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Dr. Trevor Hart profile

Dr. Trevor Hart, C.Psych.

EducationPhD, Temple University
Phone416-979-5000 ext. 552179
Areas of Expertisehealth psychology; HIV/AIDS; sexual health; clinical trials; community-based research


Dr. Trevor Hart is the Director of the HIV Prevention Lab.  He holds a Research Chair in Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health from the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. Dr. Hart is currently conducting 4 studies, 3 of whom are intervention/therapy studies. The first intervention study is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) examining the use of motivational interviewing to improve sexual health and HIV/sexually transmitted infection prevention among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. This study is being conducted in two sites: the AIDS Committee of Toronto and Positive Living British Columbia, in Vancouver. This intervention is called Gay Poz Sex, or GPS. The third study adapts the GPS program into a one-on-one counselling approach, and administers GPS to both HIV-negative and HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. He and his team members will be running this adapted program in 5 sites across the country. The third intervention/therapy study is a pilot study combining social anxiety treatment and HIV prevention for HIV-negative gay and bisexual men. He collaborates with researchers on several other projects, such as studies of non-monogamy, pre-exposure prophylaxis medications, combination HIV prevention, women-centred HIV care for women living with HIV, and use of the internet for HIV prevention among young gay and bisexual men.

Dr. Hart also holds a CIHR Team Grant in Boys’ and Men’s Health, which involves researchers in HIV prevention and community-based organizations across Canada. This project is a cross-sectional study of prevalent and recent infections of HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) among 2,100 gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. Recently, he and his team completed a CIHR-funded 3 time point study of protective factors and risk factors for condomless anal sex among 470 HIV-negative gay and bisexual men, and he is in the process of analyzing and disseminating the results of this study.

Dr. Hart received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Temple University. After graduate school, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine, through which he received training at the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He then worked for four years as an Assistant Professor at York University before joining the Department of Psychology at Ryerson in 2007.  He has received several awards for his advancements to research and clinical work, including membership in the College of New Scholars, Arts, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and a recent Ryerson University Social Innovation and Action Research Award.


Selected Publications

Noteunderlined names are Dr. Hart’s trainees from Ryerson University’s HIV Prevention Lab

Hart, T. A., Stratton, N.Coleman, T. A., Wilson, H. A., Simpson, S. H., Julien, R. E., … & Adam, B. D. (2016). A pilot trial of a sexual health counseling intervention for HIV-positive gay and bisexual men who report anal sex without condoms. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0152762. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152762

O’Neill, T. J., Raboud, J. M., Tinmouth, J., Rourke, S. B., Gardner, S., Cooper, C., Rueda, S., Hart, T. A., Rachlis, A., Burchell, A. N., & the OHTN Cohort Study Team. (in press). Burden and risk factors for gastrointestinal system distress in HIV patients in the modern antiretroviral era. AIDS Care. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.12.10076

Smith, N. G., Hart, T. A., Moody, C., Willis, A. C., Faaborg-Andersen, M., Blais, M., & Adam, B. (2016). A cognitive-behavioral group intervention to reduce HIV risk behaviors among HIV-negative young gay and bisexual men. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 23, 398-411. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2015.08.006

Wilton, J., Kain, T., Fowler, S., Hart, T. A., Grennan, T., Maxwell, J., & Tan, D. H. S. (2016). Use of an HIV risk screening tool to identify optimal candidates for PrEP scale-up among men who have sex with men in Toronto, Canada: Disconnect between objective and subjective HIV risk. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 19, 20777. doi: 10.7448/IAS.19.1.20777

Schwartz, D. R.Stratton, N., & Hart, T. A. (2016). Minority stress and mental and sexual health: Examining the Psychological Mediation Framework among gay and bisexual men. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/sgd0000180

Wagner, A. C., McShane, K. E., Hart, T. A., & Margolese, S. (2016). A focus group qualitative study of HIV stigma in the Canadian healthcare system. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 21, 61-71. doi: 10.3138/cjhs.251-A6

Roberts, K. E.Hart, T. A., & Eastwood, J. D. (2016). Factor structure and validity of the State-Trait Inventory for Cognitive and Somatic Anxiety. Psychological Assessment, 28, 134-146. doi: 10.1037/pas0000155

Hart, T. A., Willis, A. C., Simpson, S. H., Julien, R. E., Hoe, D., Leahy, B., … Adam, B. D. (2015). Gay Poz Sex: A sexual health promotion intervention for HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2015.11.002

Hart, T. A.Rotondi, N. K., Souleymanov, R., & Brennan, D. (2015). Psychometric properties of the Social Appearance Anxiety Scale among Canadian gay and bisexual men of color. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2, 470-481. doi:10.1037/sgd0000140

Tulloch, T. G.Rotondi, N. K., Ing, S., Myers, T., Calzavara, L. M., Loutfy, M. R., & Hart, T. A. (2015). Retrospective reports of developmental stressors, syndemics, and their association with sexual risk outcomes among gay men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 1861-1867. doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0505-5

Brennan, D. J., Souleymanov, R., George, C., Newman, P. A., Hart, T. A., Asakura, K., Betancourt, G. (2015). Masculinity, muscularity, and HIV sexual risk among gay and bisexual men of color. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 16, 393-406. doi:10.1037/a0038725

Daoud, N., Osman, A., Hart, T. A., Berry, E. M. & Adler, B. (2015). Self-care management among patients with type 2 diabetes in East Jerusalem. Health Education Journal, 74, 603-615. doi:10.1177/0017896914555038

Zheng, L., Hart, T. A., & Zheng, Y. (2015). Top/bottom sexual self-labels and empathizing-systemizing cognitive styles among gay men in China. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 1431-1438. doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0475-z

Pantalone, D. W., Horvath, K. J., Hart, T. A., Valentine, S. E., & Kaysen, D. L. (2015).  Traumatic revictimization of men who have sex with men living with HIV/AIDS. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30, 1459-1477. doi: 10.1177/0886260514540802

Emlet, C. A., Brennan, D. J., Brennenstuhl, S., Rueda, S., Hart, T. A., & Rourke, S. B. (2015). The impact of HIV-related stigma on older and younger adults living with HIV disease: Does age matter? AIDS Care, 27, 520-528. doi:10.1080/09540121.2014.978734

Hart, T. A., Mustanski, B., Ryan, D. T., Gorbach, P. M., Stall, R. D., Surkan, P. J., & Plankey, M. (2015). Depression and sexual dysfunction among HIV-positive and HIV-negative men who have sex with men: Mediation by use of antidepressants and recreational stimulants. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 399-409. doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0279-1

Wilson, C., Marshall, Z., Flicker, S., McClelland, A., Vo, T., Nepveux, D., … Hart, T.A. (2014). Condoms and contradictions: Assessing sexual health knowledge in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer youth labelled with intellectual disabilities. Critical Disability Discourse / Discours Critiques dans le Champ du Handicap, 6, 107-139. Retrieved from:

Wagner, A. C., Ivanova, E. L., Hart, T. A., & Loutfy, M. R. (2014). Examining the Traits-Desires-Intentions-Behavior (TDIB) model for fertility planning in women living with HIV in Ontario, Canada. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 28, 594-601.

Loutfy, M.R., Blitz, S., Zhang, Y., Hart, T.A., Walmsley, S.L., Smaill, F.M., ... Raboud, J.M. (2014). Self-reported preconception care of HIV-positive women of reproductive potential: A retrospective study. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, 13, 424-433. doi: 10.1177/2325957413494238

Aljassem, K., Raboud, J. M., Hart, T. A., Benoit, A., Deshung, S., Margolese, S. L. … the OHTN Cohort Study Research Team. (2014). Gender differences in severity and correlates of depression symptoms in people living with HIV in Ontario, Canada. Journal 
of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care.
 Advance online publication. 
doi: 10.1177/2325957414536228

Wagner, A. C., Hart, T. A., McShane, K., Margolese, S., & Girard, T. (2014). Health care provider attitudes and beliefs about people living with HIV – Initial validation of the health care provider HIV/AIDS stigma scale (HPASS). AIDS and Behavior, 18, 2397-2408. doi: 10.1007/s10461-014-0834-8

Kennedy, V. L., Serghides, L., Raboud, J. M., DeSheng, S., Blitz, S., Hart, T. A., … the Ontario HIV Fertility Research Team. (2014). The importance of motherhood in HIV-positive women of reproductive age in Ontario, Canada. AIDS Care, 26, 777-784. doi:

Hart, T. A.Tulloch, T. G., & O’Cleirigh, C. (2014). Integrated cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety and HIV prevention for gay and bisexual men. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 21, 149-160doi: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2013.07.001


Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) – also CPA’s Sections on Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • International AIDS Society
  • Canadian Association for HIV Research
  • Ontario HIV Treatment Network
  • International Academy of Sex Research