual ad placement frequency and success on the sexual health of “men seeking men” on Craigslist. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 22, 399-412.

Seal, D.W., Smith, M., Coley, B., Perry, J., & Gamez, M. (2008). Urban heterosexual couples’ sexual scripts for three shared sexual experiences. Sex Roles, 58, 626-638.

Seal, D.W., Margolis, A.D., Belcher, L., Morrow, K., Sosman, J., Askew, J., & the Project START Sub-Study Group (2008). Substance use and sexual behavior during incarceration among 18- to 29-year old men: Prevalence and correlates. AIDS and Behavior, 12, 27-40.

Smith, M.D., & Seal, D.W. (2007). Sexual behavior, mental health, substance use, and HIV risk among agency-based male sex workers in a small US city. International Journal of Sexual Health, 19, 27-39.

Seal, D.W., Eldridge, G.D., Kacanek, D., Binson, D., MacGowan, R.J., & the Project START Study Group (2007). A longitudinal, qualitative analysis of the context of substance use and sexual behavior among 18- to 29-year-old men following their release from prison. Social Science and Medicine, 11, 2394-2406.

Seal, D.W., Belcher, L., Morrow, K., Eldridge, G., Binson, D., Kacanek, D., Margolis, A., McAuliffe, T., Simms, R., & the Project START Study Group (2004). A qualitative study of substance use and sexual behavior among 18-29 year old men while incarcerated in the United States. Health Education and Behavior, 31, 775-789.

Seal, D.W., & Ehrhardt, A.A. (2004). HIV prevention-related sexual health promotion for heterosexual men in the United States: Pitfalls and recommendations. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 33, 211-222.

Seal, D.W., & Ehrhardt, A.A. (2003).  Masculinity and urban men: Perceived scripts for courtship, romantic, and sexual interactions with women. Culture, Health, and Sexuality, 5, 295-319.

Seal, D.W., Wagner, L.I., & Ehrhardt, A.A. (2000). Sex, intimacy, and HIV: An ethnographic study of a Puerto Rican social group in New York City. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 11, 51-92.

Seal, D.W., Bloom, F.R., & Somlai, A.M. (2000). Dilemmas in conducting qualitative sex research in applied field settings. Health Education and Behavior, 27, 10-23, 28. 


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