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2013 NAESM AAMSM Leadership Conference
Congratulations to Mr. Jagadisa-devasri Dacus on his acceptance to present at the 2013 NAESM AAMSM Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Dacus will be presenting a workshop on "Sustained HIV Seronegativity among Black MSM in NYC: The Neg4Life Pilot Research Study".



Peer Reviewed Presentations at the 28th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Congratulations to Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith on invitations to present at several conferences in November 2012. Dr. Akinsulure-Smith is presenting her research on "Family Conflict and Community Support Among West African Refugee Families in New York", "A Collaborative Model for Building Capacity in Mental Healthcare: Training and Supervision for the Youth Readiness Intervention in Sierra Leone", and "Design and Evaluation of a Group Mental Health Intervention for Multi-Symptomatic War-Affected Youth in Sierra Leone" at the 28th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in Los Angeles, CA.


Presentation at the 42nd Annual Association of Black Sociologists Conference
Ms. Kaydian Reid has been invited to present her research, "The Fictive Kin Role: Transfer of HIV-Protective Techniques to Youth," at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association of Black Sociologists (ABS). The Conference will be held from August 16-18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.


Poster presentation at the McGill University Advanced Study Institute in Cultural Psychiatry
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith's has been invited to present her research on "A Collaborative Model for Building Capacity in Mental Healthcare: Training and Supervision for the Youth Readiness Intervention in Sierra Leone" at McGill University. .


NIH Predoctoral National Research Service Award
Ms. Sonia González has been awarded the F31 predoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program provides predoctoral scientists with research training in health-related areas leading toward a research degree.


Published Refereed Articles
Congratulations to Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith on numerous published articles in peer-reviewed journals in 2012: "Working with forced migrants: Therapeutic issues and considerations for mental health counselors" in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, "Evolution of family policies in post-conflict Sierra Leone" in the Journal of Child and Family Studies, "Responding to secondary traumatic stress: A pilot study of torture treatment programs in the United States" in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, "'911' among West African immigrants in New York City: A qualitative study of disciplinary practices and perceptions of child welfare authorities" in Social Science & Medicine, "Using group work to rebuild family and community ties among displaced African men" in the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, and "Responding to the trauma of sexual violence in asylum seekers: A clinical case study" in Clinical Case Studies.


Presentation at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith's has been invited to present her research on "The place of public health institutions within problem-solving strategies of West African families in New York City" at the Annual Meeting of the society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture. .


Presentation at 5th Annual ISIS Sex Tech Conference
Ms. Sonia González has been invited to present at the 5th Annual Sex Tech Conference in April. The 2012 conference will cover "New Media, Youth and Sexual Health" and will be held in San Francisco, CA. For more information on the conference, click here.


Invited Presentation at the Fifth Annual Psychology Day at the United Nations
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith's has been invited to present on Human Rights for Vulnerable People: Psychological Contributions and the United Nations Perspective at a panel discussion conducted for the Fifth Annual Psychology Dat at the United Nations.


Invited Presentation at the First Annual "It Takes a Community: Optimizing Refugee Resettlement" Conference
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith's has been invited to present her research on "Building on community strengths: Using group work to facilitate healing in refugee communities" at the First Annual "It Takes a Community: Optimizing Refugee Resettlement" Conference in Lancaster, PA.


NDRI Predoctoral Fellowship
Ms. Sonia González has been awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI). The program supports predoctoral scientists in conducting dissertation research and pursuing scientific careers in the areas of drug use/misuse and HIV/AIDS.



Doctoral Student Research Grant Program Competition #7 Award
Mr. Jagadisa-devasri Dacus has been awarded a grant totaling $1500 from the Doctoral Student Research Grant Program Competition #7. We wish him the best of luck in his research.



Ad Hoc Reviewer
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith is serving as an Ad hoc reviewer for Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy and the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.


Publication in African Journal of Traumatic Stress
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith's article, "Needed - Not Just Needy: Empowerment as a Therapeutic Tool in the Treatment of Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma," has been published in the African Journal of Traumatic Stress.


Publications in International Journal of Migration, Health, and Social Care
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith's articles, "Nah We Yone - A grassroots community based organization in New York City: Successes, challenges, and lessons learned" and "Working with interpreters: Tools for clinicians conducting psychotherapy with forced immigrants," have been published in the International Journal of Migration, Health, and Social Care.



Presentation at Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association
Dr. Lourdes Follins has been invited to present her research on "Identity Development of Young Black Lesbians in New York City: An Exploratory Study" as part of the "Intersecting Identities: Perspectives on Black Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals" symposium. The presentation will take place at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in August.




Minority Fellowship Program Doctoral Fellowship Award
Mr. Jagadisa-devasri Dacus has been selected to receive a doctoral fellowship award from the Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program. For more information on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsored program, click here.



NIH Summer Research Institute
Dr. Geetha Gopalan has been invited to attend the Eleventh Annual Summer Institute on Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions. The summer research institute is from the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.




Forthcoming Article in International Online Journal (Spain)
Dr. Nelson Tiburcio's article on International Therapeutic Communities has been noted in an international online journal from Spain. For more information please visit the site here.



Presentation at Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association
Dr. Lourdes Follins has been selected to attend the American Psychological Association's Advanced Training Institute on Research Methods with Diverse Racial & Ethnic Groups. Dr. Follins has also applied for another training program in Applied Child and Adolescent Research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.



Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) Research Award
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith is a recipient of a PSC-CUNY 42 Research Award for a total of $4782.85. The PSC-CUNY Research Award Program supports faculty research and development. Congratulations Dr. Akinsulure-Smith and best of luck with your research.



Awarded Grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Dr. Nelson Tiburcio has received $300,600 in funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for his research on "The process of long term abstinence from opioid use among HIV+ respondents." The project is to be funded through May 2013.




CUNY LaGuardia Community College Adjunct Assistant Professor Appointment
Mr. Jagadisa-devasri Dacus has been appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor at LaGuardia Community College. Dr. Dacus will be teaching "Introduction to Human Services" and "HIV/AIDS Case Management" in the fall.




New Book to Be Published By the Russell Sage Foundation Press
Dr. Tamara Buckley is currently working on a new book titled, Talking about race: A new model of cultural competence, to be published by the Russell Sage Foundation Press.



Article Published in the Research on Social Work Practice Journal
Dr. Geetha Gopalan's article, "A Collaboratively Designed Child Mental Health Service Model: Multiple Family Groups for Urban Children With Conduct Difficulties," has been published in the Research on Social Work Practice journal.



Poster Presentation for the Robert Wood Johnson Symposium at the University of Michigan
Ms. Kaydian Reid has been awarded a travel grant and selected to present her research at the "Social Determinants of Child Health" Symposium on May 17-18, 2011. The Symposium is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Health &Society Scholars Program at the University of Michigan.



Publication in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS care
Dr. Nelson Tiburcio's article, "Barriers and Facilitators in implementing 'Prevention for Positives' alcohol reduction support: The perspectives of directors and providers in hospital-based HIV care centers," has been published in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.



Dean K. Harrison Award Recipient
Mr. Jagadisa-devasri Dacus is the recipient of the Dean K. Harrison award. The award is presented to students from underrepresented groups in doctoral programs at CUNY and is based on academic merit and need. Congratulations Mr. Dacus.




Manuscript Published in the Clinical Social Work Journal
Dr. Geetha Gopalan's article, "Step-Up: Promoting Youth Mental Health and Development in Inner-City High Schools," has been published in a special issue of the Clinical Social Work Journal celebrating the Silver School's 50th Anniversary.



CCNY Psychologist Testifies in War Crimes Case
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith, assistant professor of psychology at CCNY and an expert on gender crimes and post-traumatic stress disorder, testified at the war crimes trial of a former Congolese leader in The Hague. Dr. Akinsulure-Smith interviewed survivors of sexual violence in Bangui in order to prepare her testimony. To view the article, please click here.



New Appointment as Faculty of CCNY Social-Personality Program
Dr. Tamara Buckley has been appointed new faculty member of the Graduate Center through the City College of New York Social-Personality Program.



Presentation at the 24th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference
Dr. Geetha Gopalan has been invited to present her research on "Multiple Family Groups: An engaging mental health intervention for child welfare involved families" at the 24th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference.



Coordinator of Hunter Counseling Program
Dr. Tamara Buckley has been appointed coordinator of the School Counseling Program at Hunter College. School counselors provide counseling and consulting services to students and their families as well as other members of the school community. This is part of the Graduate Programs in Counseling.




Manuscript Published in Social Work in Mental Health
Dr. Geetha Gopalan's article, "Caregiver Depression and Youth Disruptive Behavior Difficulties" has been published in the Social Work in Mental Health Journal.




Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship
Ms. Sonia González is two-time Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholar and scholarship recipient. Ms. González has also been invited to attend the celebration of the 85th anniversary of the Schepp Foundation. Congratulations Ms. González.



Grant Funding Received Through the Viola W. Bernard Foundation
Dr. Geetha Gopalan has received funding through the Viola W. Bernard Foundation for a multiple family group support program. The program, directed by the Child Welfare Organizing Project, is geared towards families reunified from foster care.




CUNY School of Professional Studies Adjunct Professor
Mr. Jagadisa-devasri Dacus has been appointed as the new Adjunct Professor to teach a Public Administration course at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.



Poster Presentation at the 9th International Conference on Urban Health
Dr. Nelson Tiburcio has been invited to present his research on "An Enhanced Understanding of the International Therapeutic Communities' Treatment Process" at the Ninth International Conference on Urban Health in New York.



Publication in the Journal of Drug Issues
Dr. Nelson Tiburcio's article, "Perspectives on the hierarchy of HIV and hepatitis C disease: Consequences for drug treatment program patients," has been published in the Journal of Drug Issues.



The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies Community-Based Research Grant
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith has received $4,000 in grant funding from The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies Community-Based Research Grant through The City College of New York.




Presentation at the National Hispanic Science Network's 10th Annual Conference
Dr. Nelson Tiburcio has been invited to present his research on Modeling a Transdisciplinary Approach to Current Research Agendas at the Tenth Annual Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) Conference in New Orleans. Dr. Tiburcio has also been awarded the NHSN Early Career Investigator Award.



Manuscript Published in Research in Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Dr. Geetha Gopalan's article, "A national study of the impact of outpatient mental health services for children in long term foster care", has been published in Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, a peer reviewed journal that offers comprehensive coverage of clinical and treatment issues across the range of treatment modalities.



Dr. Nelson Tiburcio Presents at the Annual National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) Conference
Dr. Nelson Tiburcio has presented his work on International Therapeutic Communities at the NHSN annual conference on "Modeling a Trans-disciplinary Approach to Current Research Agendas". Dr. Tiburcio is an active member and Chair Emeritus of the Early Career Leadership Committee for the NHSN, and served as founding Editor of the NHSN Newsletter El Faro.




Manuscript Published in Research in Social Work Practice
Dr. Geetha Gopalan's article, "It Takes a Village to Deliver and Test Child and Family-Focused Services", has been published in Research on Social Work Practice.



Poster Presentation at the 2nd Annual LGBT Psychology Summer Institute
Dr. Lourdes Follins has been invited to present "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth-Challenges and Resilience" at the International LGBT Psychology Summer Institute in Michigan.



Social Welfare Doctoral Program at Hunter College
Mr. Jagadisa-devasri Dacus has started the Social Welfare Doctoral Program at Hunter College. The program takes place at the School of Social Work and graduates are awarded a degree in Social Welfare by the CUNY Graduate Center. For more information please visit the program website: Social Welfare Doctoral Program



National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Grant Recipient
Dr. Tamara R. Buckley has received funding of $70,000 for her research on, "The Paradox of Self-Esteem: Why isn't it Protective for HIV Risk Behavior for Black Women?" as part of the NIH Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program.



Poster Presentation at the 2nd Annual LGBT Psychology Summer Institute
Dr. Lourdes Follins has been invited to present "Decisions, Decisions: Exploring the Impact of Self-Esteem on the Sexual and Drug-using Decision Making Process of Young Black and Latino Gay Men in New York City" at the International LGBT Psychology Summer Institute in Michigan.




Recipient of the CUNY University Fellowship
Mr. Jagadisa-devasri Dacus has received the CUNY University Fellowship. Congratulations and we wish him the best of luck in his research and studies.



Workshops at MAN UP, Young Leaders Summit
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith has been invited to conduct workshops on "Female Genital Cutting" and "Violence against women around the world" at MAN UP, Young Leaders Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Young Leaders Summit focuses on aspects of violence against women.



Manuscript Published in the Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Geetha Gopalan's article on "Engaging families into child mental health treatment: updates and special considerations" has been published in the Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.



Panel Presentation Sponsored by the New York State Psychological Association's (NYSPA) Division of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith has been invited to a panel presentation sponsored by NYSPA's Division of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity for her research on "Promoting Social Justice and Positive Mental Health in Educational Settings."



Publication in The Counseling Psychologist
Dr. Tamara Buckley's work, "A new pedagogical model for multicultural counseling training" has been published in The Counseling Psychologist, a journal that focuses on counseling in various areas.



Harvard Catalyst Pilot Grant
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith has received $50,000 in grant funding from Harvard Catalyst Pilot Grants for her project on An Interdisciplinary Approach to Developing and Testing Evidence-based Mental Health Interventions for War Affected Youth in Sierra Leone.



Presentation at the 1st US Conference on African Immigrant Health (USCAIH) in Atlanta
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith has been invited to present her research at the 1st United States Conference on African Immigrant Health. Her presentation will be focused on Rebuilding Community & Family Ties: The use of group treatment for Africans Survivors of torture & trauma.




Dr. Lourdes Follins' New Positions as Ad Hoc Reviewer
Dr. Lourdes Follins named Ad-Hoc Reviewer for the Youth and Society Journal, Journal of Homosexuality, and the American Psychological Association Abstract Selection Committee.



Presentation at the 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Event
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith has been invited to present her research on Women's Health and Mental Health in Times of Crisis: War, Natural Disasters, Epidemics at the 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Event. The event is sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA), the NGO Committee on HIV/AIDS, and the NGO Committee on the Family.




Dr. Tamara R. Buckley's Peer-Reviewed Presentation
Dr. Tamara R. Buckley led a peer-reviewed presentation on "Learning (and mostly not learning) about race" at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in Atlanta, GA.



Peer-Reviewed Presentation at the 1st US Conference on African Immigrant Health (USCAIH)
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith has been invited to present her research on Nah We Yone - Rebuilding & Empowering Shattered African Communities at USCAIH 2010.



Addiction Health Sciences Research (AHSR) New Investigator Award
Dr. Nelson Tiburcio is a recipient of the AHSR New Investigator Award for his work on "An Enhanced Understanding of Therapeutic Communities (TC's) Worldwide" at the AHSR Conference in Kentucky.



Publication in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Dr. Tamara Buckley's work on "Re-creating street-level practice: The role of routines, work groups and team learning" has been published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.





If you have any questions about RHISC, please contact Brian Davis at 212-481-4075 or brian.davis@hunter.cuny.edu.


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RHISC is funded by NIMH R25 training grant, Research in HIV: Skills for Underserved Communities and Families and is hosted exclusively at the Hunter College Center for Community and Urban Health, City University of New York. All materials © 2009, Hunter College Center for Community and Urban Health.