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Philip Alcabes, PhD
Professor, Urban Public Health, Hunter College
Visiting Associate Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Nursing

Areas of expertise: Statistical methods for nested and longitudinal research designs, guidance on data analysis and analytic sections of applications and publications.

Workshops: Statistical methods for nested research designs. In addition, Dr. Alcabes will assist with establishment of statistical methods and guiding analysis of data for presentations, applications, and publications, and will be available for ongoing consultation, as needed.

Bio: Philip Alcabes is an infectious-disease epidemiologist who has studied social aspects of AIDS, TB and other communicable epidemic diseases. He has authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed research articles in the American Journal of Epidemiology, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, and other journals. Currently, his research examines the history of contagion control and the social construction of epidemics. His book on this topic, DREAD: How Fear and Fantasy have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to the Avian Flu, was published in 2009. Dr. Alcabes serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee to the World Trade Center Health Registry Project of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Mosen Auryan, PhD, MBA
Director of Assessment, Hunter College
Chair of CUNY Assessment Council

Areas of expertise: Program evaluation/assessment in higher education, healthcare, and non-profit organizations.

Workshops: Program evaluation/assessment. In addition, Dr. Auryan will be available for ongoing consultation on outcomes assessment.

Bio: As faculty, researcher and consultant, Mosen Auryan has more than 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of evaluation initiatives. He joined Hunter College in 2008 as the Director of Assessment and led the college-wide accreditation effort with respect to academic quality and effectiveness. Prior to joining Hunter College, Mosen Auryan was a faculty at Baruch College and taught graduate courses in the Executive MPA program. He also designed curriculum and conducted management leadership seminars for a number of organizations, including Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, United Way, Partnership for After School Education (PASE), Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC), New York Housing Authority (NYCHA), and Hispanic Federation Networks.

Martin Dornbaum, MS
Director, Hunter College Health Professions Education Center (HPEC)

Areas of expertise: Utilizing media for health promotion, technology, conference presentations, research poster design.

Workshops: Utilizing media for health promotion. In addition, Mr. Dornbaum will review proposed interventions for the appropriate incorporation of media and for proposed media strategies for dissemination. He also will be available for ongoing consultation regarding the development and use of media for purposes of intervention, dissemination and presentation, as needed.

Bio: Mr. Martin Dornbaum is a Technology Integration Specialist focusing on the pedagogical use of IT and learning outcomes of future health care professionals. He has served as Director of the Health Professions Education Center (HPEC) at Hunter College since its inception in 1988. As Director, Mr. Dornbaum collaborates with faculty and supports their use of technology in the delivery of curricula through a variety of instructional methods.

Mr. Dornbaum has an extensive resume as a filmmaker, focusing especially on health education. He was Associate Producer of Stay Tuned: The Challenge of Hearing Loss, and the Emmy-nominated film In Care of: Families and Their Elders. He has collaborated with faculty from both the School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing on a variety of health productions, including In Control, a videotape to promote adherence to a healthy diabetic lifestyle for minority elders, and with Dr. Carol Roye on a video intervention entitled Reality Check, which teaches the importance of dual protection for pregnancy and HIV/STDs. Mr. Dornbaum has also produced the critically acclaimed films, A Life Apart: Hasidism in America and Hiding and Seeking.

Roseanne Flores, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Hunter College

Areas of expertise: of low-literacy interventions, strategies to effectively work with schools and other governmental entities, principles of measurement, real world strategies for developing applications.

Workshops: Mentoring workshop for Institute faculty and for home institution mentors. Summer Institute workshops on the design of low-literacy interventions, strategies to effectively work with schools and other governmental entities, and principles of measurement. Dr. Flores will be available for ongoing consultation regarding these subjects; will also review measures, as needed; and will assist individuals with the development of real world strategies to address these issues.

Bio: Roseanne Flores researches the effect of poverty on children's cognitive and linguistic development, the influence of parent-child discourse practices on children's cognitive and linguistic development, and the role of teachers’ reading styles on children's cognition. She has worked in day care centers with children of homeless families, and has developed an expertise in working with low literacy populations, schools and agencies. She currently serves as co-chair of the Hunter College Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Denise Hien, PhD
Professor, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Subprogram CUNY at City College
Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
160 Convent Avenue-NAC-8-131
City College of New York, NY, NY 10031

Areas of expertise: Evidence based behavioral treatments for traumatic stress and PTSD, psychosocial and neurobehavioral correlates interpersonal violence, psychotherapy research.

Workshops: Science behind treatments for behavioral interventions for PTSD and substance use disorders; gender and addictions; intergenerational transmission of trauma in low-income families.

Bio: Over the past 17 years, Dr. Hien and her team at the Research Center on Trauma and Addictions have conducted research that has helped to characterize the psychosocial and diagnostic correlates of interpersonal violence among inner-city minority women and their families. She has also contributed to science on the treatment of trauma-related disorders with substance comorbidity, conducting single and multi-site clinical trials across the United States in community-based substance abuse treatment settings. Dr. Hien has authored and presented extensively in scientific journals, and at national and international conferences. She is considered a leader in the field of women’s trauma and addiction treatment and has recently published a new book with the American Psychological Association Press, offering practical support to community providers and programs who want to integrate trauma services for women in substance abuse treatment.

Elizabeth Kelvin, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics Track, CUNY School of Public Health
Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, HIV Center for Clinical & Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute & Columbia University

Areas of expertise: Study design and statistical analysis

Workshops: Statistical analysis options and presenting your results; individual consultations.

Bio: Elizabeth Kelvin is an infectious-disease epidemiologist who has worked on a number of international and domestic randomized clinical trials and observational studies. Her research has focused primarily on HIV and neurocysticercosis, although she is also involved in studies looking at the environmental causes of allergy and other health conditions in children. She has authored or co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed research articles and is currently co-editing an introductory statistics text book for the health professions.

Beatrice J. Krauss, PhD
Executive Director, Office of Faculty Research and Project Development, Hunter College
Executive Director, Center for Community and Urban Health, Hunter College
Professor, Urban Public Health, City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College

Areas of expertise: HIV stigma, adolescent sexual risk behavior, role of family and social networks in HIV prevention and education, models of community/researcher relations and dissemination.

Workshops: Scientific and methodological aspects of HIV-related research; effective community outreach; ethics; grant writing. In addition, Dr. Krauss participates in peer review sessions; conducts concept paper and pilot proposal reviews; provides guidance regarding pilot projects, career planning, and development of grant applications; conducts other mentoring activities, as needed; and assists with publication, grant writing and dissemination activities.

Bio: Beatrice Krauss’s research focuses on HIV prevention, on adjustment to HIV in highly affected communities, on the effects of HIV stigma on people living with HIV as well as on their caregivers and support networks, on methodological issues in field research, and on the dissemination of research-supported interventions. For the last 16 years, she has followed 375 minority parents and 375 of their children in the Lower East Side of New York City, evaluating long-term outcomes of interventions for parents designed to assist them in their role as family health educators, a project selected by NIH for HIV-prevention training for its own staff. Recently she has looked at the multiple stresses (health, community violence, disaster) faced by such families. Her highly regarded NIMH-funded Parent/Preadolescent Training for HIV Prevention (PATH) has been replicated in Mexico City under World AIDS Foundation funding, in Miami with Cuban immigrant families under NIMH funding, and in Mumbai under both World AIDS Foundation and NIMH funding. Dr. Krauss has served on multiple NIH review panels, and has been a member of Hunter College’s IRB. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and was recently appointed Special Project Associate to United Nations Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for HIV-related issues.

Jose E. Nanin, EdD, CHES
Associate Professor, Community Health, Kingsborough Community College
Faculty Affiliate, Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) at Hunter College
Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Education, Teachers College/Columbia University

Areas of expertise: Survey and focus group research, disenfranchised populations (LGBT and people of color), educational programming for sexual health; motivational interviewing (MI); resiliency/strengths-based approaches to enhance health; social marketing and health communications (aka health marketing).

Workshops: Using educational interventions to facilitate behavior change; Using MI-based interventions to decrease HIV sexual risk; Working with LGBT and People of Color organizations to increase inclusivity in research.

Bio: Dr. Nanin, a certified health education specialist (CHES), has been in the field of sexual health research and education for over 20 years, focusing primarily on HIV prevention. His current research interests include investigating behavioral and contextual factors affecting the biopsychosocial health of gay/bisexual men and assessing sexual protective and risk behaviors as well as psychological resilience among men of color who have sex with men and other sub-communities of gay and bisexual men. Through his affiliation with CHEST, he serves as a principal investigator on a CDC-funded study exploring content and contexts of HIV prevention communication among Black MSM and members of their social networks. Dr. Nanín has a wealth of experience in HIV prevention and sexual health, having worked at GMHC, the Hunter College Center on AIDS, Drugs, and Community Health, and the HIV Training Institute of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He has been trained in motivational interviewing (MI) and MI supervision by the originators of these techniques, Drs. Miller, Rollnick, and Moyers. He has been a trainer in MI for the past 10 years and continues to conduct trainings for CBOs who work with at-risk populations. He has authored or co-authored over 10 peer-reviewed research articles in the American Journal of Men’s Health, Journal of Sex Research, and Journal of Drug Education, among others. He has also served on both the Hunter College and Kingsborough Community College Institutional Review Boards for the Protection of Human Subjects.

Jeffrey T. Parsons, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Hunter College
Director, Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST), Hunter College
Professor, CUNY Graduate Center

Areas of expertise: Substance use, sexual risk, medication adherence, reaching hidden communities, intervention development, evaluation.

Workshops: Substance use, reaching hidden communities, and substance use and mental health measures. In addition, Dr. Parsons will participate in “science in a fishbowl” peer review sessions; conduct concept paper and pilot proposal reviews; conduct site visits to funded projects; provide guidance regarding pilot projects, career planning, publication, and development of grant applications; conduct additional mentoring activities, as needed; and assist with publication and dissemination activities.

Bio: Jeffrey Parsons’ research centers on sexual risk behavior change, reducing alcohol and other drug use, and improving adherence to HIV medications. He has also examined factors related to adolescent risk-taking, sexual behaviors and other issues facing gay/bisexual male sex workers, and HIV issues among persons with hemophilia. For over 10 years. Dr. Parsons has been involved in the development and testing of behavioral interventions designed to impact the lives of those living with HIV. He is a member of the International Association of Motivational Interviewing Trainers (IAMIT) and has provided numerous MI trainings and consultations to HIV clinics, medical and psychosocial providers, and other individuals incorporating MI into their clinical work. He is actively involved in the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality ( and is a member of the Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS Study Section for the National Institutes of Health.

Laxmi Ramasubramanian, PhD, AICP
Associate Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College
Doctoral Faculty, Earth and Environmental Sciences Program and Environmental Psychology Program at the Graduate Center

Areas of expertise: Participatory and action research methods for community development, Public Participation Geographic Information Science (PPGIS), urban data visualization, environmental design policy and practice, children and youth, planning in developing countries, South Asia.

Workshops: Field research methods for participatory and action research, use of digital technologies for research, design and implementation of participatory planning projects.

Bio: Laxmi Ramasubramanian, M.Arch, PhD, AICP is an architect and a city planner. Prior to joining Hunter College, she has held research and teaching appointments at the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as postdoctoral fellowships in Australia (University of New England) and New Zealand (University of Auckland). Professor Ramasubramanian is a nationally known expert in the area of Public Participation GIS – specifically the use of digital technologies such as GIS in facilitating collaborative planning activities that empower a wide range of stakeholders. Her area of expertise is in setting up and implementing participatory planning projects that use affordable and accessible digital technologies. Her book on the topic Geographic Information Science and Public Participation was published in 2010 by Springer-Verlag. Dr. Ramasubramanian has received research funding from a range of public and nonprofit sources including the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, US Federal Transit Administration, NOAA, the Ford Foundation, and the NSF-funded National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council. Professor Ramasubramanian has been active in research and project management, serving as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of 18 research projects totaling over 2 million dollars over the past eight years. She serves on the board of directors of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and is active in the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

Jerome Richardson, BA
Director of Finance and Business Operations, CUNY School of Public Health

Areas of Expertise: Pre and post award grants administration, budget development, and RF policies & procedures

Workshops: Budget development, financial tracking, variance reporting and program planning.

Bio: Jerome has worked for the Research Foundation of CUNY and the Research Foundation of SUNY. Formerly, the Research Foundation of CUNY's liaison to Hunter College where he had offices at all three Hunter campuses where he provided faculty and administrators and with financial oversight on their grants, RF systems trainings, workshops and advisement on RF policies and procedures. He has over 20 years of pre and post award grants experience. Areas of expertise are pre and post award grants administration, budget development, and RF policies & procedures. Member of National Council of University Administrators (NCURA), Society for Research Administrators (SRA) and Member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing BONUS Leadership Network (AACN).

Lynn Roberts, PhD
Assistant Professor; Track Coordinator, Community Health Education, Hunter College

Areas of expertise: Adolescent and women’s health, violence prevention, community organizing and development, health disparities.

Workshops: Qualitative research methods, adolescent sexual behavior, and critical analysis of risk messages in popular culture. In addition, Dr. Roberts will be available for ongoing consultation, as needed; will assist individuals with qualitative data analysis issues; and will provide guidance for mentees involved in research related to adolescent risk behaviors.

Bio: : Lynn Roberts’ current research examines the intersection of race, class and gender and the resulting impact of multiple oppressions on the dating relationships and sexual risk taking behaviors of young women and men of color. She is a Board Member of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective. From 2000-2002, she was a Visiting Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California (San Francisco). Dr. Roberts previously served as Senior Program Coordinator at the New York AIDS Consortium, as Program Director for the Visiting Nurse Service’s First Steps Program, and as Project Director for a New York State AIDS Institute project to provide HIV/AIDS education to incarcerated high school and foster care youth.

Carol Roye, EdD, RN, CPNP
Assistant Dean for Research and Professor, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing
Professor, CUNY Graduate Center

Areas of expertise: Measuring biological outcomes, home visiting, clinic intervention models addressing adolescent sexual risk behaviors.

Workshops: Biological outcomes, home visiting, and clinic intervention models. In addition, Dr. Roye will participate in “science in a fishbowl” peer review sessions; conduct pilot proposal reviews; provide guidance regarding pilot projects, career planning, publications, and development of grant applications; conduct additional mentoring activities, as needed; and assist fellows with publication and dissemination activities.

Bio: Carol Roye is a practicing pediatric nurse practitioner who provides reproductive health care to adolescent girls in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. She is the author of many publications on a range of topics in adolescent reproductive health, including Adolescent Sexual Development and Sexuality: Assessment and Interventions, a popular book for professionals who work with teenagers around issues of sexuality. Her research focuses on issues pertinent to adolescents, including HIV/AIDS prevention for adolescent girls and teen pregnancy prevention including working with mothers of pregnant and parenting teens to improve outcomes for their daughters. Her work is featured by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and appears in the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth. She has appeared on radio and television to talk about adolescent and women’s health issues and has spoken at numerous national and international conferences. She is currently at work on a book which examines the genesis of current, unfavorable reproductive health policies and the adverse impact they have on child health in the U.S. and overseas.

Darrell Wheeler, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor, Hunter College School of Social Work

Areas of expertise: Careers of minority researchers, designing grounded/culturally sensitive interventions, ethics.

Workshops: Careers of minority researchers, designing grounded/culturally sensitive interventions, and ethics. In addition, Dr. Wheeler will participate in “science in a fishbowl” peer review sessions; conduct pilot proposal reviews; meet with community partners; provide guidance regarding pilot projects, career planning, publications, and development of grant applications; conduct additional mentoring activities, as needed; and assist with publication and dissemination activities.

Bio: Darrell Wheeler’s research focuses on the identification and exploration of individual and communal resiliency in HIV prevention and intervention, with particular emphasis on African American and Black gay, bisexual and transgender communities. He was the co-principal investigator of Brothers y Hermanos, a CDC epidemiologic HIV/AIDS research study of Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in New York City, which investigated factors associated with HIV risk behaviors unique to this population. He is a recent co-recipient of an American International Health Alliance partnership award to develop the capacity of social service programs in Nigeria for orphaned and other vulnerable youth. Dr. Wheeler is a member of, and has held nationally elected positions in, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Social Workers; has served on the NYC Prevention Planning Group and on review panels for the CDC, NIH, and the University of California; and currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, International Journal of Men’s Health, and Journal of HIV/AIDS in Social Services.

Consortium and Consultant Faculty Enriching the Summer Institute

Susannah Allison, PhD
Program Officer, Infant, Child & Adolescent Research Program
Division of AIDS Research, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health

Areas of expertise: Research on the prevention of HIV infection among infants, children, and adolescents; Research on the neurobehavioral and psychosocial effects of HIV infection among youth.

Workshops: Navigating the NIH System; Update on Changes to the NIH Review; Funding Opportunities at NIMH.

Bio: Susannah Allison, PhD is a Program Officer at the National Institute of Mental Health within the Infants, Children and Adolescents Research Program in the Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS. The program supports neurobehavioral and psychosocial studies involving infants, children, and adolescents that are infected with HIV, affected by HIV (such as born to an HIV+ mother or living in an household with an HIV+ person), or at-risk for HIV. Prior to working at NIMH, Dr. Allison worked with children and families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS for 5 years in Baltimore, Miami and Washington, DC. She completed her doctorate at the George Washington University where she received her PhD in Clinical Child Psychology with an emphasis in child health psychology.

Yvette Calderon, MD
Emergency Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center
Assistant Dean for Office of Diversity Enhancement, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Areas of expertise: Emergency medicine

Workshops: HIV testing in the community

Bio: Dr. Calderon received a college degree from Brown University in 1985 and a medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1990. She completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at Jacobi Medical Center, and in her final year of training was selected as Chief Resident. Immediately following the completion of her residency in 1994, the chairman and residency director recruited her to become a full-time Emergency Medicine (EM) faculty member at Jacobi Medical Center (JMC), an inner-city public hospital where she has practiced for the past fourteen years. Since joining the faculty at Jacobi, she has been involved primarily in patient care and teaching medical students and residents. She was awarded Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Davidoff Society Award for Excellence in medical student teaching and was promoted to Associate Professor in Clinical Emergency Medicine based on her work as a teacher, mentor and clinician. In addition, her work within Albert Einstein and within the Bronx community, earned her the "Outstanding Latinas in our Hispanic Community" award from the Daily News and the "Excellence in Community Service" Award from the office of the Bronx Borough President in 2004. In 2008 the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine awarded her the "Outstanding Academician Award" for all her clinical research achievements.

Ralph J. DiClemente, PhD
Candler Professor
Associate Director, Prevention Science, Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) for Behavioral Science
Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Immunology

Workshops: Implementing productive projects

Bio: Ralph J. DiClemente, Ph.D. is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health and Associate Director, for Prevention Science, Emory Center for AIDS Research. He holds concurrent appointments as Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, in the Division of Infectious Diseases and in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, and Immunology.
Dr. DiClemente is an internationally recognized expert on the development and evaluation of prevention programs tailored to African American adolescents and young adults. He is particularly well versed in designing programs that use peer-based models of implementation and that are culturally and developmentally appropriate. He has published extensively in the area of HIV/STD prevention, particularly among African- American adolescents and young adults. He has published extensively in the area of partner violence. He is the author of more than 120 publications including the recent books: the Handbook of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Handbook of Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors, which received an award from the British Medical Association; Handbook of HIV Prevention; Adolescents and AIDS: A Generation in Jeopardy; Preventing HIV Infection in Developing Countries: Biomedical and Behavioral Interventions. Three other books in press, including; Adolescent Sexual Risk Behavior, Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health: Social, Psychological and Public Health Perspectives; and, a second edition of the Handbook of Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors.

Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, FAAN, RN
van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and Director of the Center for Health Disparities Research

Workshops: Strategic planning for research careers

Bio: Dr. Jemmott is one of the nation's foremost researchers in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention among African American adolescents, having been involved with $74 million in federal funding devoted to this issue during the course of her career. Several of her curricula have been designated for national use by the Centers for Disease Control. Her reputation has achieved international proportions, having recently been invited to South Africa to help impact HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Currently, Dr. Jemmott is Principal Investigator on two new NIMH-funded 5-year randomized controlled studies entitled, "The Church-Based Parent-Child HIV Prevention Project" and "Reducing HIV Sexual Risk Among Black Substance Abusing Women". She is also a Co-Investigator on seven other randomized controlled trials, including a NIMH funded HIV risk reduction study for South African youth.

Rebecca Jordan-Young, PhD
Assistant Professor of Women's Studies (Barnard)

Workshops: Hands-on workshop in Atlas.ti

Bio: Professor Jordan-Young is a sociomedical scientist whose research includes social epidemiology studies of HIV/AIDS, and evaluation of biological work on sex, gender and sexuality. Prior to joining the faculty at Barnard College, she was a Principal Investigator and Deputy Director of the Social Theory Core at the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research of the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., and has been a Health Disparities Scholar sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. She teaches courses in science and technology studies, sexuality, gender theory, and HIV/AIDS. In the spring of 2008, Professor Young was a Visiting Scholar at the Cognitive Neuroscience Sector, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy, and a featured speaker in the FEST Trieste International Science Media Fair. She has published numerous articles on Science and Sex/Gender/Sexuality and HIV/AIDS. Her recently launched book, Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences, is a comprehensive critical analysis of research purporting to demonstrate that hormone exposures in utero "hardwire" the brain to be either masculine or feminine in sexuality, skills, and interests.

Robert Kaplan, PhD
Scientific Writing/Editing Consultant

Workshops: Assist Dr. Krauss in conducting grant writing workshops and in conducting workshops on other forms of writing and research used in public health. Dr. Kaplan will work closely with fellows on manuscript, poster and application preparation, and will provide guidance on the summarization of qualitative data.

Bio: Robert Kaplan is a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University as well as a freelance scientific grant writer and editor. He is the former Director of Writing and Communications at the Hunter College Center for Community and Urban Health, responsible for reviewing and editing all grants, articles, project reports, concept papers, presentations, curricula, and other written documents. Prior to joining the Center, he worked in the Hunter College Program in Urban Public Health, helping faculty to develop writing-based public health curricula, and assisting undergraduate and graduate students to develop the critical writing, reading, and thinking skills needed by public health professionals.

Shawn McGinniss, BA
Former Research & Website/Blackboard Coordinator, Office for Research and Faculty Development, Hunter College
Blackboard & Distance Learning Support Specialist, Instructional Technology Support Services, John Jay College
Freelance Photographer & Digital Media Consultant

Areas of expertise: Website development and online content management, Blackboard and WordPress CMS, graphics & research poster design, visualizing data, data management and cleaning, utilizing technology and online applications in research settings.

Workshops: Tips for Creating Slides and Poster Presentations

Bio: Shawn McGinniss obtained his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in Psychology and a certificate in Photography from Pforzheimer Honors College, Pace University, New York campus. After college, Shawn worked as a research and website coordinator for the Hunter College Center for Community and Urban Health and the Office for Faculty and Research Development (formerly the Office of Research and Grant Support). He began photographing events in earnest in the summer of 2006 with the launch of Shawn Mac Photography, occasionally taking on freelance projects in web design.
Mr. McGinniss currently works for an instructional technology support office at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he provides training and distance learning support and is part of an exploratory team to facilitate the development of digital course content at the college. His professional interests lie in instructional technology, digital imaging, photography and photo retouching, web design & digital media development, and exploring new advances in technology and online applications for their use in academic and social research settings.

Mary McKay, PhD, LCSW
Professor, Dept. of Medicine and Community Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

Workshops: Family models of intervention and community collaborations. In addition, Dr. McKay will provide ad hoc mentoring.

Bio: Mary McKay is a Professor of Psychiatry and Community Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and has held professorships at Columbia University and University of Illinois at Chicago. One of her most successful research projects is the CHAMP (Collaborative HIV Prevention and Adolescent Mental Health Project) Family Program, a collaborative effort between university and community members to provide HIV prevention and mental health promotion services in urban, low income communities; CHAMP began in Chicago and is now being replicated in New York City, South Africa, and Trinidad. Dr. McKay also has conducted extensive research around practices to improve engagement with mental health services in urban areas. She has worked closely with NYS Office of Mental Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and NIMH to create evidence-based engagement interventions and to test models of dissemination and training for mental health professionals in engagement best practices.

Thomas Mehnert, MBA
Fiscal/Budgeting Consultant

Workshops: Budget development, financial tracking, variance reporting and program planning within a complex regulatory environment; assist Dr. Krauss in conducting grant writing workshops. In addition, Mr. Mehnert will provide ad hoc consultation on budget preparation.

Bio: Thomas Mehnert is the former Chief Financial Officer of the Hunter College Center for Community and Urban Health and is currently the Owner and Principal Consultant at Mehnert & Associates, LLC ( He has thirty years of experience in operations, regulatory compliance and quality improvement, primarily in the outpatient clinical service setting. In addition to establishing a Quality Assurance Department at a major rehabilitation center, he has developed two successful outpatient clinics for two different organizations that focus on individuals with special needs. Mr. Mehnert was the Assistant Project Director for the International Center for the Disabled’s (ICD) landmark survey Bringing Disabled Americans into the Mainstream, the first national survey to ask individuals with disabilities about societal access and barriers, the results of which were cited by the U.S. Congress as the statistical justification for the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990).

Claude Mellins, PhD
Professor of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Workshops: Families and HIV: Research and practice

Bio: Dr. Mellins is a clinical psychologist with research and clinical expertise in psychosocial aspects of HIV disease in families and children. Over the past 15 years she has completed projects examining individual and family psychosocial factors mediating medical adherence in HIV infected women and children; sexual and drug use risk behavior in uninfected youth with HIV infected mothers; and psychiatric and psychological functioning in HIV-infected mothers and children. She is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIMH-funded R01 grant: MH069133 Mental Health and Risk Behavior in HIV+ Youth and Seroreverter, one of the few studies examining psychiatric disorders and sexual and drug risk behavior in perinatally HIV-infected adolescents. Dr. Mellins is also an investigator and member of the neurodevelopment subcommittee of the Women and Infants Transmission Study (NIDA; U01 DA15053), a multisite study of HIV-infected pregnant women and their children. Most recently, Dr. Mellins has worked closely with providers and intervention researchers to develop and pilot a family based prevention intervention for perinatally HIV-infected adolescents and their caregivers (CHAMP+: Supporting HIV+ youth and their families; PI Mary McKay, Co-PIs Claude Mellins and Elaine Abrams). Dr. Mellins is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Special Needs Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), a mental health clinic for HIV-affected women, children, and families that has provided care to over 1400 patients since 1992.

Loren Naidoo, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology, Baruch College

Areas of expertise: Statistical methods for nested and longitudinal research designs, psychometrics, guidance on data analysis and analytic sections of applications and publications.

Workshops: Statistical methods for nested research designs.

Bio: Loren Naidoo is an associate professor of psychology at Baruch College in the City University of New York. His research focuses on leadership, motivational processes, quantitative methods, and applied psychometrics. Publications of his research have appeared in journals such as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and Leadership Quarterly. He received his PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from University of Akron.

Charles Scherbaum, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology, Baruch College

Areas of expertise: Statistical methods for nested and longitudinal research designs, psychometrics, guidance on data analysis and analytic sections of applications and publications.

Workshops: Statistical methods for nested research designs.

Bio: Charles A. Scherbaum is an associate professor of psychology at Baruch College in the City University of New York. His research focuses on personnel selection, cognitive ability testing, attitudes toward stigmatized employees, quantitative methods, and applied psychometrics. Publications of his research have appeared in journals such as Personnel Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Educational and Psychological Measurement, and Leadership Quarterly. He received his PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from Ohio University.

David M. Stoff, PhD
Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Workshops: NIMH-supported programs and early-career opportunities to diversify the mental health/HIV workforce.

Bio: David M. Stoff, PhD, is Chief of the Perpetrators of Violence Research Program, Violence and Traumatic Stress Branch, Division of Epidemiology and Services Research, at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). After receiving his doctorate in psychology from Yeshiva University in 1972, Dr. Stoff became a Special Research Fellow of the NIMH, which allowed him to complete his postdoctoral training in psychopharmacology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He later became an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Chicago and an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He was awarded a research grant and a Research Scientist Development Award from the NIMH to study the role of serotonin in childhood aggression and conduct disorder.

Gustavo Suárez, BA
Director of Communications, Guttmacher Institute

Bio: Gustavo Suárez joined the Guttmacher Institute in April 2007. He is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic communications plan that advances the goals of the Institute and maximizes the policy impact of Guttmacher's research findings and policy analyses. Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Suárez was the managing director of media relations at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where he oversaw the organization's national media activities and provided media support to Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide. Before joining PPFA, he was the director of communications at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation from 1999-2002. In that role, Gustavo oversaw all aspects of the foundation's public affairs activities, including developing and implementing media and marketing strategies. Prior to entering the nonprofit world, Gustavo was a Foreign Service officer and served in press offices in U.S. embassies in Rome, New Delhi and Tel Aviv, as well as in the United States. Gustavo holds a B.A. in history from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Rebecca Wind, MS
Senior Communications Associate, Guttmacher Institute

Bio: Rebecca Wind joined the Guttmacher Institute in April 2001. She is the primary media contact for the Institute, and her responsibilities include managing the Institute's domestic strategic communications activities, public education resource development and oversight of the Institute's marketing and outreach efforts. She works closely with colleague organizations and communications coalitions on a wide range of reproductive health topics. Ms. Wind came to the Institute from Hill and Knowlton, Inc., where she worked on a variety of corporate and marketing communications media relations campaigns. Ms. Wind received her B.A. in international relations and Judaic studies from the University of Delaware, her M.A. in public policy and administration from Columbia University, where she concentrated in gender policy, and her M.S. in social work from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Mae L. Wien prize for an outstanding student with a focus on reproductive health.

Gina M. Wingood, MPH, ScD
Professor (Emory)
Agnes Moore Faculty Endowment in HIV/AIDS Research

Workshops: Implementing productive projects

Bio: Dr. Wingood is a Professor at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health as well as Agnes Moore Faculty, Endowment in HIV/AIDS Research. She is the Principal Investigator in multiple research projects including An HIV Prevention Program for African-American Women, An HIV Prevention Program for Serodiscordant Couples, and The Social Health of African-American and White Women.
As an African American woman with extensive experience in designing and conducting HIV/STD prevention programs with African American populations at high-risk of HIV infection, Dr. Wingood has also examined the impact of abuse and media on women's sexual health. She has published numerous articles on the importance of utilizing gender-specific theories in HIV research tailored to women, and designing, implementing and evaluating culturally sensitive HIV sexual risk-reduction interventions for African American women. She has also published a book entitled, Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health.

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