Meet the Scholars

International Scholars 2018-2019

Yamikani Mbilizi

Yamikani Mbilizi, MBBS

Malawi College of Medicine-Johns Hopkins University Research Project, Blantyre, Malawi

  • Sufia Dadabhai, PhD
    director, Malawi College of Medicine-Johns Hopkins University Research Project, Blantyre, Malawi
  • Theo Sandfort, PhD
    professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University and research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York

Risk perception and risk management among HIV-uninfected men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) in sub-Saharan Africa in HPTN 075

Wilfred T. Gurupira

Wilfred T. Gurupira, MPH

University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences Clinical Trials Research Centre (UZCHS-CTRC), Harare, Zimbabwe

  • James Hakim, MBChB
    professor of medicine, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Taha Taha, MBBS, PhD
    professor of epidemiology and population, family and reproductive health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore and principal investigator, Johns Hopkins University-Blantyre Clinical Trials Unit (JHU Blantyre-CTU), Blantyre, Malawi.

Factors associated with HIV transmission in serodiscordant couples in an African setting in HPTN 052

Maganizo Chagomerana

Maganizo Chagomerana, PhD

UNC Project-Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi

  • Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH
    professor of medicine, University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC and scientific director, UNC Project-Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi

Sexually transmitted infections prevalence and risk of acquisition among HIV-infected index cases and their HIV-uninfected partners in HPTN 052

Domestic Scholars 2018-2019

Tamara Taggart

Tamara Taggart, PhD, MPH

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

  • Sten Vermund, MD, PhD
    dean and Anna M.R. Lauder professor of public health; professor of epidemiology (microbial diseases); professor of pediatrics, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT
  • Yusuf Ransome, DrPH
    assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT
  • Ken Mayer, MD
    chair, HPTN MSM Scientific Committee; principal investigator, Fenway Health CRS; co-chair and medical research director, The Fenway Institute, Boston

The influence of religiosity and other psychosocial factors on HIV risk behaviors among black men who have sex with men (BMSM) in HPTN 061

Maria Luisa Mittal

Maria Luisa Mittal, MD

University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

  • Dave Metzger, PhD
    research associate professor and director of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Division, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, Philadelphia, PA

The role of counseling on medication-assisted treatment adherence and HIV risk reduction among people who inject drugs in HPTN 058

Darren Whitfield

Darren Whitfield, Phd

University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Sheldon Fields, PhD, RN
    dean of the School of Health Professions, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Old Westbury, NY

The self-regulation processes and risk perception in risk reduction methods among black men who have sex with men (BMSM) in HPTN 073

  • Betsy Tolley, PhD, MPH
    director of Behavioral, Epidemiological and Clinical Sciences at FHI 360, Durham, NC and adjunct associate professor at The Gillings School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Chapel Hill, NC

Longitudinal behavioral patterns related to medication adherence among low-income participants of color living with HIV in HPTN 065

International Scholars 2017-2018

Ulrika Makuraj

Ulrika Makuraj, MBBCH

Wits RHI
Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
Soweto, South Africa

  • Sinead Delany-Moretlwe

HPTN 039: A Quantitative Analysis of the risk factors that could affect HIV-1 Acquisition in HSV-2 Seropositive woman and men who have sex with men

Domestic Scholars 2017-2018

Michelle Odlum

Michelle Odlum, EdD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Columbia University School of Nursing
New York, NY

  • Sharon Mannheimer

HPTN 064: Exploring HIV Risk within the Context of Gender-Based Imbalances in a US Population of Racial and Ethnic Minority Women at Risk for HIV/AIDS

Diana Sheehan

Diana Sheehan, PhD, MPH

Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Dept of Epidemiology
Florida International University
Miami, Florida

  • Carl Latkin

HPTN 037: Perceived network sexual norms and HIV sexual risk behavior among drug users and their risk partners

Emeka Okafor

Emeka Okafor, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral Fellow
Division of Infectious Diseases
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

  • Steve Shoptaw, Ken Mayer, and Christopher Hucks-Ortiz

HPTN 061: HIV Disclosure and Sexual Transmission Risk among HIV-Positive African American MSM

Yordanos “Yordi” Tiruneh

Yordanos “Yordi” Tiruneh, PhD, MPhil

UT Health Science Center at Tyler

  • Theresa Gamble
  • Nirupama Sista

The HIV Care Continuum in HPTN 065: Linkage to Care and ART Adherence Practices at Participating Testing and Care Sites

Jasmine Abrams

Jasmine Abrams, PhD

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Medicine & Community Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD

  • Paula Frew

HPTN 064: Exploring the Sexual Health Programming Needs of African American Women and Men: Implications for Culturally Tailored and Gender Relevant Synergistic Interventions

Scholars Alumni


International Cohort 2 and Mentors
Nomhle Khoza - Sinead Delany-Moretlwe and Catherine MacPhail
Emily Makunike-Shava - Yuhua Ruan and Yiming Shao
Jabulani Ncayiyana - Kathleen Kahn and Audrey Pettifor

Domestic Cohort 7 and Mentors
Victoria Ojeda - Craig Hendrix and Rivet Amico
Yusuf Ransome - Kenneth Mayer
Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz - Steve Safren
Glenn-Milo Santos - Steven Shoptaw
Laurens Van Sluytman - Carl Latkin
Kiyomi Tsuyuki - Steven Shoptaw



International Cohort 1 and Mentors
Emilia JalilDr. Beatriz Grinsztejn
Jesne KistanDr. Linda-Gail Bekker

Domestic Cohort 6 and Mentors
Brandon BrownDr. Tom Coates
Dustin DuncanDr. Steve Safren and Ken Mayer
Mandy HillDr. Carl Latkin
Florence Momplaisir David Metzger and Dr. Carl Latkin
Tonia PoteatDr. David Celentano



Domestic Cohort 5 and Mentors
Laramie Smith - Carl Latkin and Steffanie Strathde
Nicole Salazar-Austin - David Celentano
Tiarney Ritchwood - Audrey Pettifor
Bisola Ojikutu - Steven Safren and Ken Mayer



Domestic Cohort 4 and Mentors
Tandrea Carter - Carol Golin
Grace "Chela" Hall - Beryl Koblin
DeMarc Hickson - Ken Mayer
Malika Roman Isler - Carol Golin
Larissa Jennings - Audrey Pettifor 
Brooke Montgomery - Sally Hodder
Jennifer Stewart - Ada Adimora



Domestic Cohort 3 and Mentors 
C. Andres Bedoya - Ken Mayer and Steven Safren
Oni Blackstock - Sharon Mannheimer
Grace "Chela" Hall - Beryl Koblin
Sophia Hussen - Carlos del Rio and Robert Stephenson
Malika Roman Isler - Carol Golin
Brooke Montgomery - Sally Hodder
Chevette Williams - David Metzger



Domestic Cohort 2 and Mentors 
Russell Brewer - Darrell Wheeler
Yvonne Carter - Ada Adimora
Risha Irvin - Susan Buchbinder
LaRon Nelson - Ken Mayer 
Typhanye Penniman Dyer - Steven Shoptaw



Domestic Cohort 1 and Mentors
Russell Brewer - Darrell Wheeler
Yvonne Carter - Ada Adimora
Risha Irvin - Susan Buchbinder 
LaRon Nelson - Ken Mayer 
Typhanye Penniman Dyer - Steven Shoptaw
Zandretta Tims-Cook - Carlos del Rio and Paula Frew