CHER Lecture Series 2017-2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018
2:00-3:00 p.m.
121 South Main Street, Room 245

Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, PhD, MPH, CHES
Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

Title TBD

Dr. Amutah-Onukagha's current research interests include health disparities, reproductive health, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS in ethnic minority populations. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and has worked as a researcher in community-based research settings in a variety of areas, including maternal and child health, health disparities, and HIV/AIDS.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
3:00-4:00 p.m.
121 South Main Street, Room 245

Advancing HIV Prevention Among Men who Have Sex With Men in India: Cultural Approaches, Contextual Challenges and New Strategies

Beena Thomas, PhD
Deputy Director (Social Scientist) & Head for the Department of Social and Behavioral Research, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Indian Council of Medical Research

Dr. Thomas heads the Department of Social and Behavioral Research at the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) in Chennai, India. In addition to working on many behavioral studies on tuberculosis, she has collaborated with colleagues at Brown University and Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital on epidemiological and intervention development/testing studies related to HIV prevention and mental health.

Dr. Thomas was the India PI of three joint Indo-U.S. ICMR/ NIH R21s. The first was to develop a psychosocial intervention to address and reduce HIV risk in Indian men who have sex with men (MSM) in Chennai (US PI: Dr. Steve Safren). The second was a study examining a community-based approach for designing an HIV/AIDS program for HIV-positive mothers in India (US PI: Dr. Adeline Nyamathi). And lastly, the third study was to fully develop and test a culturally relevant, theory-based HIV risk reduction intervention using mobile phone technology for male sex workers in Chennai (US PI: Dr. Matthew Mimiaga). In addition, Dr. Thomas is the India site PI of an NIMH R01, testing the efficacy of a behavioral intervention to foster resilience to psychosocial and HIV risk among Indian MSM in Chennai and Mumbai (US MPIs: Drs. Steven Safren and Matthew Mimiaga).

Dr. Thomas's talk will emphasize cultural approaches, contextual challenges and new strategies for engaging sexual and gender minority individuals in HIV prevention research in India. 

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