David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is a social worker, certified sex therapist and clinical hypnotherapist residing in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He has worked in the areas of mental health and substance abuse for more than 25 years in numerous settings, including inpatient and outpatient programs. He currently maintains a private psychotherapy practice and consults for the Broward County Health Department and Sunserve, an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) social services agency. He frequently presents workshops on issues concerning substance abuse, mental health and chronic illness both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Fawcett received a B.A. in anthropology from Miami University of Ohio and worked as Registrar at New York's Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, which became part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. While in New York, he received an M.A. in anthropology from Hunter College and an M.Phil. degree, also in anthropology, from the City University of New York Graduate Center. During that time, he did fieldwork among the Hopi Tribe in Arizona and the Zuni in New Mexico, and authored several catalogs, including one for a touring project on Native American painting, as well as a study of Brazilian Indian featherwork, which was part of a larger exhibition that he accompanied to Beijing and Shanghai in the People's Republic of China after it was displayed at the U.S. Custom House in New York.
He became interested in behavioral health and relocated to Florida in 1986, working in clinical settings treating both substance abuse and eating disorders. He received an M.S.W. from Florida International University and spent the next decade in a community mental health agency working with serious and persistent mental illness. Since being diagnosed HIV positive in 1988, he had taken a special interest in mental health issues and HIV, particularly among gay men. This ultimately led to his becoming Director of the Pride Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, and eventually opening his private practice. In 2004, he received his Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology through a program of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists. His dissertation on methamphetamine and sexual risk received a research award.
In his practice, Dr. Fawcett addresses a wide range of concerns, including addiction, trauma and issues related to chronic illness, especially HIV/AIDS. He also facilitates the "Connections" groups for gay men at Fusion in Wilton Manors, a gay men's drop-in center operated by the Broward County Health Department.
Dr. Fawcett has been very active in the South Florida community. He was a founder and Chair of the South Florida Methamphetamine Task Force, a nationally recognized coalition that addressed the meth epidemic through training, prevention and intervention. He went on to found Meth & Men South Florida, a not-for-profit endeavor that provides a variety of clinical services on a sliding scale. He serves on several boards, including the Board of Governors of the Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse; and Archways, a community mental health center. He is a member of community advisory and data and safety monitoring boards for ongoing studies at several universities, supervises clinical interns at Sunserve, and is a member of the National Steering Committee for National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Dr. Fawcett is an advocate for gay men's health and served as the 2010 Program Co-Chair for the National Gay Men's Health Summit.
In addition to writing for TheBody.com, David's blog entries have appeared on LifeLube and The Bilerico Project, Florida. He is currently working on a book on gay men, methamphetamine and sexual recovery. David resides in Ft. Lauderdale with his partner.
Dr. Fawcett has served on a community advisory board for Gilead Sciences, Inc.