Associate Research Professor, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health
Colin L. Talley is a historian who specializes in the history of public health, medicine, and disease in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research currently focuses on community-based health promotion and sexual behavior change among gay and bisexual men in San Francisco in the 1980s. His book, A History of Multiple Sclerosis (2008) focused, in part, on the changing illness experience of MS and the role of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in advocating for scientific research on MS and for people with MS. His articles on the history of MS, the history of epidemiology, the history of health education, and the history of sexuality have appeared in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Journal of the History of Neurosciences, Journal of the History of Sexuality, and in Emerging Illnesses and Society, Negotiating the Public Health Agenda, edited by P. Brown and R. Packard. He has coauthored several articles with behavioral and social science colleagues focusing on dating preferences of self-identified gay men of Asian descent in the United States, on substance abuse and IPV among Asian and Pacific Islander MSM, and on issues of stigma and mental illness in an urban African-American population.