Dr. Brennan has been a clinical social worker in the HIV/AIDS and health care field since 1983. He completed his PhD in Social Work from Boston College and moved to the University of Toronto in 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor and an Ontario HIV Treatment Network Applied HIV Research Chair in gay and bisexual men’s health. His research focuses on the health and well-being of marginalized gay, bisexual, two-spirit, and other men who have sex with men. He has examined body image and eating attitudes and behaviors among queer men, particularly racialized queer men in Toronto; the psychosocial needs of older adults living with HIV; and the impact of several factors on HIV risk for gay and bisexual men, including the role of a history of childhood sexual abuse, optimistic beliefs about HIV treatment, and the role of intimacy and pleasure in sexual risk behavior. He has also studied how sexual orientation is measured in population based health studies. His research particularly focuses on the resiliencies, strengths, and assets that gay and bisexual men utilizing in minimizing their risk of becoming infected with HIV. He is currently an Ontario HIV Treatment Network Applied HIV Research Chair in gay and bisexual men’s health. His research lab (the CRUISElab) focuses on how gay and bi men who use socio-sexual Internet sites and mobile apps connect to health information and issues related to discharge from hospital for people living with HIV. David has also worked with the Two-Spirit HIV/AIDS Wellness and Longevity Study (2SHAWLS) examining how two-spirit Aboriginal men who have been living with HIV long-term understand their resilience.
HIV, gay and bisexual men's health and wellness, social work, sexual health, online socio-sexual apps