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Kailip Boonrai

Data Specialist

212.396.6682
kb273@hunter.cuny.edu

B.S., Psychology, Fordham University

Before coming onboard, Kailip previously worked with Dr. David Marcotte, S.J. at Fordham University on research looking at how spirituality could benefit people dealing with substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. Kailip has also worked with Dr. Daniela Jopp in the Developmental Psychology program at Fordham on her research on the importance of perceived social support and proper coping mechanisms for incoming college students. At HART, Kailip works on the technological and data management necessities that help maintain the infrastructure of HART's research.

Kailip's main interests include cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. However, he is also interested in how substance use and disease can affect the brain across the lifespan. Kailip plans to pursue a Master's in Statistics.


Atrina Brill

Research Coordinator

212.396.6084
atrina.brill@hunter.cuny.edu

B.A., Psychology with Honors and Highest Distinction, University of California, Berkeley. M.S.W., Columbia University School of Social Work.

Atrina Brill 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.


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Kristi E. Gamarel

Data Analyst

kgamarel@hunter.cuny.edu

Ph.D., Basic & Applied Social Psychology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Ed.M., Psychological Counseling, Teachers College of Columbia University
B.A., Psychology, Bard College

Kristi is a Data Analyst at the Hunter HIV/AIDS Research Team and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University (T32MH078788, PI: Brown). She has over 10 years of work experience in HIV prevention. Her research focuses on health inequities and health promotion among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities and those disproportionately affected by HIV, with a particular focus on interpersonal relationships.
 

Selected Papers:

Gamarel, K.E. & Golub, S.A. (2014). Intimacy motivations and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) adoption intentions among HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM) in romantic relationships. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. PMID: 25124457

Gamarel, K.E., Neilands, T.B., Golub, S.A., & Johnson, M.O. (2014). An omitted level: An examination of relational orientations and viral suppression among HIV serodiscordant male couples. JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 66(2), 193-196. PMID: 24662295

Gamarel, K.E., Reisner, S.L., Parsons, J.T., & Golub, S.A. (2012). Perceived discrimination due to socioeconomic position is associated with psychological distress among a community-based sample of urban gay and bisexual men in New York City: Implications for mental health. American Journal of Public Health, 102(11), 2094-2101.


Augustus Klein

Research Associate 

Doctoral Candidate, Social Welfare, CUNY Graduate Center
M.S.W., Hunter College
B.A., Psychology, Antioch College

Gus is a doctoral student in Social Welfare at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. He has been 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. In addition to his graduate work, Gus is a research associate at the Hunter HIV/AIDS Research Team (HART) and an adjunct lecturer at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

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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Corina Lelutiu-Weinberger

Research Scientist

212.396.6756
clelutiu@hunter.cuny.edu

Ph.D., Social/Personality Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center
M.A., Psychology, Hunter College
B.A., Psychology, Hunter College

In her training and career path, Corina adopted a multi-disciplinary approach by combining the fields of social and developmental psychology and has  applied them to public health and community-based prevention of adverse social and health-related outcomes. Her current research aims to investigate social determinants of disease and develop new HIV prevention strategies for and in collaboration with marginalized individuals and communities that support them. Corina is primarily interested in developing interventions for youth of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations, in order to prevent negative social, developmental, and health outcomes. Her work investigates the ways in which minority status-related stigma and poor mental health can be addressed to minimize their impact on youth development, while building strengths-based prevention to acknowledge each individual's potential resilience and empowerment.

Corina oversees two applied research projects on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis currently conducted here at HART, in collaboration with its founder, Dr. Sarit Golub (R01MH095565; R01AA022067; S.A. Golub, PI). She is also concluding MiCHAT (R03DA031607; C. Lelutiu-Weinberger, PI), a pilot HIV prevention intervention run in collaboration with the Center for HIV Educational Studies & Training (CHEST), which addresses HIV risk behavior in young men who have sex with men and use social networking websites such as Facebook. This feasibility and acceptability study intends to evaluate how well discussions of maintaining a healthy sex life may work online while chatting with trained counselors to consider options to reduce sexual risk and drug use.


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Inna Saboshchuk

Research Associate
Doctoral Student, Basic and Applied Social Psychology

212.396.6759
isaboshc@hunter.cuny.edu

B.A., Honors in Psychology, Hunter College

Inna is currently 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. She is currently a graduate research associate at the Hunter AIDS Research Team (HART). Her research interests surround the interaction between social identity and sexual health. More specifically, she would like to employ mixed methodology in order to explore how societal factors influence our sexual identities and how these identities relate to the decisions we make about our sexual behavior.

Presentations:

Saboshchuk, I., Wells, B.E., Grov, C. & Parsons, J.T. (2011, March). The Factors that Lead to the Development of Sexual Compulsivity in Men who have Sex with Men. Poster session presented at the Eastern Regional Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Philadelphia, PA.


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Anthony Surace

Project Coordinator

212.396.6683
asurace@hunter.cuny.edu

B.A., Psychology, Hunter College

Anthony has been actively involved in psychological research since he was an undergraduate at Hunter College. Throughout this time, he has had the opportunity to work and collaborate with researchers on a myriad of research studies in the field. The focus of these projects include examining the association of executive function with methamphetamine use and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) among HIV-positive individuals and studying the effect of neurocognitive factors on the association between substance use and high-risk sexual behavior.

Anthony's current role involves ensuring the effective implementation of study protocols and data collection for the research studies conducted by HART. One of these studies includes PrEPARE NYC, which is designed to examine different ways of presenting HIV prevention information to populations most affected by HIV in order to determine the most effective methods of disseminating this information.

Anthony's research interests include the cognitive neuropsychological and cognitive factors underlying substance abuse. Anthony plans to continue rarefying his research skills with the hope of pursuing a Doctorate in Psychology.


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Louisa I. Thompson

Neuropsychology Coordinator

lthompson@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology
M.Phil., Clinical Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center
B.A., Honors in Neuroscience, Psychology, Oberlin College

Louisa is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology (neuropsychology emphasis) subprogram at CUNY Queens College and the Graduate Center. She is currently a graduate research associate at the Hunter AIDS Research Team (HART). Her research interests include the cognitive processes (e.g., decision-making) involved in substance use and other health risk behaviors (e.g., sexual risk taking), as well as the emotional (e.g. anxiety) and social/cultural (e.g., stigma) factors that modulate of these behaviors. Her dissertation research uses neuropsychological and psychophysiological assessment tools to explore the impact of anxiety and depression on affective decision-making ability. Stemming from her background in neuroendocrinology research, she also has an interest in how stress and sex hormones impact cognitive functioning and contribute to disease processes, including neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

Louisa is also a pre-doctoral neuropsychology extern training in inpatient rehabilitation and psychiatry assessment at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Recent presentations and publications:

Thompson, L., Wells, B., Parsons, J., Golub, S. Profiles of executive function in the prediction of
alcohol use among emerging adults in NYC. Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, Colorado, February, 2015.

Golub, S.A., Thompson, L., Kowalczyk, W. (in press). Affective differences in Iowa Gambling Task performance associated with sexual risk taking and substance use among men who have sex with men. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 2015.

Waters, E., Thompson, L., Patel, P., . . .et al., (2015). G protein-coupled estrogen receptor 1(GPER1) is anatomically positioned to modulate synaptic plasticity in the mouse hippocampus. Journal of Neuroscience, 35 (6); 2384-2397.

Link to research gate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Louisa_Thompson2