James A. Pollock IV

James Pollock joined Columbia Health in 2014. He received his Ph.D. from New York University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Yale School of Medicine. At New York University, Pollock studied and published on behavioral research in HIV, substance use, sex and mental health.

James enjoys teaching and was an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College for several years. He is currently an adjunct professor at New York University in the Mental Health Counseling Program. Prior to pursuing a career in psychology, he was a New York City public school math teacher in the South Bronx. A Teach for America alumnus, he remains committed to multiple social justice issues.

James has trained in LGBTQ mental health in multiple settings, including the Institute for Human Identity and St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He is dedicated to supporting LGBTQ students. Other professional interests include Health Psychology and Veterans health and wellness.  He is also committed to working with students to address problematic substance use and other addictions. James is an editorial board member for the Journal of Substance Abuse and Alcoholism.


  • Ph.D., New York University
  • M.S.Ed., City University of New York Lehman College
  • B.A., Kalamazoo College

Certifications and Licensure:

  • Licensed to practice psychology in the state of New York

Professional Memberships:

  • American Psychological Association

Published Articles:

  • Moeller, R.W., Halkitis, P.N., Pollock, J.A., Siconolfi, D.E., Barton S.  When the emotions really started kicking in, which ended up being a problem: Sex, HIV and emotions among young gay and bisexual men. Journal of Homosexuality. 2013;  60(5): 773- 795.
  • Pollock, J.A., Halkitis, P.N., Moeller, R.W., Barton, S., Solomon, T.M., Siconolfi, D.  Alcohol use among young men who have sex with men. Substance Use and Misuse. 2012; 47(1): 12-21.
  • Halkitis, P.N., Pollock, J.A., Pappas, M.K., Dayton, A., Moeller, R.W., Siconolfi, D., Solomon. T. Substance use in the MSM population of New York City during the era of HIV/AIDS. Substance Use & Misuse. 2011: 46(2-3); 264-273. 
  • Pollock, J.A., Halkitis, P. N.  Environmental factors in relation to unprotected sexual behavior among gay, bisexual, and other MSM. AIDS Education & Prevention. 2009; 21(4): 341-356.  
  • Halkitis, P. N., Moeller, R. W., Pollock, J.A.  Sexual practices of gay, bisexual and other non-identified MSM attending New York City gyms: Patterns of serosorting, strategic positioning, and context selection. Journal of Sex Research. 2008; 45(3) 453-461.