Michael Ross



Michael Ross, MD, PhD, MPH, MHPEd, MSt, is a professor at the Eli Coleman Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH) and was the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education from 2014-2020. He holds 11 degrees, including a MedDr, a PhD in cross-cultural health psychology, and degrees in criminology and health education. Ross has studied sexuality and sexual and mental health for more than 30 years in several countries: India, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. Ross has also published more than 500 publications and books. Additionally, he worked extensively in prison environments and wrote a book about prison physical and mental health. Ross has also practiced as a clinical psychologist and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the British Psychological Society. 

Pronouns: he/him/his

Creative Activity Summary

Licences -- Australian and US Private Pilot, land/single, both current
Aircraft ratings -- Avions Pierre Robin 2160 Aerobin, Bellanca 8KCAB Super Decathlon; and Pitts S-2A Special (all with unrestricted aerobatic ratings)


MD, Malmö University
Major: Health and Society
M.St. , University of Cambridge
Major: Applied Criminology
Diploma in Applied Criminology , University of Cambridge
Major: Prison Studies
Diploma in STDs, Prince of Songkla University
Major: Tropical Clinical STDs
M.H.P.Ed., University of New South Wales
Major: Health Personnel Education
MPH, University of Adelaide
Major: Epidemiology
Diploma in Tertiary Ed. , University of New England
Major: Adult Education
PhD, University of Melbourne
Major: Health Psychology
BS, University of the State of New York
Major: Medical Sociology
MA, Victoria University of Wellington
Major: Social-Clinical Psychology
BA, Massey University
Major: Psychology

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Visiting Fellow, Visiting Engagement
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre UNSW
Visiting Lecturer, Visiting Engagement
Glenside Psychiatric Hospital
Post-Doc, Other
University of Helsinki Institute of Sociology

Licensures and Certifications

Chartered Psychologist, United Kingdom Registration
Licensure/Certification Number: 16754

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association, Chair, Fellows Committee, Division 44
Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Past President
Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, President
Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, President Elect
Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Midcontinent region Board member
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Ross, M. W., 2005. Typing, doing, and being: sexuality and the internet.. Journal of sex research, 42 (4): 342-52.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/00224490509552290 PubMed ID: 19827239.
Essien, E. J., Ross, M. W., Fernández-Esquer, M. E., Williams, M. L., 2005. Reported condom use and condom use difficulties in street outreach samples of men of four racial and ethnic backgrounds. International Journal of STD and AIDS, 16 (11): 739-743.
Dawson, A. G., Ross, M. W., Henry, D., Freeman, A., 2005. Evidence of hiv transmission risk in barebacking men-who-have-sex-with-men: Cases from the internet. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 9 (3-4): 73-83.
Hamra, M., Ross, M. W., Karuri, K., Orrs, M., D'Agostino, A., 2005. The relationship between expressed HIV/AIDS-related stigma and beliefs and knowledge about care and support of people living with AIDS in families caring for HIV-infected children in Kenya. AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 17 (7): 911-922.
Ross, M. W., Månsson, S. A., Daneback, K., Cooper, A., Tikkanen, R., 2005. Biases in internet sexual health samples: comparison of an internet sexuality survey and a national sexual health survey in Sweden.. Social science & medicine (1982), 61 (1): 245-52.
Ross, M. W., Fernández-Esquer, M. E., 2005. Ethnicity in sexually transmitted infections and sexual behaviour research. Lancet, 365 (9466): 1209-1210.
Ross, M. W., Månsson, S. A., Daneback, K., Tikkanen, R., 2005. Characteristics of men who have sex with men on the Internet but identify as heterosexual, compared with heterosexually identified men who have sex with women. Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 8 (2): 131-139.
Johnson, R. J., Ross, M. W., Taylor, W. C., Williams, M. L., Carvajal, R. I., Peters, R. J., 2005. A history of drug use and childhood sexual abuse among incarcerated males in a county jail. Substance Use and Misuse, 40 (2): 211-229.
Williams, M. L., Atkinson, J., Klovdahl, A., Ross, M. W., Timpson, S., 2005. Spatial bridging in a network of drug-using male sex workers.. Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 82 (1 Suppl 1): i35-42.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/jurban/jti022 PubMed ID: 15738322.
Ross, M. W., Rosser, B. S., Stanton, J., Konstan, J., 2004. Characteristics of Latino Men Who Have Sex With Men on the Internet Who Complete and Drop Out of an Internet-Based Sexual Behavior Survey. AIDS Education and Prevention, 16 (6): 526-537.
Ross, M. W., Courtney, P., Dennison, J., Risser, J. M., 2004. Incomplete reporting of race and ethnicity in gonorrhoea cases and potential bias in disease reporting by private and public sector providers [1]. International Journal of STD and AIDS, 15 (11): 778.
McFarlane, M., Ross, M. W., Elford, J., 2004. The Internet and HIV/STD prevention.. AIDS care, 16 (8): 929-930.
Ross, M. W., Rosser, B. R., Stanton, J., 2004. Beliefs about cybersex and Internet-mediated sex of Latino men who have Internet sex with men: relationships with sexual practices in cybersex and in real life.. AIDS care, 16 (8): 1002-11.
Schönnesson, L. N., Ross, M. W., Williams, M., 2004. The HIV Medication Self-Reported Nonadherence Reasons (SNAR) index and its underlying psychological dimensions. AIDS and Behavior, 8 (3): 293-301.
Ross, M. W., Elford, J., Sherr, L., Hart, G., 2004. The TREND statement: Social science, communication and HIV/AIDS. AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 16 (6): 667-668.
Cochran, S. D., Ackerman, D., Mays, V. M., Ross, M. W., 2004. Prevalence of non-medical drug use and dependence among homosexuality active men and women in the US population. Addiction, 99 (8): 989-998.
Essien, E. J., Ross, M. W., Williams, M. L., Meshack, A. F., Fernández-Esquer, M. E., Peters, R. J., Ogungbade, G., 2004. Primary source of income is associated with differences in HIV risk behaviors in street-recruited samples.. International journal for equity in health, 3 (1): 5.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-9276-3-5 PubMed ID: 15202942.
Ross, M. W., Henry, D., Freeman, A., Caughy, M., Dawson, A. G., 2004. Environmental influences on safer sex in young gay men: A situational presentation approach to measuring influences on sexual health. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 33 (3): 249-257.
Crisp, B. R., Williams, M., Timpson, S., Ross, M. W., 2004. Medication compliance and satisfaction with treatment for HIV disease in a sample of African-American crack cocaine smokers. AIDS and Behavior, 8 (2): 199-206.
Harzke, A. J., Williams, M. L., Nilsson-Schönnesson, L., Ross, M. W., Timpson, S., Keel, K. B., 2004. Psychosocial factors associated with adherence to antiretroviral medications in a sample of HIV-positive African American drug users. AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 16 (4): 458-470.



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