Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


Social and Behavioral Aspects of HIV and Other Infectious Diseases


Before accepting a position at Florida International University (FIU) in 1994, Dr. William Darrow was chief of the Behavioral and Prevention Research Branch, Division of STD/HIV Prevention, National Center for Prevention Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has published 130 scientific articles, chapters and research monographs. He has presented more than 100 papers at national and international meetings and has consulted with many organizations, including the Global Program on AIDS, the World Health Organization and the European Union.

Dr. Darrow was recognized for his lifetime contributions to science and humanity by his hometown of Norwich, Connecticut, in 1992 when he was presented with their “Native Son” Award. In 1993, he received the Award for Sociological Practice from the Society for Applied Sociology. In 1994, he accepted the Thomas Parran Award from the American Venereal Disease Association. In 1996, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award given by his alma mater, the University of Connecticut. In 1998, Dr. Darrow and his colleagues were selected by the editors of the Journal of Sex Research to receive the Hugo Beigel Award for the best scientific paper published in their peer-reviewed journal.

His role in demonstrating the sexual transmission of the AIDS virus was described by Randy Shilts in And the Band Played On. His character was portrayed by Richard Masur in the Emmy-Award winning motion picture of the same name. He can be seen playing himself in The Zero Factor, part one of the four-part documentary, A Time of AIDS.


  • Emory University, Ph.D.
  • University of New Hampshire, MA
  • University of Connecticut, BA


Darrow WW.  And the Band Played On: Before and After. AIDS and Behavior (In press). (DOI: 10.1007/s10461-017-1798-2).

Weissman J, Preston S, Sebekos E, Latorre W, Alsaif B, Krupp K, Darrow W.  Associations between Health and Academic Success at a Florida University: An Exploratory Cross-sectional Study.  Florida Public Health Review 13 (2016): 91-98.

Darrow WW.  The Decline and Disorganization of Public Health in the United States: Social Implications.  International Journal of Social Quality 5 (Winter 2015): 29–45 (DOI:10.3167/IJSQ.2015.050203).

Capriles-Quirós JA, McCoy HV, Darrow WW, Rios RE, Rubens M, Silva-Suarez G, Hughes S.  A Needs Assessment of Health Department Employees in Puerto Rico and Florida.  Health Promotion Practice 15 (March 2014; Suppl. 1):23S–32S (DOI: 10.1177/1524839913510919).

Darrow WW.  A National HIV Prevention Strategy for the United States: Troubling Echoes of Earlier VD Control Programs.  Chap. 10 in Raymond A. Smith (ed.), Global HIV/AIDS Politics, Policy and Activism: Persistent Challenges and Emerging Issues, Vol. 1. Politics and Government.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2013:226-248.

Darrow WW.  Community Mobilization, Community Planning, and Community-Based Research for HIV Prevention in the United States.  Chap. 16 in RA Smith (ed.), Global HIV/AIDS Politics, Policy and Activism: Persistent Challenges and Emerging Issues, Vol. 3. Activism and Community Mobilization. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger: 2013:375-399.

Darrow WW, Kim S, Montanea JE, Uribe CL, Sánchez-Braña E, Gladwin H.  Summative Evaluation of a Community Mobilization Program to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in HIV Disease.  Chap. 4 in Daniel Chemtob and Joav Merrick (eds.), AIDS and Tuberculosis: Public Health Aspects.  New York: Nova Science, 2012.