Senior Research Associate
Daniel E. Toleran, MS, is a Senior Research Associate at CARS. He has more than 15 years’ experience championing mental health, social services, and behavioral health prevention and treatment for LGBTQ and other groups experiencing disparities. He has directed several large, successful programs that provide integrated mental and behavioral health, HIV/AIDS services, comprehensive social services, and community advocacy to historically underserved LGBTQ communities. Daniel has served on the advisory boards, work groups, and Boards of Directors of community-based organizations, health departments, and school and clinic health programs. He has provided consultation and trainings on LGBTQ populations, health disparities, and cultural competence. He has successfully disseminated project outcomes in peer-reviewed journal publications, including two articles on differences in substance use and sexual health risk-taking among Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnamese men who have sex with men (MSM). Focus populations have included transgender persons, homeless adults, urban immigrants, and transition-age youth living with HIV.
At CARS, Daniel is Co-Project Director for the California Reducing Disparities Project Phase II LGBTQ TA Center, a Cultural Competence and Collaboration Coach for the NITT-TA Center, and a Subject Matter Expert on Culture Competence on the California Prevention Initiative.
In his spare time, he is an avid overseas traveler. He has travelled extensively in Western and Central Europe, regions of South East Asia, and has ventured to North Africa.