Joseph Catania

Joseph Catania, PhD

Joseph Catania, PhD

Professor (retired)

Waldo Hall 423
2250 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

Curriculum Vitae

Academic interests

Joseph Catania has 35 years of research experience, primarily in the field of sexual health, but also in the fields of lifespan development, dissemination and implementation science, intervention development, and vaccine uptake. This work has been conducted in sexual and racial-ethnic minority populations among adolescent, young adult, and older populations in the United States and Africa.


Over the course of my research career, I have obtained 48 research grants conducting a wide variety of public health work that has supported a wide variety of doctoral and postdoctoral investigators. Many of these scholars have gone on to establish their own careers at major universities. I have published 166 articles in peer-reviewed journals in my field of study. I strongly affirm a student-centered approach to research training and provide support and opportunities for work on existing projects and datasets as well as student-generated projects. My current doctoral students are conducting work in the areas of sexual trauma, oral infections, and dissemination and implementation science. Undergraduate honors students from OSU have completed successful projects as well, leading to presentations at meetings, publications, and research grants.

Recent studies include work on the implementation and dissemination of oral HIV testing among African American men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States and among adolescent youth in Tanzania. Recently funded work is focused on the development of a community-based dissemination intervention to promote HIV self-testing among MSM in Portland, OR through a community-engaged, community-based process. Additional work is focused on developing methods for linking individuals to PrEP following HIV self-testing. I remain interested in a wide range of issues related to infectious diseases, sexual health, the impact of development on sexual health, methodological problems in sex research, and research on sexual trauma and help-seeking.