Grants Received

Since the VP program’s inception in 1997, program participants have received 121 multi-year awards from NIH, including 51 R01 awards, and another 37 awards from CDC, HRSA, NSF or SAMHSA. From all sources, Visiting Professors have been awarded over $264 million in grant funding. The following are a few of the NIH grants awarded in 2021 to program participants:

  • Alida Bouris, Principal Investigator: Harnessing social network support to improve retention in care and viral suppression among young Black men in Chicago and Alabama (R01 grant)
  • Latrice Pichon, Principal Investigator: Collaborating with faith leaders of the Deep South to end the epidemic of HIV stigma (R13 grant)
  • Karine Dube, Principal Investigator: Investigating Psychosocial Experiences of HIV cure trial participants undergoing extended HIV treatment interruptions in the U.S. (R01 grant)
  • Omar Martinez, Principal Investigator: Forging sustainable solutions for HIV continuity of care through medical-legal partnerships (R34 grant)
  • Rasheeta Chandler, Principal Investigator: In-the-kNOW: A mobile application to optimize HIV prevention and sexual/reproductive health communication among Black women in the Southern U.S. (R34 grant)
  • Julia Lechuga, Multiple Principal Investigator: Optimizing a bio-behavioral intervention to promote viral suppression among HIV+ people who inject drugs on the U.S.-Mexico border (R01 grant)
  • Glenn-Milo Santos, Principal Investigator: The ION+EMI Study: Intermittent Oral Naltrexone enhanced with an Ecological Momentary Intervention for Methamphetamine-using MSM (R01 grant)
  • Fred Ssewamala, Principal Investigator: M-Suubi: A Multi-level integrated intervention to reduce the impact of HIV stigma on HIV treatment outcomes among adolescents living with HIV in Uganda (R01 grant)

Manuscripts Accepted/Published

Past and current Visiting Professors have had over 2,000 publications since beginning their participation in the training program. The following list are selected new publications in 2021. Program participants’ names appear in bold.

Algarin AB, Sheehan DM, Varas-Diaz N, Fennie K, Zhou Z, Spencer EC, Cook CL, Cook RL, Ibanez GE. Enacted HIV-Related Stigma's Association with Anxiety & Depression Among People Living with HIV (PLWH) in Florida. AIDS Behav 2021;25(1):93-103. PMC7749818

Bogart LM, Ojikutu BO, Tyagi K, Klein DJ, Mutchler MG, Dong L, Lawrence SJ, Thomas DR, Kellman S. COVID-19 Related Medical Mistrust, Health Impacts, and Potential Vaccine Hesitancy Among Black Americans Living With HIV. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2021;86(2):200-207. PMC7808278

Bowleg L, Massie JS, Holt SL, Heckert A, Teti M, Tschann JM. How black heterosexual men's narratives about sexual partner type and condom use disrupt the main and casual partner dichotomy: 'we still get down, but we not together'. Cult Health Sex 2021;23(1):1-18. PMC7454036

Boyer CB, Agénor M, Willoughby JF, Mead A, Geller A, Yang S, Prado GJ, Guilamo-Ramos V. A Renewed Call to Action for Addressing the Alarming Rising Rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections in U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults. J Adolesc Health 2021;69(2):189-191. 

Brawner BM, Kerr J, Castle BF, Bannon JA, Bonett S, Stevens R, James R, Bowleg L. A Systematic Review of Neighborhood-Level Influences on HIV Vulnerability. AIDS Behav 2021:1-61. PMC8415438

Cordova D. Violence Syndemics as a Way of Understanding Sexual Risk Among African-American Adolescents (Editorial). J Adolesc Health 2021;68(5):840-841. 

Cornelius JB, Okoro F, Piper CN. A Comparison of the Process and Content of Sexual Communications Among African American Adolescent Children Living in Parent and Grandparent Headed Families. Adolesc Health Med Ther 2021;12:1-8. PMC7800460

Del Río-González AM, Lameiras-Fernández M, Modrakovic D, Aguayo-Romero R, Glickman C, Bowleg L, Zea MC. Global scoping review of HIV prevention research with transgender people: Transcending from trans-subsumed to trans-centred research. J Int AIDS Soc 2021;24(9):e25786. PMC8412127

Del Río-González AM, Zea MC, Calabrese SK, Betancourt F, Pacheco-Cabrales J, Estrada-Santiago Y, Poppen PJ. Development and Evaluation of an Online Education-Entertainment Intervention to Increase Knowledge of HIV and Uptake of HIV Testing among Colombian Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM). Int J Environ Res Public Health 2021;18(4). PMC7918496

Dsouza N, McGhee-Hassrick E, Giordano K, Friedman C, Yamasaki Y, Perez C, Martinez O, Carroll-Scott A, Martinez-Donate AP. Analysis of Network Characteristics to Assess Community Capacity of Latino-Serving Organizations in Philadelphia. J Urban Health 2021:1-11. PMC7958939

English D, Carter JA, Boone CA, Forbes N, Bowleg L, Malebranche DJ, Talan AJ, Rendina HJ. Intersecting Structural Oppression and Black Sexual Minority Men's Health. Am J Prev Med 2021;60(6):781-791. PMC8274250

Feelemyer J, Duncan DT, Dyer TV, Geller A, Scheidell JD, Young KE, Cleland CM, Turpin RE, Brewer RA, Hucks-Ortiz C, Mazumdar M, Mayer KH, Khan MR. Longitudinal Associations between Police Harassment and Experiences of Violence among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in Six US Cities: the HPTN 061 Study. J Urban Health 2021;98(2):172-182. PMC8079523

Fields SD, Tung E. Patient-Focused Selection of PrEP Medication for Individuals at Risk of HIV: A Narrative Review. Infect Dis Ther 2021;10(1):165-186. PMC7875561

Friedman MR, Chandler CJ, Adams BJ, Hawk ME, Givens DL, Bauermeister JA, Bowleg L. Toward a New Framework for Equity in Epidemic Allocations: Implications of HIV-Prevention-Allocation Misalignment. Am J Public Health 2021;111(1):12-14. PMC7750601

Gamarel KE, Darbes LA, Kutsa O, Hightow-Weidman LB, Sullivan P, Stephenson R. Perspectives from Young Partnered Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men on the Adaptation of Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC). AIDS Behav 2021;25(3):836-46. PMC7886959  

Guilamo-Ramos V, Thimm-Kaiser M, Benzekri A, Hidalgo A, Lanier Y, Tlou S, de Lourdes Rosas López M, Soletti AB, Hagan H. Nurses at the frontline of public health emergency preparedness and response: lessons learned from the HIV/AIDS pandemic and emerging infectious disease outbreaks. Lancet Infect Dis 2021. PMC7972309

Gwadz M, Cleland CM, Freeman R, Wilton L, Collins LM, R LH, Ritchie AS, Leonard NR, Jonas DF, Korman A, Cluesman S, He N, Sherpa D. Stopping, starting, and sustaining HIV antiretroviral therapy: a mixed-methods exploration among African American/Black and Latino long-term survivors of HIV in an urban context. BMC Public Health 2021;21(1):419. PMC7912958

Hood KB, Shook NJ, Dunn CE, Belgrave FZ. The effect of affective versus cognitive persuasive messages on African American women's attitudes toward condom use. Psychol Health 2021;36(6):739-59. PMC7894976

Jain JP, Offer C, Rowe C, Turner C, Dawson-Rose C, Hoffmann T, Santos GM. The Psychosocial Predictors and Day-Level Correlates of Substance Use Among Participants Recruited via an Online Crowdsourcing Platform in the United States: Daily Diary Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill 2021;7(4):e23872. PMC8114164

Kimani M, van der Elst EM, Chirro O, Wahome E, Ibrahim F, Mukuria N, de Wit TFR, Graham SM, Operario D, Sanders EJ. "I wish to remain HIV negative": Pre-exposure prophylaxis adherence and persistence in transgender women and men who have sex with men in coastal Kenya. PLoS One 2021;16(1):e0244226. PMC7815127

Mayer KH, Nelson L, Hightow-Weidman L, Mimiaga MJ, Mena L, Reisner S, Daskalakis D, Safren SA, Beyrer C, Sullivan PS. The persistent and evolving HIV epidemic in American men who have sex with men. Lancet 2021;397(10279):1116-1126. 

Miller RL, Rutledge J, Ayala G. Breaking Down Barriers to HIV Care for Gay and Bisexual Men and Transgender Women: The Advocacy and Other Community Tactics (ACT) Project. AIDS Behav 2021;25(8):2551-2567. PMC7966621

Ni Z, Altice FL, Wickersham JA, Copenhaver MM, DiDomizio EE, Nelson LE, Shrestha R. Willingness to initiate pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and its use among opioid-dependent individuals in drug treatment. Drug Alcohol Depend 2021;219:108477. PMC7946167

Pérez-Jiménez D, Acosta-Pérez E, Ortega-Guzmán JM, Maldonado-Martínez JA. Internet Study about Risk Factors Associated with HIV among Heterosexuals in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J 2021;40(1):26-32. PMC8087157

Poteat TC, van der Merwe LLA, Sevelius J, Keatley J. Inclusion as illusion: erasing transgender women in research with MSM. J Int AIDS Soc 2021;24(1):e25661. PMC7836207

Ramirez-Valles J. Racism Within: Special Journal Issue on Scholars of Color. Health Educ Behav 2021;48(3):233-236.

Ramos SR, Nelson LE, Jones SG, Ni Z, Turpin RE, Portillo CJ. A State of the Science on HIV Prevention Over 40 Years Among Black and Hispanic/Latinx Communities. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care 2021;32(3):253-263. PMC8223201

Santos GM, Ackerman B, et al. Economic, Mental Health, HIV Prevention and HIV Treatment Impacts of COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Response on a Global Sample of Cisgender Gay Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men. AIDS Behav 2021;25(2):311-321. PMC7352092

Schneider JA, Young L, Ramachandran A, Michaels S, Cohen H, Robinson I, Alon L, Hill B, Nakasone S, Balenciaga M, Motley D, Bouris A, Khanna A, Ferreira M, Valente T, Schumm P. A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial to Increase PrEP Uptake for HIV Prevention: 55-Week Results From PrEPChicago. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2021;86(1):31-37. PMC7722461

Shangani S, Bhaskar N, Richmond N, Operario D, van den Berg JJ. A systematic review of early adoption of implementation science for HIV prevention or treatment in the United States. AIDS 2021;35(2):177-191.

Teti M, Kerr S, Bauerband LA, Koegler E, Graves R. A Qualitative Scoping Review of Transgender and Gender Non-conforming People's Physical Healthcare Experiences and Needs. Front Public Health 2021;9:598455. PMC7892585

Timmins L, Schneider JA, Chen YT, Goedel WC, Brewer R, Callander D, Knox J, Eavou R, Hanson H, Duncan DT. Sexual Identity, Sexual Behavior and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis in Black Cisgender Sexual Minority Men: The N2 Cohort Study in Chicago. AIDS Behav 2021;25(10):3327-3336. PMC8419005

Tozan Y, Capasso A, Sun S, Neilands TB, Damulira C, Namuwonge F, Nakigozi G, Mwebembezi A, Mukasa B, Sensoy Bahar O, Nabunya P, Mellins CA, McKay MM, Ssewamala FM. The efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a family-based economic empowerment intervention (Suubi + Adherence) on suppression of HIV viral loads among adolescents living with HIV: results from a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in southern Uganda. J Int AIDS Soc 2021;24(6):e25752. PMC8236226