David Brennan

Professor| Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Professor Brennan’s work focuses on health care and social work practice. He completed his M.S.W and Ph.D at Boston College.  He is the recent recipient of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network's Scholarship Award.  Professor Brennan has also been a clinical social worker in the HIV/AIDS field since 1983.

His research focuses on the health needs of gay and bisexual men who have been marginalized by a number of socio-cultural factors including age, race, and HIV status.  Professor Brennan's more recent work includes examining the relationships between body image, sexual health and the overall well-being of gay and bisexual men who identify with ethno-racialized populations.  He has examined the psychosocial needs of older adults living with HIV.  He has also examined 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 is currently involved in work to examine how we measure sexual orientation in population-based health studies as well as the resiliencies, strengths, and assets that gay and bisexual men have that prevent them for becoming infected with HIV.

Selected Publications

Brennan, D.J., Emlet, C.A., Eady, A. (2011). "HIV, Sexual Health, and Psychosocial Issues Among Older Adults Living with HIV in North America." Ageing International. 36(3),     313-333.

Yager, C., Steele, L., Epstein, R., Brennan, D.J , & Ross, L. E.  (2010). "The challenges and mental health experiences of lesbian and bisexual women who are in the process of trying to conceive." Health & Social Work , 35 (3), 191-200.   

Brennan, D.J., Ross, L.E., Dobinson,C., Veldhuizen, S., & Steele, L., (2010). "Men's Sexual Orientation and Health in Canada." Canadian Journal of Public Health, 101 (3), 255-8.

Brennan, D. J., Welles, S. L., Miner, M. H., Ross M. W., Mayer. K. H., Rosser, B.R.S. (2010). "HIV treatment optimism and sexual risk among a national, diverse sample of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men."  AIDS Education and Prevention, 22 (2):126-137.

Bih, Herng-Dar, Wang, Frank T. Y., Brennan, D. J. (2009). "Have they really come out? Gay men and their parents in Taiwan." Culture, Health and Sexuality, 11(3), 285-296.

Brennan, D. J., Hellerstedt, W. L., Ross, M. W., Welles, S. L. (2007). "History of childhood sexual abuse and HIV risk behaviors in gay and bisexual men."  American Journal of Public Health. 97(6), 1107-1112.