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Michael LeVasseur, PhD, MPH

Michael T. LeVasseur

Assistant Teaching Professor of Epidemiology
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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PhD, Epidemiology, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health
MPH, Concentration in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, CUNY Hunter School of Public Health
BA, Sarah Lawrence College


After receiving my doctorate in epidemiology from Drexel University, I spent three years working as the lead biostatistician for a project examining Philadelphia’s beverage tax at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics.

My primary area of research in epidemiology is in HIV and health disparities among sexual and gender minority populations. I am also interested in the intersections of data science and public health.

Research Interests

  • Data Analysis Methods
  • Health Disparities
  • Infectious Disease
  • Reproductive or Sexual Health


Goldstein ND, LeVasseur MT, Tran NK, Purtle J, Welles SL, Eppes SC. Modeling HPV vaccination scale-up among urban young men who have sex with men in the context of HIV. Vaccine. In press.

Roberto CA, Lawman HG, LeVasseur MT, et al. Association of a Beverage Tax on Sugar-Sweetened and Artificially Sweetened Beverages With Changes in Beverage Prices and Sales at Chain Retailers in a Large Urban Setting. JAMA. 2019;321(18):1799–1810.

Lawman HG, Bleich SN, Yan J, LeVasseur MT, Mitra N and Roberto CA. Unemployment claims in Philadelphia one year after implementation of the sweetened beverage tax. PLoS One. 2019;14:e0213218.

LeVasseur MT, Goldstein ND, Tabb LP, Olivieri-Mui BL, Welles SL. The Effect of PrEP on HIV Incidence Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in the Context of Condom Use, Treatment as Prevention, and Seroadaptive Practices. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018;77(1):31-40.

Hoffman S, Levasseur M, Mantell JE, et al. Sexual and reproductive health risk behaviours among South African university students: results from a representative campus-wide survey. African journal of AIDS research : AJAR. 2017;16(1):1-10.

Widman SA, LeVasseur MT, Tabb LP, Taylor JA. The benefits of data linkage for firefighter injury surveillance. Injury Prevention. 2017.

Gillespie S, LeVasseur MT, Michael YL. Neighbourhood Amenities and Depressive Symptoms in Urban-Dwelling Older Adults. Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health 2017.

Goldstein ND, Burstyn I, LeVasseur MT, Welles SL. Drug use among men by sexual behavior, race and ethnicity: prevalence estimates from a nationally representative US sample. Intl J Drug Policy 2016.

Goldstein ND, LeVasseur MT, Purtle J. Is this thing on? Getting the public to listen to the pro-vaccine message. Vaccine 2016.

Taylor JA, Barnes B, Davis AL, Wright J, Widman S, LeVasseur M. Expecting the unexpected: A mixed methods study of violence to EMS responders in an urban fire department. Am J Ind Med 2016.

Mantell JE, LeVasseur MT, Sun X, Zhou J, Mao J, Peng Y, et al. What role does transactional sex play in the HIV/STI and reproductive health risk behaviour among high-tier entertainment centre workers in China? Glob Public Health 2015;10(8):947-67.

Chiu E, Gold T, Fettig V, LeVasseur MT, Cressman DE. Identification of a Nuclear Export Sequence in the MHC CIITA. J Immunol 2015.

Rodriguez K, Ventura-DiPersia C, LeVasseur MT, Kelvin EA. Inconsistencies on U.S. Departments of Health Websites Regarding Anal Use of the Female Condom. AIDS Behav 2014.

LeVasseur MT, Goldstein ND, Welles SL. A public health perspective on HIV/AIDS in Africa: Victories and unmet challenges. Pathophysiology 2014.

LeVasseur MT, Kelvin EA, Grosskopf NA. Intersecting Identities and the Association Between Bullying and Suicide Attempt among New York City Youth: Results from the 2009 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey, American Journal of Public Health. 2013.

Grosskopf NA, LeVasseur MT, Glaser DB. Use of the Internet and Mobile-Based "Apps" for Sex-Seeking Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in New York City. American Journal of Mens Health. 2014.