Dr. Robert Remien is a Clinical Psychologist, a Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology, and Director of the NIMH-funded HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the NY State Psychiatric Institute and the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. Dr. Remien has been involved in HIV volunteer work, clinical work, and community mobilization and advocacy since the early 1980’s and he has developed a large and diverse portfolio of domestic and international research projects focused on the intersection of prevention and care – specifically HIV testing, linkage and retention in care, adherence to treatment, and HIV prevention among PLWH.
His research, advocacy, teaching and training are highly focused on the integration of behavioral health into HIV research and health care, including the development and testing of evidence-based behavioral interventions. He is the Clinical Director for mental health in the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center, Faculty Mentor for HIV Center Postdoctoral Fellows, and Clinical Supervisor to psychiatric residents in training, and serves on numerous NIH review panels and local, national, and international advisory groups, including the NY State Governor’s “Ending the Epidemic Task Force,” and AIDS Advisory Council for NYS.
In 2020, he received the Psychology and AIDS Distinguished Leader Award in honor of “a decades-long career that stands as a model of how psychologists have uniquely contributed to the domestic and international battle against HIV/AIDS and for highlighting the critical role that mental health plays in efforts to end the epidemic.”