Bios – Strategy Meeting on Trauma-Informed Primary Care

August 22-23, 2013

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Frances Ashe-Goins, RN, MPH, health administrator, educator, and registered nurse, received her MPH in Health Education from the University of South Carolina in 1980. She is currently the Associate Director for Partnerships and programs at the HHS Office on Women’s Health. She was appointed as a HHS representative for the White House Working group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls and Gender-Related Health Disparities. Formerly as the Deputy Director she was responsible for the development, initiation and implementation of OWH programs and policies in partnership with other federal agencies, national and local health organizations and leaders committed to advance women’s health with specific concentration on lupus, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, diabetes, organ/tissue donation, kidney disease, health promotion and disease prevention for women and girls. She initiated the formation of key national advisory panels for women’s health, the Collaborative Workgroup for Women and HIV/AIDS, the Lupus Program Workgroup, National Nurses and Social Work working groups on Violence against Women (VAW). She has spearheaded the creation of many innovative initiatives to address women’s health issues including the Minority Women’s Health Summits, National and State Summits on Young Women’s Health the National Capitol Hill Town Hall Meeting on Lupus and the first National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event in HHS Great Hall. She led the HHS National Lupus Awareness Campaign, which was developed in collaboration with the Advertising Council and MUSE advertising company. This campaign was so successful that it generated more than $80 million in donated media advertising. She is the author for a chapter on Intimate Partner Violence in the 5th Edition of Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care.

Elizabeth (Liz) Brosnan has dedicated her life to upholding the basic human rights and human dignity of those unable to fight for themselves, focusing on building women’s collective power to ignite change. She is a change agent and builder of programs, diverse service teams and community collaborations dedicated to promoting health and social justice. With over fourteen years of nonprofit experience, she is skilled at program and organizational development, contract and quality management, community relations, and policy advocacy. Ms. Brosnan is passionate about finding ways to provide access to quality healthcare and other basic human services for vulnerable populations. Since 2002 Ms. Brosnan has been the Executive Director of Christie’s Place, a leading nonprofit organization that provides education, social services, and advocacy to women, children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Ms. Brosnan developed this once small grassroots organization into a nationally recognized and award-winning health and human services agency as well as dramatically increased their resources. She is most proud of her work to cultivate the empowerment and advocacy leadership of women living with HIV/AIDS. Ms. Brosnan serves as the Chair of the National Women and AIDS Collective and spent over ten years serving on the San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council and several of its subcommittees. She has received numerous accolades such as the American Red Cross Professional Level Tiffany Award; County of San Diego Aging & Independence Services Excellence in Community Service; County of San Diego Dr. A. Brad Truax Award; County of San Diego Award for Outstanding Service in HIV Planning, Advocacy and Policy Development; and the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Founder’s Award. Ms. Brosnan has a B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Women’s Studies, and an International Certificate in Women, World Politics and Global Leadership from Rutgers University; a management certification from Pepperdine University’s Graziado School of Business and Management; and most recently completed the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program.

Gina M. Brown, MD, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, joined the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) as a Medical Officer to manage Microbicides and Women’s and Girl’s research issues. Before joining the Office of AIDS Research, she served as the Chair of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC) for 2004 and has chaired the OAR Women and Girls working group. Dr. Brown also was the maternal-fetal specialist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. She was a member of the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Columbia and served as the Women’s Health Director of the Women and Children Care Center at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, a clinic that provides comprehensive care for HIV positive women and their families. At the Center, she also was a co-investigator for the Women and Infant’s Transmission Study (WITS) and the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group (PACTG). Dr. Brown is a graduate of Harvard University and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She received her Ob/Gyn training at Harlem Hospital Center and completed fellowships in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Surgical-Anesthesia Critical Care at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.

Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, is Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program. Dr. Campbell has been conducting advocacy policy work and research on violence against women since 1980, has been the Principle Investigator of 12 major research investigations, and publishing more than 225 articles and seven books. She co-chaired the Steering Committee for the World Health Organization Multi-Country Study on Violence against Women and Women’s Health and has continued to consult with WHO, the World Bank, the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center (CERC) and other entities on improving culturally relevant approaches to preventing violence and improving the health of victims globally, including addressing the intersections of HIV and gender based violence. Dr. Campbell is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science, Chair of the Board of Directors of Futures Without Violence, received the 2010 Vollmer Award from the National Institutes of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control 20 for 20 Award for Leaders in Violence Research plus is Co-Chair of the IOM Global Violence Prevention Forum.

Catherine Classen, PhD, is clinical psychologist and an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and director of the Women’s Mental Health Research Program at Women’s College Research Institute. She is the academic leader for the Trauma Therapy Program at the Women’s Mental Health Program at Women’s College Hospital. She is the immediate past chair of the Traumatic Stress Section of the Canadian Psychological Association and a past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Included in her research foci is a collaborative project to develop a tool for health providers to assess and expand their knowledge of psychological trauma and trauma-informed care, with the goal of enhancing trauma-informed care in the health care system. She has published in the areas of psychotherapy outcome, psychological trauma, and chronic illness.

Dr. Marylѐne Cloitre, PhD, is the Associate Director of Research of the National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division at the Palo Alto VA Health Care Services. She is also Research Professor of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. Her research and clinical work for the past 20 years has focused on PTSD and the long-term effects of trauma on social and emotional functioning. She has received funding from federal agencies continuously for the past 15 years on the assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults who have experienced childhood abuse and traumatic loss and has written over 120 books, chapters and articles. She has served on numerous NIMH and VA research and policy committees, is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and is past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She is a recipient of several honors related to service in New York City following 9-11 and was an advisory committee member for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. She is lead author of the book Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse: Psychotherapy for the Interrupted Life and co-author of Grief in Childhood: A Guide to Treatment in Clinical Practice.

Cailin Crockett is a Policy Specialist on violence against women and girls in the Office of the Vice President, where she has been working on the President’s strategy to address HIV/AIDS, violence against women and girls, and gender-related health disparities. She is on detail from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program in the Department of Health and Human Services, where she is a Presidential Management Fellow working to develop protocol for the screening of intimate partner violence as recommended through the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Crockett received her Master’s degree in Politics from the University of Oxford, and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from UCLA. She has worked as an advocate to women and girls and underserved communities in a variety of roles in both the domestic and global contexts, as a translator for a mobile health clinic in Honduras, as a case worker for homeless LGBT youth in West Hollywood, and as a health educator to sex workers in Salamanca, Spain.

Jeffrey S. Crowley, MPH, is a Distinguished Scholar and Program Director of the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy for President Barack Obama. As the President’s chief HIV/AIDS advisor, Mr. Crowley led the development of the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, focused on lowering the number of new HIV infections, increasing access to care, and reducing HIV-related health disparities. During his tenure at the White House, Mr. Crowley also made major contributions to the development and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, comprehensive health care reform legislation enacted in 2010. His work helped ensure access to private health insurance for people living with HIV/AIDS and other people with disabilities, as well as expanding Medicaid eligibility to millions of low-income people who are currently uninsured.

Kristin L. Dunkle, MPH, PhD, is currently Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education & Center for AIDS Research, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Dr. Dunkle is a social epidemiologist. Her work focuses on the interfaces between gender, sexuality, race, culture, economic resources, and health. She is most interested in the links between gender inequalities, gender-based violence, and sexually transmitted infections (including HIV/AIDS). She works primarily in South Africa, with additional projects in the United States and China.

Charles Engel, MD, MPH, is Associate Chair (Research), Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University, the Director of the Deployment Health Clinical Center at Walter Reed. He is a 1991 Gulf War veteran with over 30 years of service to Soldiers and an active mental health services and policy researcher, scholarly mentor, and clinician-educator at Uniformed Services University since 1996. An accomplished psychiatric epidemiologist, Dr. Engel’s research has focused on health system strategies for mitigating the chronic health effects of war, terrorist attack, and natural or man-made disasters. Dr. Engel has authored or coauthored over 100 scholarly articles including articles in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and the American Journal of Psychiatry. His work has spanned the topics of mental health in primary care, medically unexplained symptoms, post-war syndromes, Gulf War syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical trial research methods, clinical practice guideline development, clinical program implementation and evaluation, and risk communication. Dr. Engel was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in 2010, and has often served as a Department of Defense advisor on war-related mental health issues, as well as in advisory capacities for NATO, the Australian Defense Forces, Department of Veterans Affairs, Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health. For sixteen years Dr. Engel has directed the Deployment Health Clinical Center, the only U.S. Department of Defense center specifically chartered to improve the continuum of health services available to military personnel returning from war. Over the past five years Engel has led a primary care clinic implementation and real world evaluation of “RESPECT-Mil” (Re-Engineering Systems of Primary Care Treatment in the Military), a collaborative care approach to PTSD, depression, and alcohol misuse in primary care. To date RESPECT-Mil has affected the care of over 2.5 million visits to Army primary care clinics worldwide. Dr. Engel is the Initiating Principal Investigator leading an unprecedented five-year $15 million DoD-funded multisite randomized controlled effectiveness trial for of a cutting edge primary medical care approach to PTSD and depression.

Bonnie L. Green, PhD, is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development, at Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, DC. She has studied the consequences of traumatic events such as disasters and war, and the psychological and physical health consequences of individual traumas, including breast cancer, traumatic bereavement, and interpersonal violence. Her current research focus is the mental health needs of poor women with serious trauma histories who receive their health care in settings serving low-income patients, with a focus on patient-provider relationships and communication, and physical health outcomes associated with trauma exposure. Dr. Green is PI and Director of the Georgetown Center for Trauma and the Community, whose purpose is to develop innovative and sustainable interventions for trauma-related mental health needs of low-income populations seen in primary care safety net settings in the Washington, DC region, and PI of an IP-RISP with a community partner to develop community infrastructure for mental health research. She is past Editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, and past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Maxine Harris, PhD, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Community Connections, a private, not-for-profit mental health agency in Washington, DC, and the Executive Director of The National Capital Center for Trauma Recovery and Empowerment. Over the past 25+ years, Community Connections has specialized in gender-specific approaches to treating women and men, trauma survivors, homeless persons, and substance abusers and persons living with HIV. Dr. Harris, in collaboration with investigators from Dartmouth Medical School, has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous federally funded grant projects including: A Randomized Controlled Study of the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) & PTSD (funded by National Institutes of Mental Health), the DC Trauma Collaboration Study funded under the Women, Co-Occurring Disorders and Violence Study (funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), and several other federally funded grants to study homeless women, substance-addicted homeless persons, HI- infected women, and a youth violence prevention project providing trauma services for adolescent girls. Dr. Harris is the author of numerous articles and several books including, “Trauma Recovery and Empowerment: A Clinician’s Guide to Working with Women in Groups” (The Free Press, Fall 1998), co-author of “Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Woman’s Workbook” (New Harbinger Publishers, 2000), and contributing author and co-editor (with Roger D. Fallot) of Using Trauma Theory to Design Service Systems, New Directions for Mental Health Services #89 (Jossey-Bass, Spring 2001). Dr. Harris was honored for her groundbreaking contribution to the field of trauma-informed care with the first-ever Pioneer H.O.P.E. Award (July 2008) from CMHS’ National Center for Trauma-Informed Care.

Larke Nahme Huang, Ph.D., a licensed clinical-community psychologist, is a Senior Advisor in the Administrator’s Office of Policy Planning and Innovation at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  In this position she provides leadership on national policy for mental health and substance use issues for children, adolescents and families and leads the Administrator’s strategic initiative on Trauma and Justice. This initiative focuses on implementation of trauma informed approaches in behavioral health and related systems, e.g., primary health care, child welfare, criminal and juvenile justice, education, etc, and improving the care of and promoting  the diversion from the criminal justice system for people with trauma histories and behavioral health disorders. She is also the Director of SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity which was legislated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (health reform) with the intent to reduce disparities in behavioral health care for diverse, vulnerable populations. In 2009, she did a six months leadership exchange at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she was the Senior Advisor on Mental Health. For the past 25 years, Huang has worked at the interface of practice, research and policy. She has assumed multiple leadership roles dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental health and substance use disorders.  She has been a community mental health practitioner, a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley and Georgetown University, and a research director at the American Institutes for Research.  She has worked with states and communities to build systems of care for children with serious emotional disorders and their families. She has developed programs for underserved, culturally and linguistically diverse populations, evaluated community-based programs, and authored books and articles on behavioral health.  In 2003, Huang served as an appointed Commissioner on the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.  She was a member of the Carter Center Mental Health Board, the APA Committee on Children, Youth and Families, the Advisory Committee for the APA Minority Fellowship Program.  Dr. Huang recently received the following honors: The American Psychological Association, Nicholas Hobbs Award for Children’s Mental Health, 2013; Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest, American Psychological Association, 2007; Dr. James Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, APA, 2007; Outstanding Psychologist of the Year, National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI), 2005; Presidential Citation, APA, 2011 and 2004; Distinguished Contributions Award,  Asian American Psychological Association, 2004; Champion for Children’s Mental Health Needs, Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, 2003. She received her doctorate from Yale University.

Lisa James is Director of Health at Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund). As part of a National Health Initiative on Domestic Violence, Ms. James has collaborated with health care providers, domestic violence experts and health policy makers in over 20 states across the U.S. to develop statewide health care responses to domestic violence through training, health policy reform and public education. She currently helps coordinate Project Connect: A 10 state initiative to educate public health professionals on violence prevention and response. She collaborates with national medical and nursing associations to enact effective health policy and programmatic health care responses to abuse and was the recipient of the American Medical Associations’ Citation for Distinguished Service for her efforts to train health care providers on domestic violence. Ms. James coordinates the biennial National Conference on Health Care and Domestic Violence (attended by over 1000 participants). During her 17 years Futures without Violence, Ms. James has also worked with the international program, collaborating with leaders from non-governmental and health care organizations in Russia, Mexico, India and China to build the capacity of health systems, providers and community members to identify and help victims in reproductive health settings. Ms. James has developed educational materials for healthcare professionals on domestic violence, and is editor of the FVPF’s manuals: Improving the Care Response to Domestic Violence: A Trainer’s Manual for Health Care Providers (1998); The Business Case for Domestic Violence Programs in Health Care Settings (2002); National Consensus Guidelines on Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence Victimization in Health Care Settings (2002); Making the Connection: Domestic Violence and Public Health (2004); and The National Health Care Standards Campaign on Family Violence: Model Practices from 15 states (2004). Ms. James serves as a Chair of the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse a group of health professional associations dedicated to violence prevention. Prior to her employment at the FVPF, she worked in the Czech Republic to develop educational and public health programs for Czech and Slovak students. Ms. James has a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies from the department of University College Dublin, Ireland and a Bachelors Degree in Humanities from San Francisco State University, California. She is a mother of two small children and lives in Berkeley, California.

Vanessa Johnson, JD, is a Director for the Ribbon Consulting Group (RCG). RCG is a Washington, DC-based, minority women-led business specializing in innovative public health capacity building consultations and trainings. Vanessa is a graduate of Temple University Law School and has substantial years of experience as a senior manager for national and local peer-led HIV organizations. As a woman living with HIV, she is affiliated with the Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA), the United States People Living with HIV Caucus (USPLHIV Caucus) and the National Working Positive Coalition (NWPC), among others. Ms. Johnson is also an experienced facilitator and trainer with earned certifications to conduct a number of public health HIV interventions such as WILLOW, SISTA, VOICES/VOCES, and Healthy Relationships. As a seasoned manager and administrator, she has managed program budgets in the range of $5,000 to $500,000 and organizational budgets in the range of $50,000 to $1.2 million. In recognition of her achievements, Vanessa was recognized by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2009 for her work in creating a promising HIV prevention training for African American women living with HIV and AIDS. Additionally, she has travel extensively; attending conference and meetings as well as conducting presentations, trainings and technical assistance sessions across the United States, Africa (Durban, South Africa), Europe (London and Paris), the Americas (Argentina, Mexico and Canada) and many of the Caribbean Islands.

Naina Khanna is Executive Director for Positive Women’s Network – USA, a national membership body of HIV-positive women, inclusive of transgender women, that advocates for policies and programs at local, state and national levels reflecting the needs of women affected by HIV. She formerly served as Policy Director at Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease (WORLD) in Oakland, California. In addition, Naina currently serves on the Steering Committee for the 30 for 30 Campaign, as a member of the Women’s Research Initiative (WRI), and has served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) since February 2010. Naina has also served on the Coordinating Committee for the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy, the Board of Directors for AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, the Conference Coordinating Committee for the 2012 International AIDS Conference, the Steering Committee for the National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC), and the Interim Steering Committee for the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance. She is a nationally known speaker, advocate, trainer, presenter and independent consultant. Prior to working in HIV, Naina co-founded and served as National Field Director for the League of Pissed Off Voters, a progressive electoral organizing project focused on increasing political participation by young people and communities of color. Naina was diagnosed with HIV in 2002.

Leigh Kimberg, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and an attending physician in the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). She coordinates intimate partner violence programs for SFDPH and is the SFDPH representative to the San Francisco Family Violence Council. Dr. Kimberg serves on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco SafeStart, a program that treats children and families who have a child 0-6 who has been exposed to violence. Dr. Kimberg founded and directs a program called, LEAP (Look to End Abuse Permanently). LEAP’s mission is to develop intimate partner violence prevention, screening, and treatment programs in healthcare settings, most especially in safety net clinics in San Francisco and elsewhere. LEAP’s website (www.leapsf.org) is used by clinics nationally to improve their intimate partner violence screening and treatment programs. LEAP was funded by Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco for 3 years to develop and improve intimate partner violence screening, treatment, and prevention programs in safety net clinics in San Francisco. In 2007, Dr. Kimberg chaired a national ad hoc committee for Futures without Violence to develop pilot guidelines on screening men for intimate partner violence victimization and perpetration in medical practice. The guidelines and accompanying review article can be found in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Currently, Dr. Kimberg is participating in an initiative to make SFDPH a “trauma informed” organization. Dr. Kimberg attended Harvard Medical School and did her primary care/internal medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF. Currently, Dr. Kimberg practices primary care in an SFDPH clinic, Maxine Hall Health Center. She cares for uninsured and underinsured patients who suffer from high burdens of trauma, mental illness, and substance use disorders.

Brigid McCaw, MD, MPH, MS, FACP, is Medical Director, Family Violence Prevention Program, The Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Inc. Dr. McCaw oversees the implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated approach for improving screening, identification, and services for intimate partner violence (IPV) and is leads the national efforts of Kaiser Permanente to improve IPV services for over 8.5 million members. Dr. McCaw’s teaching, research and publications focus on developing a health systems response to IPV and the impact of IPV on health status and mental health. She practices internal medicine, received her MD from UCSF, and MS and MPH from UCB. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, President-Elect of the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse, and a member of the IOM Forum on Global Violence Prevention.

Edward Machtinger, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Women’s HIV Program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His primary academic interest is the relationship between HIV and violence against women. His recent publications include a meta-analysis describing high rates of trauma and PTSD among US HIV-positive woman and a study demonstrating a significant association of recent trauma and HIV antiretroviral failure. His current focus is on interventions to help women safely and publically disclose their HIV status and on developing a scalable model of trauma-informed primary care. Dr. Machtinger serves on the Executive Committee of the AIDS Research Institute (ARI) at UCSF and the Executive Committee for the oversight of Congressional Ryan White funds to women and children in San Francisco; is the Co-Chair of the San Francisco Task Force on HIV-positive Adolescents; and has participated on many working groups at the San Francisco Department of Public Health developing “Best Practices” guidelines for the care of vulnerable populations living with HIV. Dr. Machtinger was previously the director of the Sexual Health and Empowerment Program (+SHE), San Francisco’s prevention-with-positives program for HIV-positive women and transgenders and Co-director of the UCSF Fellowship in AIDS Care. Dr. Machtinger is also a respected clinician, teacher and mentor and was the recipient of the UCSF School of Medicine 2013 Osler Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Machtinger’s other interests include the well-being of animals and the environment and the relationship between human health, animal welfare, and environmental stewardship. Dr. Machtinger is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and performed his residency in internal medicine at UCSF.

Heidi Nass, JD, is an HIV-positive lawyer turned treatment advocate, educator, and writer based in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a founding member of the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition and former chair of its Drug Development Committee. She serves on the program committee for the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections and has served on the U.S. Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, as well as the national community advisory board for the AACTG and committees for NIH, IAS, and the Institute of Medicine. She was the developer and director of community education and advocacy at the UW HIV Comprehensive Care Program in Madison for eight years. She has been living with HIV for 18 years.

Brian Wells Pence, PhD MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Pence received his MPH from Columbia University in 2000 and his PhD in Epidemiology from UNC in 2005.  His research has largely focused on the links between mental health and HIV-related behaviors and health outcomes in the Southeastern US and in Africa.  He is PI or co-PI on three current or recent NIH grants, including a randomized clinical trial to assess whether depression treatment integrated into HIV clinical care in the US improves HIV medication adherence; a study to define the epidemiology of depression among HIV patients in Cameroon and pilot-test a nurse-delivered depression treatment intervention; and a study to define the impact of antidepressant treatment on HIV outcomes among HIV patients in the CNICS network of 8 large clinical sites across the US.   With Kathryn Whetten, he recently co-authored the second edition of You’re the First One I’ve Told: The Faces of HIV in the Deep South (Rutgers University Press, 2013).  This book presents the life histories of 25 individuals infected with HIV and living in the US Deep South, and highlights in particular the high prevalence and profound influence of traumatic life experiences.  In the second edition, the original qualitative findings are substantiated with new quantitative research, primarily drawn from the Coping with HIV/AIDS in the Southeast (CHASE) longitudinal cohort study of over 600 HIV-infected individuals from across the Southeastern US.

Jim Raper, DSN, CRNP, JD, FAANP, FAAN, is the Director of the 1917 HIV/AIDS Outpatient Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Raper is a Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and holds a secondary appointment in the School of Nursing. He is a Senior Scientist in the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and Scholar in the UAB Lister Hill Center for Health Policy. Dr. Raper’s research focuses on HIV health services and outcomes with particular emphasis on access to care, family social support and health care in men who have sex with men. He has been PI or co-investigator on a many HIV service grants and contracts, notably as PI of on-going HRSA Ryan White EIS and Part B awards. He is an investigator on a number of other NIH and pharmaceutically sponsored clinical trials. As Director of the UAB 1917 Clinic, Dr. Raper leads a multidisciplinary HIV team of dedicated health care professionals from a wide range of medical specialties. Dr. Raper contributes executive administrative, clinical and methodological expertise in the delivery of HIV outpatient care.

Martha Shumway, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. She holds a Ph.D. in quantitative psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She conducts research on the outcomes and costs of health and mental health services with emphases on methodology and underserved populations. She has led NIMH-funded and other studies on measuring stakeholder preferences for treatments and treatment outcomes and on measuring patient-reported outcomes. Dr. Shumway is co-author of the textbook Cost-Outcome Methods for Mental Health. She is a faculty member in the Clinical Services Research Training Program, Clinical Psychology Training Program, and Public Psychiatry Fellowship within the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. For the last decade, much of Dr. Shumway’s research has focused on trauma and PTSD. She has collaborated on a variety of research projects related to trauma and PTSD, including a randomized trial of comprehensive services for victims of violent crime, violence and mental health among homeless and unstably housed women, and the role of mental illness in accidental injury. She is currently Associate Statistical Editor for the Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Kathleen J. Sikkema, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Global Health, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, is a clinical psychologist with emphases in health and community psychology. She is the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Duke, Director of the Social and Behavioral Science Core in Duke’s Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and Director of Doctoral Studies at the Duke Global Health Institute. Dr. Sikkema, an expert in randomized, controlled HIV prevention and mental health intervention trials, has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for over 20 years. Dr. Sikkema conducts research on the development and evaluation of HIV-related mental health interventions. She served as PI of a series of intervention trials to assist persons living with HIV/AIDS who are coping with HIV-related stressors, in order to impact both psychological functioning and health behaviors. These include AIDS-related loss and bereavement, traumatic stress due to childhood sexual abuse, issues specific to coping with HIV among men and women over 50 years old, and newly diagnosed men who have sex with men. Dr. Sikkema’s coping intervention for HIV infected women and men with a history of childhood sexual abuse, Living in the Face of Trauma: LIFT, has been recognized by the CDC as a best evidence intervention and by SAMHSA in NREPP (National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices). LIFT was shown to reduce traumatic stress, sexual risk behavior and substance use over a one year follow-up period. Reductions in traumatic stress were fully explained by reductions in avoidant coping. Dr. Sikkema’s research is also focused on the development and evaluation of HIV risk behavior change interventions, with expertise in community-level intervention trials and university-community collaboration. She is currently working in the field of global mental health, conducting research on HIV prevention and mental health in South Africa as well as issues related to women’s health in Tanzania. Dr. Sikkema participates in research capacity building efforts in Tanzania and South Africa, and is actively engaged in teaching and mentoring for undergraduates, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Andrea Weddle, MSW, is the executive director of the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), an organization representing frontline HIV medical providers and researchers. Previously she served as the associate director of the association. She devotes much of her time to advancing HIVMA’s public policy and advocacy priorities with a focus on health care access and financing issues. She co-chairs the HIV Health Care Access Working Group and is a member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership Convening Group. Prior to joining HIVMA, she conducted policy research on Medicaid managed care programs as a research associate for the Center for HIV Quality Care and served as the staff director for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Ms. Weddle has a Master’s in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

Meeting Staff Biographies:

Facilitator: Maura Riordan, MSW, has worked within the field of HIV/AIDS for the majority of the past 25 years. She has served as Executive Director in multiple community-based organizations. Prior to moving to Washington DC, Maura served as Executive Director of WORLD in Oakland, CA for seven years. WORLD focuses on support, advocacy and education for women living with HIV/AIDS. Following this work, she served as a consultant to medical clinics seeking to integrate peer-based services into their clinical delivery systems. In 2008 Maura facilitated a series of national consultations in preparation for the rollout of the Obama Administration’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The topics included prevention, care and treatment, and health disparities. Maura joined AIDS United, a national policy and grant making organization based in Washington DC, in 2009 as the Senior Program Officer for the Access to Care (A2C) initiative. A2C is the largest grant-making portfolio at AIDS United. She now serves as Vice President of Access & Innovation.

Publication Coordinator: Yvette Cuca, PhD, MPH, MIA, is Project Director, UCSF School of Nursing, where she works with a team of faculty members conducting HIV research. Her own program of research focuses on the intersection of HIV and sexual and reproductive health for women. Her work has examined the role of social stigma on pregnancy decision-making among women living with HIV; factors associated with HIV stigma among pregnant women in Kenya; and the link between social capital and social stigma for women living with HIV. She has also conducted research and program evaluation related to reproductive health issues including family planning, abortion, and gender-based violence.

Communications Advisor: Lisa Poulson, poseycorp’s principal, helps clients establish, grow and protect essential credibility. With more than 25 years in communications, Lisa has an exceptional ability to synthesize complex situations to create solutions at speed. In defining communications strategies for some of the most prominent lawsuits of the last two decades, creating from scratch the technology industry’s largest unified global PR network for a Fortune 50 company or counseling CEOs and CTOs on thought leadership, she combines a deep understanding of persuasion with an ability to create clear, credible communications and content strategies. Lisa has served a diverse range of clients in the technology industry, such as Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard and Infoblox. She’s also worked broadly outside of technology, with clients such as the UCSF Women’s HIV Program, the US Postal Service and Hydro-Quebec (a Canadian hydroelectric utility). Lisa lives in San Francisco and spends her free time delivering career advice to young professional women through www.adviceforprgirls.com.

Meeting Support: Kamila A. Alexander, PhD, MPH, RN is a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Her work focuses on sexuality, decision-making, health behaviors, and other social processes, including intimate partner abuse (IPA). She is interested in the varied ways sexual health outcome inequities occur in emerging adults across the socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial spectrum. Clinically, Dr. Alexander practiced as a public health nurse specializing in women’s health and well-being for over ten years in federally qualified community health centers.  She became an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse in 2005 and serves as a consultant to the Health Resources Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau. She has provided healthcare training to community health workers and nurses as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps/Ecuador, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, and Guatemala. Dr. Alexander earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from Howard University in 1996, B.S. in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, and M.S. in Nursing/MPH from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. In 2012, she earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Nursing Science and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality studies.  At Penn, she received awards including the W.T.V. Fontaine Fellowship and a National Research Service Award (NRSA) T32 Fellowship from 2009 to 2011.  Her dissertation work, titled “Sexual Safety and Sexual Security: Broadening the Sexual Health Discourse” was funded by a F31 Fellowship from the National Institute of Nursing Research.  Dr. Alexander’s current work examines sexual health disparities at the intersections of HIV/STI and IPA prevention, healthy sexuality, and reproductive well-being. Long term goals for her program of research are to develop and implement new conceptual frameworks across national and international settings to prevent IPA and promote sexual well-being among women and their emotional partners.

 

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