Administrative director of research

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M.S.W., Silberman School of Social Work

Michael has over twenty years of experience working in academic and research settings, as well as healthcare and social service. He has been both an administrator and direct service provider, primarily focused on HIV/AIDS intervention and service development. His experience includes over ten years supporting research programs at CUNY, managing award activities for city, state, and federal grants, as well as industry contracts. As a trained Social Worker, Michael has a deep commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and institutional transformation, as well as education and training of the next generation of researchers. 

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Ashanay allen

research intern

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Undergraduate Student, Macaulay Honors College, Hunter

Ashanay is an undergraduate student studying Psychology on a Pre-Medicine track at Hunter College.  She is also a doula at both Planned Parenthood and Bellevue hospital and a Student Research Associate at Mount Sinai hospital. Her research interests include bias and stigma against women of color in health care, HIV/AIDS stigma and LGBTQ health. As an undergraduate research student, she is currently working on Project Improve focused on addressing health disparities within the LGBTQ community. 


Gina Bonilla

Study Coordinator

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B.A., cum laude, Emerson College

Gina is the Study Coordinator for Project Improve, focusing her work on collaborating with the Department of Health on study activities. Prior to joining HART, Gina ran the USDA National Hunger Hotline at Hunger Free America and was Manger of Operations at the Early Learning Collaborative in Brooklyn, NY.  Gina has extensive community-based research experience and has worked with both the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance program and NIH-funded harm reduction research projects.


Atrina Brill

Research Coordinator

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B.A., Psychology with Honors/Highest Distinction, University of California, Berkeley

 M.S.W., Columbia University School of Social Work

Atrina is a Research Coordinator for HART, primarily working on READY and lab-wide administrative responsibilities. Before coming to HART, Atrina worked with Dr. Elwin Wu studying the development of a couples-based HIV prevention intervention aimed at helping male-male couples work together to promote healthy relationships, strong communication skills, and healthy lifestyles. As a sex-positive researcher, her primary areas of research interests are around ethically non-monogamous individuals and relationships, atypical gender experiences, and varying modes of sexual expression.


Chibuzo Enemchukwu

Clinical and Translational Research Fellow

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M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.S., Psychology, Duke University

Chibuzo is an Infectious Disease physician, and current research fellow in The Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Chibuzo completed her Internal Medicine residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center. Chibuzo’s clinical and research interests focus on using patient-centered approaches within implementation science to address health disparities in HIV prevention and treatment outcomes.


Rachel Fikslin

Doctoral Student, Basic and Applied Social Psychology

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B.A., Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, The College of New Jersey

Rachel is a doctoral student in Basic and Applied Social Psychology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She examines individual and social factors that influence sexual and reproductive health and well-being, with a focus on stigmatized identities and conditions.  Generally, her research interests include sexual decision-making, feminist identity, LGBTQ health, menstrual stigma, and body image. 

Rachel is currently a team leader for three projects addressing the following research questions: 1) How does feminist identity influence women’s academic achievement and leadership? 2) What are the pathways through which people in ethically non-monogamous and monogamous relationships engage in different sexual health practices? and 3) How do experiences of menstrual stigma influence women’s cognitive functioning and affect?


Augustus Klein

Postdoctoral fellow

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Ph.D. The Graduate Center, CUNY
M.S.W., Hunter College, Silberman School of Social Work
B.A., Psychology, Antioch College

Gus is a postdoctoral fellow at HART. Gus oversees HART's Transgender Health Research Initiative. Prior to receiving his PhD he was a social worker for 20 years working with diverse communities in a variety of settings, including young injection drug users, LGBT youth and young adults, and individuals living with mental health and substance use issues. 

The overarching goal of Gus' work is to conduct community-based participatory research that seeks to address the negative-health outcomes associated with stigma and discrimination at the individual, community, and structural levels. More specifically, Gus' research seeks to address the following questions: 1) How does transgender-related stigma and discrimination impact the social, emotional, and physical well-being of transgender individuals; 2) What potential protective factors may mitigate the negative health impact of transgender-related discrimination; 3) What are the facilitators and barriers to providing transgender specific/sensitive care, and 4) How can we design public health interventions to promote positive health outcomes that are tailored to meet the unique needs of the transgender community.


Stephanie peña

Study Coordinator

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B.A., International Studies and Spanish, State University of New York at Buffalo
M.S.W., Community Organizing, Planning and Development, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Stephanie manages the day-to-day operations of PrEP demonstration-implementation research occurring onsite at HART's collaborator, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. Stephanie has over 13 years’ experience working in the field of sexual and reproductive health with a focus on HIV prevention and treatment. Prior to coming on board with HART, she was the Director of Community Outreach and Engagement for an international NGO. Stephanie’s primary research focus is health disparities amongst LGBTQ communities of color. She is also interested in the continuing development of ways to bridge the chasm between research and practice.


Inna Saboshchuk

Doctoral Student, Basic and Applied Social Psychology

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B.A., Honors in Psychology, Hunter College

Inna is a doctoral student in the Basic and Applied Social Psychology subprogram at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. While Inna was an undergraduate at Hunter College, she used qualitative methods to propose an integrated framework of Tajfel's Social Identity Theory and the Loneliness and Sexual Risk Model for the factors that lead to the development of sexual compulsivity. Her current research interests surround the interaction between social identity and sexual health, exploring how societal factors influence our sexual identities and how these identities relate to the decisions we make about our sexual behavior.


Charles Solidum

Research Associate

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B.A. Honors in Sociology, City College of New York

Charlie is a Research Associate at HART, joining the team with over 12 years of direct service experience in HIV/AIDS and LGBT health. As a lifelong activist and grassroots organizer, Charlie is deeply invested in utilizing participatory research methods to empower vulnerable communities. Before coming on board at HART, he served as the Linkage Coordinator for Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, navigating newly-diagnosed HIV-positive youth into primary care. A firm believer in interventions that come directly from the communities they serve, Charlie co-founded The Tool Shed, NYC's first and only in-person support group for transmasculine-spectrum individuals dedicated specifically to discussing issues related to phalloplasty, metoidioplasty, and related surgical procedures.