Faculty Member

Trevor Hart Ph.D.

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
(416) 979-5000 x2179
Office Address
Department of Psychology, Ryerson University 350 Victoria St. Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • The identification of risk factors for unprotected intercourse among adolescent and adult populations at high risk for HIV contraction or transmission, especially gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men
  • Examining the relation between physical health and psychological outcomes among people living with HIV
  • Testing of behavioural interventions for people at high risk for HIV and people living with HIV that a) promote sexual health and life expectancy and b) reduce HIV and other sexual risk outcomes

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • PS 605 Psychology of Health and Health Care (Ryerson University)
  • CHL 5804 Behaviour Change

Professional Summary & Appointments

  • Associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University
  • Associate Professor (status-only) in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto

Honours & Awards

Ontario HIV Treatment Network Career Scientist Award 2011-2016
Awarded for program of research on “HIV prevention with men who have sex with men” and for reputation for excellence in HIV research and a strong record of publication and success in obtaining competitive gratn funidng.
Award amount per year $72,000. Total amount: $360,000.

Ryerson University Scholarly, Research, and Creative Activity Award 2010
Awarded for research productivity and accomplishment for the 2009-2010 year
Award amount: $2000

Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Salary Award 2006-2011
Awarded for CIHR-funded study on “Social anxiety as a risk factor for HIV transmission risk behaviour among men who have sex with men: Mechanisms of action” and for overall program and productivity in research.
Award amount: $250,000

Nominations for Charles C. Shepard Science Award 2004 & 2005
Two nominations by the Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention for award for best scientific article consistent with the missions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nomination in 2005 for “Highly active antiretroviral therapy and sexual risk behaviour: A meta-analytic review” (Crepaz, Hart, & Marks, 2004)
Nomination in 2004 for “Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS among Urban Men Who Have Sex with Men” (Stall, Mills, Williamson, Hart, et al., 2003)

U.S. National Institutes of Health / Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Fellow: Summer Institute on Randomized Controlled Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions 2004
Fellowship awarded by competitive application to doctoral-level scientists for a 2-week federal government-funded institute providing advanced training in Randomized Clinical Trial Methodology.

APA Division 44 Maylon-Smith Scheolarship Award 2000

Scholarship awarded for research on lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues

Award received for dissertation proposal (US $1000)

Current Research Projects

Protective Factors Study – This 3-year study, funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research aims to examine how HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM) reduce their sexual risks. The research team for this community-based research study includes university researchers from multiple disciplines, researchers from the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), and OHTN-based researchers. Dr. Hart is Principal Investigator on this study with Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Barry Adam, Director of Prevention at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and University Professor at the University of Windsor. The study will identify protective factors and sexual strategies that are present among and employed by MSM that lead to higher or lower sexual risk outcomes. Armed with the data from the present study, our team will conduct a future intervention study based upon the study findings.

Gay Positive Sex Study – This 4-year study is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. This study will provide preliminary data on the effect size of a sexual health promotion program for HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. This community-based research study is directed by the Poz Prevention Working Group, a group with a majority membership of HIV-positive gay men sponsored by the AIDS Bureau of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to promote sexual health and prevent transmission of sexually transmitted infections and HIV among HIV+ gay and bisexual men. Dr. Hart is Principal Investigator on this study with Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Barry Adam, Director of Prevention at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and University Professor at the University of Windsor. The study team is currently beginning recruitment for this sexual health promotion program, which will use a group counselling format with HIV+ gay men as peer facilitators. This study was formerly funded by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. GPS participants have told us they have really enjoyed the program, and preliminary data shows that it may improve sexual health outcomes.

Project PRIDE (Promoting Resilience In Discriminatory Environments) – This 2-year study, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, will provide preliminary data to develop a sexual health promotion program for young (18-25 years of age) HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM). This study will also pilot the sexual health promotion program, in order to get data on feasibility and acceptability of the program, and to get preliminary data on the effect size of the program. Dr. Hart is Co-Principal Investigator on this study with Principal Investigator, Dr. Nathan Smith at McGill University. The focus groups have been completed.

Sexual Confidence Study – This 2-study, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, will provide pilot data for a innovative HIV prevention intervention for HIV-negative gay and bisexual who experience social anxiety, and resultantly, resort to alcohol or substances use to reduce the anxiety. This intervention builds upon empirically supported interventions to reduce HIV risk among MSM and cognitive-behavioural therapy to reduce social anxiety. Dr. Hart is the Principal Investigator on this study. We are currently collecting data for this study.

Previous Studies

  • 2008-2009 – Experimental Induction and Modification of Problematic Mental Imagery: Impact on Cognitive Processing, Sympathetic Activation, and Worry
  • 2008-2009 – A Model of Sexual Risk and Injury Risk Behaviours Among Incarcerated Youth
  • 2008- Eating Disorders and Body Dissatisfaction among Canadian Gay and Bisexual Men
  • 2008-2009 – HIV knowledge and risk among young adults in Pune, India
  • 2005-2009 – Social Anxiety as a Risk Factor for HIV Transmission Risk Behaviour Among Men Who Have Sex With Men: Mechanisms of Action
  • 2008-2009 – Development of an HIV Prevention and Sexual Health Intervention for Positive Men
  • 2007-2008 – Evaluation of a HIV Prevention Video Intervention for South Asians
  • 2006-2008 – HIV+ Women’s Research Needs Study
  • 2005-2008 – Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) Beliefs Study
  • 2004-2009 – HIV Testing Study

Representative Publications

  • Millett, G. A, Peterson, J. L., Flores, S. A., Hart, T. A., Jeffries, W. L., Wilson, P. A., . . . & Remis, R. R. (2012). Disparities without borders: A meta-analysis of individual-, network-, and structural-level correlates of HIV transmission among Canadian, British and U.S. black men who have sex with men. Lancet, 380, 341-348. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60899-X
  • Hart, T. A. (2012). International collaborations and multidisciplinary approaches in high quality behavioral medicine research: A comment on O’Leary et al. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. doi: 10.1007/s12160-012-9391-4
  • Zhang, Y., Margolese, S., Yudin, M. H., Raboud, J., Diong, C., Hart, T. A., . . . & Loutfy, M.R. (2012). Desires, need, perceptions, and knowledge of assisted reproductive technologies of HIV-positive women of reproductive age in Ontario, Canada. ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2012, doi:10.5402/2012/853503
  • James, C. A., Schwartz, D. R., Roberts, K. E., Hart, T. A., Loutfy, M. R., Myers, T., & Calzavara, L. (in press). Childhood emotional abuse and psychological distress in gay and bisexual men. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.
  • Day, D. M., Hart, T. A., Wanklyn, S. G., McCay, E., Macpherson A., & Burnier, N. (in press). Potential mediators between child abuse and both violence and victimization in juvenile offenders. Psychological Services.
  • Hart, T. A., Moskowitz, D., Cox, C., Li, X., Ostrow, D. G., Stall, R. D., Gorbach, P. M., & Plankey, M. (2012). The cumulative effects of medication use, drug use, and smoking on erectile dysfunction among men who have sex with men. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 1. , 9, 1106-1113. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02648.x
  • Ivanova, E., Hart, T. A., Wagner, A. C., Aljassem, K., & Loutfy, M. R. (in press). Correlates of anxiety in women living with HIV of reproductive age. AIDS and Behavior. doi 10.1007/s10461-011-0133-6
  • Loutfy, M. R., Raboud, J. M., Wong, J., Yudin, M. H., Diong, C., Blitz, S. L., Margolese, S. L., Hart, T. A., Ogilvie, G., Masinde, K., Tharao, W. E., Linklater, G., Salam, K., Ongoiba, F., Angel, J. B., Smaill, F. M., Rachlis, A. R., Ralph, E. D., & Walmsley, S. L., for the Ontario HIV Fertility Research Team (2012). High prevalence of unintended pregnancies in HIV-positive women of reproductive age in Ontario, Canada: A retrospective study. HIV Medicine, 13, 107-117. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-1293.2011.00946.x
  • Gibson, K., Rueda, S., Rourke, S. B., Bekele, T., Gardner, S., Fenta, H., & Hart, T. A. (2011). Mastery and coping moderate the negative effect of acute and chronic stressors on mental health-related quality of life in HIV. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 25, 371-381
  • Calzavara, L. M., Burchell, A. N., Lebovic, G., Myers, T., Remis, R. S., Raboud, J., Corey, P., Swantee, C., & Hart, T. A. (2011). The impact of stressful life events on unprotected anal sex among gay and bisexual men. AIDS and Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10461-010-9879-5
  • Brennan, D., Crath, R., Hart, T. A., Gadalla, T., & Gillis, L. (2011). Body dissatisfaction and disordered eating among men who have sex with men in Canada. International Journal of Men’s Health, 10, 253-268. doi: 10.3149/jmh.1003.253
  • Zheng, L., Hart, T. A., Zheng, Y. (2011). The relationship between intercourse preference positions and personality traits among gay men in China. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-011-9819-0.
  • Noh, M. S., Rueda, S., Bekele, T., Fenta, H., Gardner, S., Hamilton, H., Hart, T. A., Li, A., Noh, S., & Rourke, S. B. (2011). Depressive symptoms, stress and resources among adult immigrants living with HIV. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. doi: 10.1007/s10903-011-9515-0.
  • Roberts, K. E., Hart, T. A., Coroiu, A., & Heimberg, R. G. (2011). Gender role traits among individuals with social anxiety disorder. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 952-957. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2011.07.030
  • Claes, L., Hart, T. A., Smits, D., Van den Eynde, F., Müller, A., & Mitchell, J. (2011). Validation of the Social Appearance Anxiety Scale in female eating disorder patients. European Eating Disorders Review. doi: 10.1002/erv.1147
  • James, C. A., Hart, T. A., Roberts, K. E., Ghai, A., Petrovic, B., & Lima, M. (2011). Religion versus ethnicity as predictors of unprotected vaginal intercourse among young adults. Sexual Health, 8, 363-371.
  • Moskowitz, D. A., & Hart, T. A. (2011). The influence of physical body traits and masculinity on anal sex roles in gay and bisexual men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 835-841.