PhD, John Hopkins 1977

BA, University of Texas 1968

Academic interests

Social networks; HIV/AIDS; Family


Research methods, theory, statistics


  • Bell, D.C. and R.A. Trevino (1999). Modeling HIV risk. Journal of AIDS & HR
  • Bell, D.C., J.S. Atkinson, and J. Carlson (1999). Centrality measures for disease transmission networks. Social Networks
  • Montoya, I.D., D.C. Bell, A.J. Richard and J. W. Carlson (1999). Estimated HIV risk among Hispanics in a samples of drug users. Journal of AIDS & HR
  • Bell, D.C., I.D. Montoya, and J.S. Atkinson (2000). Partner concordance in reports of joint risk behaviors. JAIDS: Journal of AIDS
  • Bell, D.C., and A.J. Richard (2000). Caregiving: The forgotten element in attachment, Psychological Inquiry
  • Bell, D.C., and A.J. Richard (2000). The search for a caregiving motivation (authors response). Psychological Inquiry
  • Bell, L.G. and D.C. Bell. (2000). Japanese and U.S. marriage experiences: Traditional and non-traditional perceptions of family, Journal of Comparative Family Studies
  • Richard, A.J., D.C. Bell, and I.D. Montoya (2000). Normative Influence in personal networks: Application to condom use. AIDS Education and Prevention
  • Richard, A.J., D.C. Bell, and J.W. Carlson (2000). Individual religiosity, moral community and drug user treatment. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Bell, D.C. (2001). Evolution of parental caregiving. Personality and Social Psychology Review
  • Bell, D.C., D. Lee, S-J. Yang, and V. Health. (2001). Relationships and diseases among drug users and nonusers. Journal of Urban Health
  • Bell, L.G., D.C. Bell, and Y. Nakata. (2001). Triangulation and Adolescent Development in the U.S. and Japan, Family Process
  • Bell, D.C., J.S. Atkinson, and V. Mosier. (2002). The role of gatekeepers in limiting HIV transmission. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
  • Bell, D.C., I.D. Montoya, J.S. Atkinson, and S.J. Young. (2002). Social networks and forecasting the spread of HIV. JAIDS
  • Bell, D.C., J.S. Atkinson, and V. Mosier. (2001). Risk gatekeepers and the regulation of HIV transmission. In: The Network Paradigm in Research on Drug Abuse, HIV, and other Blood- Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections: New Perspectives, Approaches, and Applications. Washington D.C.: National Institute on Drug Abuse. 
  • Montoya, I.D., D.C. Bell, J.S. Atkinson, C.W. Nagy & D.D. Whitsett. (2002). Mental health, drug use, and the transition from welfare to work. Journal of behavioral health services & research 
  • Bell, D.C., R.A. Trevino, J.S. Atkinson & J. Carlson. (2003). Motivations for condom use. Clinical laboratory science
  • Bell, D.C. & S. Evans. (2003). Health, social support and satisfaction with health outcome. Journal of psychoactive drugs 
  • Atkinson, J.,S. I.D. Montoya, D.D Whitsett, D.C. Bell, & C. Nagy. (2003) The relationship among “psychological” emotional and behavioral distress, Employment, and drug use over time in a sample of female TANF recipients. Journal of Community Psychology
  • Bell, L. G., Dendo, H., Nakata, Y., Bell, D. C., Munakata, T., and Nakamura, S. (2004). The experience of family in Japan and the United States: Working with the constraints inherent in cross-cultural research. Journal of Comparative Family Studies
  • Brown, V.L., R.A. Trevino, A.J. Richard, H.S. Brown, D.C. Bell & I.D. Montoya. (2004). An analysis of peer influence and peer selection on HIV risk behaviors. Journal of applied biobehavioral research
  • Bell, D.C., V. Mosier, J.A. Patek & C.A. Dayton-Shotts. (2005). Health care among insured drug users and nonusers. Substance use and misuse
  • Bell, L. G. and Bell, D. C. (2005). Family dynamics in adolescence affect midlife well-being. Journal of Family Psychologyv Bell, D.C., S. Sheth, B.B. McQueen & T. Serrano. (2005). Why don!t drug users get treatment?. International journal of self help and self care
  • Bell, D.C., J.S. Atkinson, V. Mosier, M. Riley & V.L. Brown. (2007). The HIV transmission gradient: Relationship patterns of protection. AIDS and behavior 
  • Bell, David C., Benedetta Belli-McQueen & Ali Haider. (2007). Partner naming and forgetting: Recall of network members. Social networks 
  • Bell, D.C. (2008). Constructing Social Theory. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield 
  • Bell, D.C. (2009). Attachment without fear. Journal of Family Theory and Review 
  • Bell, D.C. (2010). The Dynamics of Connection: How Evolution and Biology Create Caregiving and Attachment. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books 


RECENT GRANTS: Networks of Heterosexual Risk and HIV (RO1 4/08 - 3/13) Principal Investigator; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development The purpose of this project is to investigate the critical pathway for heterosexual transmission of HIV from HIV positive persons to their HIV negative sexual partners and thus to other HIV negative persons in the general population. 

Community Based Research on Drug Use Networks, Phase II (RO1 9/00 - 9/06) Role: Principal Investigator; National Institute on Drug Abuse The purpose of this project was to investigate the role of emotional attachment and network turnover on HIV transmission. The project collected a sample of 202 persons, both drug users and nonusers, who were interviewed at 3-month intervals for 4 years about their drug use and other network relationships.

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