My research focuses on stigma and health among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and other socially marginalized groups. A key component of this work is identifying and addressing barriers to HIV prevention, including inequities in access to newer biomedical prevention resources (e.g., pre-exposure prophylaxis; PrEP).
Key achievements during the April-December 2021 reporting period related to RESEARCH AWARDS include: (1) receiving the Excellence in Abstract Submission among All Presenters Award in the HIV/AIDS Section of the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo for my first-authored research (Oct 2021), (2) being selected as an Early-Stage Investigator Representative of the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR) for the 25th Annual Centers for AIDS Research National Meeting (Aug 2021), (3) having my research featured in the DC CFAR weekly update e-newsletter (Nov 2021), and (4) having the Fulbright Scholar Award application that I submitted in September of 2021 recommended for advancement based on the initial peer review process (Dec 2021; final decision pending).
Key achievements related to research GRANT PROPOSALS include (1) submitting an NIH/DC CFAR administrative supplement proposal as Co-PI ($224,000, not funded; Apr 2021); (2) submitting a GWU University Facilitating Fund application as PI ($20,000, under review; Nov 2021); and (3) serving as a Co-I on an NIH UG3 grant ($10,828,000, under review; Aug 2021). I also supported an NIH K01 application as a member of the mentorship team (not funded; Sep 2021), an NIH R01 application as an advisory committee member (under review; Nov 2021), and an NIH T32 application as affiliated faculty (under review; Sep 2021).
Key achievements related to RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS include: (1) authoring 6 published/accepted/in-press peer-reviewed articles, of which 2 were first-authored; and (2) authoring 7 conference presentations, of which 3 were first-authored. I consistently published my work in high-quality journals (e.g., AIDS and Behavior).
Key achievements related to RESEARCH MENTORSHIP include: (1) supporting students/mentees in publishing their work, including 3 student first-authored published/accepted/in press articles and 3 student first-authored research manuscripts currently under review; and (2) supporting students in presenting their work, including 3 student first-authored conference presentations. Of note, one of the articles first-authored by students was written as part of an applied graduate research methods seminar that I developed and taught.
During this reporting period, I taught 4 sections of General Psychology (PSYC 1001), 2 of which were taught virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Student evaluations highlighted course clarity and organization as strengths, and students expressed appreciation for the abundance of resources I provided to help them succeed in the course. For the courses taught virtually, students responded favorably to the flipped class structure that I implemented and to the COVID-related accommodations that I made (e.g., holding a night class session to accommodate students in different time zones). I successfully mentored 5 GWU doctoral students (4 as primary advisor) and 2 undergraduate students, all of whom are members of my research team at GWU.
Key program/university service contributions during this reporting period include: (1) coordinating the Clinical Psychology Colloquium Series, a program-specific weekly speaker series hosting approximately 20-25 external and internal faculty and student speakers per year; (2) co-chairing the Psychology Department Colloquium Committee; (3) participating in the Pod Advisory Committee, a university-level faculty committee created to provide feedback on the new pod system for sponsored research; (4) supervising the Psychology Graduate Association; (5) participating in the Collaborative of Department Equity (CODE) Faculty Response Committee; and (6) serving on the Faculty Search Committee for a new tenure-track clinical psychology faculty member. Additionally, I served on 5 dissertation committees outside of the 3 that I am chairing for my primary advisees (i.e., 8 total), among other program-related responsibilities.
Key service contributions outside the university include: (1) serving as a conference abstract reviewer for the 16th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, (2) serving as a grant reviewer for the NIH-funded Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TC CFAR) and DC Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR), and (3) serving on a journal editorial board and peer-reviewing 7 manuscripts.