National Mentoring Network (MNET) Mentor Profiles
David Latini, Ph.D
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston VA Medical Center, Houston, TX
Research Interests: Behavioral Medicine, Cancer, Equity, Geriatrics, Patient-Centered Care
Dr. David Latini is a clinical psychologist who has spent the last 14 years working on quality of life research in patients with urologic disease, 6 years at the University of California, San Francisco and for the last 8 years at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to his research experience, he has worked with men in three different support groups over the last 7 years, educating men about living with urinary and sexual dysfunction and other symptoms of urologic disease. To date, he has published more than 70 papers, primarily in sexual and urologic health. Dr. Latini’s work has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, American Cancer Society, Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, Baylor College of Medicine’s Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, Mt. Zion Health Fund, and the pharmaceutical industry. He has had a long-term interest in cancer among underserved populations – low-health-literacy persons, African-Americans, Latinos, and the LGBT community. He was the program co-chair and organizer of the first conference on cancer in the LGBTQI community, held in 2006 in conjunction with the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s annual meeting. He recently published the first two papers from their study of gay men with prostate cancer and is a co-investigator of a similar study based in Australia. In addition to his urologic oncology work, Dr. Latini has been in a national leadership position in health professions education within VA for the last 3 years. Currently, he is one of four national program directors for associated health education within VA. They manage a portfolio of more than 40 clinical health professions training programs including psychology, social work, podiatry, pharmacy, and other associated health professions.