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Daniel Jacobson Lopez

Visiting Research Scientist

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Daniel Jacobson Lopez



Dr. Jacobson López, PHD, MSW, LCSW, is a Visiting Scholar and REIDS Scholar at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) at Yale University. Daniel Jacobson López is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health at Boston University. His research examines how possessing multiple marginalized identities affects the ways in which socio-political institutions and systems engage with gay Latino and/or Black sexual assault survivors and the services provided to them. He also researches violence against gay Black and Latino men, LGBTQ individuals and, recently, the effects of COVID-19 on people living with HIV/AIDS, and HIV prevention and intervention among Ghanaian MSM, focusing on the effects of racism (including anti-Black racism), homophobia, and xenophobia on the sexual assault reporting process and service provision for gay Latino and/or Black men. He is also currently a Diversity and Inclusion STAR Fellow at Boston University.

He was the first ever Latinx and Latin American PhD graduate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work (2019). He has won awards from Black Men at Penn and from The Center for Hispanic Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. López is a former intern with the United Nations Development Programme, and a SAMSHA CSWE Doctoral Minority Fellow alumnus. In 2020, Dr. López was appointed as the inaugural chair of diversity and inclusion for the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association. From 2020-2021, he was also a CEED Diversity Fellow at Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also an anti-bias facilitator with The Anti-Defamation League.

Education & Training

  • T32 Postdoctoral Associate
    University of Pittsburgh (2021)
  • PhD
    University of Pittsburgh, Social Work (2019)
  • MSW
    University of Pennsylvania, Clinical/Social Work (2015)
  • BA
    Skidmore College, Sociology (2010)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Diversity and Inclusion STARS FellowBoston University2022
CEED Diversity FellowClinical and Translation Science Institute, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh2020
Barbara K. Shore Doctoral Student AwardSchool of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh2019
Kevin Corcoran Endowed Dissertation AwardSchool of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh2019
John Hope Franklin Combating Racism AwardBlack Men at Penn, University of Pennsylvania2015
Center for Hispanic Excellence Leadership AwardLa Casa Latina, University of Pennsylvania2015

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