Jagadisa-Devasri Dacus, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies

Email: jd3558@cumc.columbia.edu 

Dr. Dacus’s research focuses on maintained HIV-negativity in Black men who have sex with men (MSM). His research aims to identify and understand the psychological, social, and spiritual strengths and resiliencies that contribute to the maintenance of HIV-negativity in Black MSM populations. He is particularly interested in furthering his Black MSM Resilience Theory, which offers examples of how public health HIV prevention can approach reducing HIV in this population by engaging in strengths-based approaches.


University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
BA - 1994 - Social Welfare
BA - 1994 - Spanish

Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY
MS - 1999 - Social Welfare

The Graduate Center, New York, NY
MPhil - 2014 - Social Welfare
PhD - 2018 - Social Welfare


2004-2010: Senior Director of Training & Capacity Building Programs, Harm Reduction Coalition, New York, NY

2011-2012: Adjunct, School of Professional Studies, New York, NY

2011: Adjunct Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College, New York, NY

2012-2013: Adjunct Lecturer, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, New York, NY

2014-2015: Research Assistant, International Youth Empowerment Study, The Graduate Center, New York, NY

2015-2016: Instructor, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY

2016-2017: Director of Training and Capacity Building Programs, Bureau of HIV Prevention and Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY


2011-2014: Minority Fellowship Program/Doctoral Fellowship, Council on Social Work Education/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

: Pilot Study Research Training Grant, National Institute of Mental Health (R25MH083602)

2014: Black Male Initiative Dissertation Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY

2014: Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Increase Diversity, National Institute of Mental Health (R36MH106357)

2014: Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship, National Association of Social Workers Foundation

2018: Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAS) Paul Monette-Roger Horwitz Dissertation Prize

2019: Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding Social Work Dissertation Award