Professor of Social Work
Room 830
212-851-2397

Elwin Wu

Dr. Wu’s groundbreaking research on drug-involved men and women, men who have sex with men, and offenders advocates for taking a social justice approach to people who are the object of social stigma.


Dr. Wu is a co-director of the Social Intervention Group and of the HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Promising New Investigators from Underrepresented Groups. He is also a director of Columbia University’s Training, HIV, Substance Abuse, and Criminal Justice Fellowship Program and co-director of the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia. His practice experience includes direct clinical practice with individuals, couples, and groups with agencies serving primarily the LGBT communities; evaluation of violence prevention programs for perpetrators of intimate partner violence in same-sex relationships; and program development and evaluation for criminal justice-involved adolescents and adults.

Dr. Wu’s prevention and intervention research focuses on offenders— defined as those whose behaviors place others at risk for health and pyschosocial problems— and frequently examines the nexus of drug abuse, partner violence, and HIV. He also conducts empirical investigations into factors and experiences that affect the professional trajectory of up-and-coming racial/ethnic minority researchers interested in applied sociobehavioral science, in order to address and redress health disparities. Dr. Wu holds a BS in Biology from Case Western University, an MS from the Columbia School of Social Work, and a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University.