Center for Behavioral, Social, and Psychiatric Epidemiology (CBSPE)


Cynthia Battle

Katie Biello
My research interests are in identifying and understanding the underlying risk factors for social inequities in HIV/STIs and developing behavioral interventions to reduce risk among racial, sexual and gender minorities and those in resource limited settings, both domestically and globally. Specifically, my primary areas are: 1) using novel and complex methods to better understand social and structural factors that cause inequities in HIV/STI risk among racial and sexual minority groups; 2) developing and testing HIV primary and secondary prevention interventions, including HIV testing, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV in uninfected individuals) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence intervention trials, and 3) global HIV research in settings with limited resources and among marginalized and stigmatized populations at elevated HIV risk, including gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and male sex workers.

Tina Boisseau Steve Buka
Michael Carey

Colleen Caron
Applying a public health ecological model framework in studying patterns and socio-ecological determinants of child and family health with a focus on child and family outcomes within the child welfare, behavioral health and juvenile justice system. Exploring both short and long term outcomes to inform child welfare and juvenile justice practice, programs and policy.


Alison Field Kristi Gamarel
Traci Green Abigail Harrison
Joe Hogan Chanelle Howe
Elissa Jelalian Christopher Kahler
Akilah Keita Caroline Kuo
Barry Lester Eric Loucks
Paul Malloy Brandon Marshall*
Roland Merchant

Matthew Mimiaga

Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Director for the Center for Health Equity Research
Developing and testing 1) interventions to mitigate HIV risk with antiretrovirals; 2) integrated psychosocial treatments (e.g., behavioral activation) and HIV risk reduction in the context of substance use and addiction; and 3) interventions to modify behaviors that heighten an individual's vulnerability to becoming infected, or infecting others, with HIV -- both domestically and in resource-limited settings across the globe. 



Amy Nunn Deborah Pearlman
Steven Rasmussen Josiah Rich

Stephen Salloway, MD, MS
Professor of Neurology, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Director, Memory and Aging Program
Research focuses on the following areas: clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, and vascular dementia; studies of genetic and sporadic forms of microvascular brain disease; studies of executive function and frontal behaviors; and the development of imaging biomarkers to study conversion to dementia.

David Savitz
Roland Seifer

Stephen Sheinkopf
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior; Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Studying the early development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), including investigating potential early markers of risk for ASD and biomarkers of treatment response and individual differences in outcomes in this heterogeneous population.  Director of the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research & Treatment.  Faculty at the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk.   

Laura Stroud Audrey Tyrka
Jacob Vandenberg Greg Wellenius
Rena Wing Tyler Wray

*Indicates Director of the Center