Sheldon Applewhite

Sheldon Applewhite

Associate Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: N-651L

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-1257


Dr. Sheldon Applewhite is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Social Sciences & Human Services Department.  Dr. Applewhite earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Howard University in 2006.  His specializations are urban and medical sociology.  Dr. Applewhite has worked as a Evaluator and Research Scientist at the New york City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene from 2005-2009 with the Healthy Start Brooklyn Program, a multi-million, federally funded program that addresses maternal health outcomes.  Dr. Applewhite joined the faculty of BMCC in 2010.  A native New Yorker, who attended NYC public schools, His current work focuses on health disparities among racial and ethnic groups and health issues of the LGBTQ of color populations.  His current research primarily focuses on HIV prevention strategies for same sex couples.  Dr. Applewhite serves as a Board Member for the Black Gay Research Group.  He is also a contributor to AMNY, A New York City-based local paper that circulates to over 300,000 readers daily in the New York City metropolitan area.  Dr. Applewhite tweets at @DrSApplewhite.


Urban Public Health


  • B.S. State University of New York – College at Buffalo , Sociology,1995
  • M.A. University of Toledo , Sociology,1997
  • Ph.D. Howard University, Sociology,2006

Courses Taught

Research and Projects


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Distinguished Alumni Award -(2005)

    Awarded to an alumni member who has contibuted to the field of sociology and and majored in Sociology at SUNY College at Buffalo. 

  • Robert E. McNair Scholarship (1995)

    Awarded to an undergraduate minority student from the SUNY College at Buffalo who has shown promise as a future researcher.

  • Center for AIDS Prevention Studies Visiting Professor Summer Fellowship ( 2011-2014)

    Awarded a $25,000 grant to develop a HIV prevention pilot research study that explores the socio-cultural, relationship dynamics and HIV prevention and resilience strategies of Black gay male couples.

  • Presidential Scholars Award (2014)

    Awarded $4500 to conductt research on “The Beliefs about Couples-Based HIV Counseling, Testing, and Treatment among Black gay male Couples”.

  • Howard University Travel Grant (2004)

    Awarded grant to travel to the 2004 International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, thailand.

  • NIH Loan Repayment Program Award (2012-2014)

    Award recipient.

  • City University of New York Diversity Fund Grant (2012)

    Awarded $2,00 for pilot research study on HIV prevention among Black gay mle couples.  

  • City University of New York Salute to Scholars Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievements (2012)

    Awarded by CUNY Chancellor in 2012.

  • City University of New York Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (2013)

    Awarded $3,000 to develop manuscrip based on HIV resilience strategies among Black gay male couples.

Additional Information

“The Relationship between Gender Role Conflict, Substance Use, and the Sexual Health Behaviors of Black Men: An Exploratory Research Study of Black College Men.”