Meet the Scholars

International Scholars 2017-2018

Ulrika Makuraj

Ulrika Makuraj, MBBCH

Wits RHI
Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
Soweto, South Africa

Mentor(s)
  • Sinead Delany-Moretlwe
Project

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

mlo12@cumc.columbia.edu

Mentor(s)
  • Sharon Mannheimer
Project

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

dsheehan@fiu.edu

Mentor(s)
  • Carl Latkin
Project

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

cokafor@mednet.ucla.edu

Mentor(s)
  • Steve Shoptaw, Ken Mayer, and Christopher Hucks-Ortiz
Project

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

Mentor(s)
  • Theresa Gamble
  • Nirupama Sista
Project

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

http://psychology.umbc.edu/people/corefaculty/
abrams/jaabrams@umbc.edu

Mentor(s)
  • Paula Frew
Project

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

International Scholars 2016-2017

Nomhle Khoza

Nomhle Khoza

Wits Reproductive
Health and HIV Institute (WRHI)
Johannesburg, South Africa

Mentor(s)
  • Sinead Delany-Moretlwe
    University of Witwatersrand,
    Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
  • Catherine MacPhail
    University of New England
Project

HPTN 068: The social consequences of female-directed cash transfers: A qualitative study

Jabulani Ncayiyana

Dr. Jabulani Ncayiyana

University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa

Mentor(s)
  • Kathleen Kahn
    University of Witwatersrand
    School of Public Health
  • Audrey Pettifor
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project

HPTN 068: Effect of migration on sexual and reproductive health outcomes in adolescent girls in the rural South Africa

 Emily Makunike-Shava

Dr. Emily Makunike-Shava

Botswana Harvard
AIDS Institute Partnership

Mentor(s)
  • Yuhua Ruan
    National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention
    Beijing, China
  • Yiming Shao
    National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention
    Beijing, China
Project

HPTN 058: Describing sexual risk behaviour amongst injection drug users and its association with drug taking risk: Secondary data analysis of the HPTN 058 study

Domestic Scholars 2016-2017

 Victoria Ojeda

Dr. Victoria Ojeda

University of California, San Diego

Mentor(s)
  • Craig Hendrix
    Johns Hopkins University
  • Rivet Amico
    University of Michigan
    Dept of Health Behavior & Health Education
Project

HPTN 067: Assessing the relationship between study-related stigma and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis adherence in clinical trial HPTN-067

Yusuf Ransome

Dr. Yusuf Ransome

Yale School of Public Health

Mentor(s)
  • Kenneth Mayer
    Fenway Health CRS
Project

HPTN 063: The role of religious involvement, social support, and excessive alcohol use on antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence among HIV-infected individuals across diverse international regions

Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz

Dr. Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz

University of Puerto Rico

Mentor(s)
  • Steve Safren
    University of Miami
Project

HPTN 063: The impact of psychosocial syndemics on sexual and medical health behaviors in HIV-positive patients in care in three countries

Glenn-Milo Santos

Dr. Glenn-Milo Santos

University of California, San Francisco

Mentor(s)
  • Steven Shoptaw
    University of California, Los Angeles
Project

HPTN Substance Use Scientific Committee: Meta-analyses and integrative data analyses of substance use among key populations at risk for HIV

Laurens Van Sluytman

Dr. Laurens Van Sluytman

Morgan State University

Mentor(s)
  • Dr. Carl Latkin
    Johns Hopkins University
    Bloomberg School of Public Health
Project

HPTN 037: Constructing Taxonomies: Identifying Distinctive Forms of HIV Support and Risk Networks among People who use drugs (PWID) and their Network Members

Kiyomi Tsuyuki

Dr. Kiyomi Tsuyuki

University of California, San Diego

Mentor(s)
  • Steven Shoptaw
    University of California, Los Angeles
Project

HPTN 063: Not Just the Needle (Part 2): Prevention in HIV-positive substance users globally

Scholars Alumni

2015-2016

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

 

2014-2015

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

 

2013-2014

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 - Anne Rompalo 
Brooke Montgomery - Sally Hodder
Jennifer Stewart - Ada Adimora

 

2012-2013

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

 

2011-2012

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

 

2010-2011

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