MICHAEL R. Adams
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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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.
master's student, general psychology
B.A., Health and Societies, University of Pennsylvania
Nakeisha is a student in the Masters of General Psychology program at Hunter College. She is also a research associate at the Guttmacher Institute, where she works on family planning and abortion studies. Her current research interests are centered on the proximal influences on sexual and reproductive health, in particular pregnancy attitudes, and the impact of intimate relationships on individual behavior.
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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.
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.
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 two projects addressing the following research questions: 1) How does feminist identity influence women’s academic achievement and leadership? and 2) How do the intersectional identities of women who have sex with women impact their health care needs and experiences?
Doctoral Student, Basic and Applied Social Psychology
B.A., High Honors in Psychology, Wesleyan University
Alison is a doctoral student in Basic and Applied Psychology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Prior to joining HART, Alison worked for the Population Council, a nonprofit organization that conducts social science research related to sexual and reproductive health. She also worked for the Center for Health Equity within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Alison's current research interests include women's perceptions of sexual agency, and the ways in which sex education can mitigate gender- and sexuality-based stigma.
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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.
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Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Connecticut
B.S., Psychology, University of Florida
Devon is a postdoctoral fellow at HART. Devon oversees HART's project FastTrack, an in-the-field antiretroviral/PrEP delivery initiative. Devon has worked in LGBTQ advocacy work for 8 years and brings her experience with community-informed programming and project implementation into a research setting. She is very passionate about conducting empirical research in collaboration with the communities she works with. Her overarching research goal is to utilize community-participatory research principles and methods to expand the field of social psychology and public health. Specifically, her work aims to answer the questions 1) what psychosocial barriers prevent individuals from getting tested for HIV and how can we help alleviate these barriers, 2) how do experiences of living with a stigmatized identity interact with physical health outcomes, 3) how can biomedical HIV interventions be improved by understanding the psychological deterrents that accompany these resources?
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B.A., Honors in Psychology, Hunter College
B.A., Hampshire College
Elliot recently completed a second bachelor’s degree at Hunter College, majoring in psychology and receiving honors. His background includes a dedication to volunteer-based service work, a diverse range of clinical and laboratory experiences, a professional career in the coffee roasting industry and a life-long pursuit of music. Maintaining a clinically driven focus in his academic interests, he is drawn to research that is intentionally designed to make effective improvements in therapeutic interventions and/or policy decisions.
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B.A., High Honors in Psychology, Hunter College
Chris is a recent graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Prior to working at HART, Chris conducted extensive research on the psychophysiological antecedents and consequences of cue-induced drug craving, particularly as they relate to alterations in key autonomic cardiovascular indices and changes in drinking decision-making. Chris currently aspires to complete a PhD in clinical psychology with a special focus on socially-conscious, policy-oriented research.
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Ph.D., Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
M.P.H., Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Hunter College
B.A., Honors in Psychology, Hunter College
Inna recently received her Ph.D. in 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.
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M.P.H., Epidemiology and Biostatistics, CUNY School of Public Health
B.A., Psychology, Brandeis University
Lila Starbuck has worked in the field of public health for ten years, with a focus on sexual health research and programming. She joined HART in 2018 to focus on data analysis and data management across various projects. Prior to HART, she worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS) and in adolescent school-based reproductive health program evaluation. She has also worked for Planned Parenthood of New York City, as well as as a sexuality educator, program organizer, and research support staff, in a variety of contexts.