Alex Washington

Dr. Alex Washington is a professor and Faculty Equity Advocate in the College of Health and Human Services.  He is also the co-director for the Center for Health Equity Research Institute (NIGMS/NIH).  He has taught research methods, statistics, and social policy.  Alex was a visiting professor in the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Department of Medicine.  Prior to joining CSULB, he was a Faculty Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Disparities Solutions, and an associate professor at Morgan State University (Baltimore).  He has provided outpatient treatment group therapy to veterans diagnosed with schizophrenia and PTSD in the Department of Psychiatry at Veteran Affairs Medical Center (Memphis).  Dr. Washington’s research focuses on transgender health, and barriers to uptake of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (Truvada/Descovy) for HIV prevention among African American and Latinx sexual minority males.  He has also conducted research focused on HIV testing among women during prenatal care; inconsistent reporting of sexual orientation and sexual behaviors among male injection drug users; and HIV testing and sex risks among substance using African American and Latinx men who have sex with men.  He has received research funding from NIDA/NIH, SAMSHA, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  Alex has presented research findings at national and international conferences, such places as Thailand, Canada, Egypt, Australia, South Africa, and Amsterdam.  He has published in empirically-based journals, and serves on professional and community advisory boards.  He was awarded the 2022 Ellen Ward Leadership Icon Award from the LGBTQ Center Long Beach; the 2019 President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement; the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award; and the CSULB Early Academic Career Excellence Award.  He was also the recipient of the Gerald A. Ludd Lifetime Achievement Award (for HIV leadership in the Black community), and received an Underrepresented Minority Research Award from the NIMH Research on AIDS Office.




  • M.A. (Sociology) University of Memphis, 1995
  • M.S. (Social Work) University of Tennessee-Health Science Center, 1998
  • Ph.D. University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2002

  • Gender Identity and Human Sexuality
  • HIV/AIDS Primary and Secondary Prevention
  • Health Disparities
  • Web-based Research Protocols

  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Thesis Advising