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Dr. Daniel Jacobson López

Dr. Jacobson López is currently an Assistant Professor at Boston University, School of Social Work and Visiting Faculty at Yale University, School of Public Health. He also serves as faculty affiliate at the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health at Boston University. He is a LCSW and a trained anti-bias trainer.

Postdoctoral Training

Dr. Jacobson López was a T32 Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in the Graduate School of Public Health, and a CEED Diversity Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh.

Many 1sts

Dr. López is the first Latinx/e/o PhD graduate at Pitt’s School of Social Work and founder of the first Latinx graduate student organization at Pitt. He also was appointed as the inaugural Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association at UPitt.

He was a former intern with the United Nations and is a SAMHSA Doctoral Minority Fellow and Albert Schweitzer fellow alumnus. He has received awards from Black Men at Penn and The Center for Hispanic Excellence, from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Master in Social Work. Daniel has a PhD Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies from Pitt and is also a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Sexual Assault Counselor. He received his BA from Skidmore College. He is also an anti-bias trainer and consultant with the Anti-Defamation League.

Dr. López focuses on sexual assault against gay Latino and/or Black men. His primary research objective is focused on developing culturally responsive, trauma-informed and evidence-based health interventions for gay Latino and Black sexual assault survivors in the United States. Dr. Lopez has also participated in research in Ghana with Dr. LaRon Nelson. His research areas also include Latino MSM, immigration, violence against gay Black men, and the effects of COVID-19 on people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

Dr. López has always actively worked to advocate for students of color and for sexual assault survivors on campus. During his tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, he was on five executive boards and received awards from Black Men at Penn and the Center of Hispanic Excellence for his leadership on campus. He was President of the Hispanic/Latino Alliance for Change and Equity and the Vice Chair for the Latin American Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (overseeing all twelve graduate school Latinx student groups). He is the first Latino PhD graduate at the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2015, he founded the first Latinx graduate student organization at the University of Pittsburgh (LAGOS) and have been on seven other executive boards. (Please refer to CV for complete advocacy positions). He was on the Faulty Diversity Committee in the Graduate School of Public Health, where he works with other faculty on color to submit recommendations to the School to enhance the campus experience for Black and Brown students. Most recently, he has hosted forums to address anti-Black racism at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently collaborating with organizations on campus address the topic of systemic racism within academia.


Visiting Fellow | CIRA | Yale University

STARS Diversity Fellow | Boston University

CEED Diversity Scholar | Clinical and Translational Science Institute | University of Pittsburgh

Doctoral Minority Fellow | Council of Social Work Education | SAMHSA

Fellow | Pittsburgh Region | Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program

Intern Junior Researcher | Gender Equity in Public Administration | United Nations


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