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Michael D. Knox, PhD

  • Title: Emeritus Distinguished University Professor
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  • Phone: 813-974-1925
  • Office: MHC 1722
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Michael D. Knox is an Emeritus Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy. He holds joint appointments as Affiliate Distinguised Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and as Distinguished Professor of Global Health in the College of Public Health. Dr. Knox has courtesy appointments as Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Distinguished Professor of Aging Studies.

Dr. Knox, a licensed psychologist, is founder and director of both the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center and the USF Center for HIV Education and Research. He also serves on the faculty of the India Center for Health, HIV/AIDS Research and Training. He is the senior editor and contributor to HIV and Community Mental Healthcare, a book published in 1998 by The Johns Hopkins University Press. He was Co-Chair of the American Foundation for AIDS Research’s 16th National HIV/AIDS Update Conference held in 2004. His biography is included in the latest editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in American Education.

Dr. Knox has been responsible for more than $35 million in grants and other external funding to USF. He has developed grant-funded collaborations with the USF Departments of Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Criminology, and with the College of Public Health. He has developed grant-funded consortia with the University of California, University of Southern California, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of Puerto Rico, University of the Virgin Islands, Florida A & M University, and Emory University


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Infectious Disease Prevention
  • Training Clinicians
  • Ethics
  • End of Life
  • Peace

Research Projects


Recent Publications

Knox, M.D.  (2007).  HIV and the Older Adult.  In K.S. Markides (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Health and Aging.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Zometa, C.S., Dedrick, R., Knox, M.D., Westhoff, W., Simán Siri, R., & Debaldo, A.C.  (2007).  Translation, Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Validation of an HIV/AIDS Knowledge and Attitudinal Instrument.  AIDS Education and Prevention, 19 (3), 231–244.

Knox, M.D. & Chenneville, T.  (2006).  Prevention and Education Strategies.  In F. Fernandez & P. Ruiz (Eds.), Psychiatric Aspects of HIV/AIDS (pp. 395–403).  Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Clark, C.F., Dow, M.G., & Knox, M.D.  (2006).  Identifying and Treating Depression, Anxiety, and Dementia.  In J. Beal, J.J. Orrick, & K. Alfonso (Eds.), HIV/AIDS Primary Care Guide (pp. 383–402). Norwalk, CT: Crown House Publishing.

Knox, M.D.  (2006).  AIDS Education and Training (Foreword).  In J. Beal, J.J. Orrick, & K. Alfonso (Eds.), HIV/AIDS Primary Care Guide (pp. xi–xiii). Norwalk, CT: Crown House Publishing.

Knox, M.D.  (2005).  AIDS Prevention Leadership.  Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 4 (3), 3–6.