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CAPS Town Hall presents Janet Turan, PhD, MPH and Bulent Turan, PhD — Understanding and Addressing HIV Stigma in the US: Mechanisms, Longitudinal Effects, and Interventions

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February 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

Thursday, Feb. 16th, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

UCSF Mission Hall –3rd Floor – Room 3700

550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA

Drs. Janet and Bulent Turan will discuss their recent work on HIV-related stigma and intersectional stigma in different vulnerable populations in the United States, including residents of the Deep South, women, and new-to-care patients.  They will also describe pilot work and plans for a new stigma-reduction intervention for healthcare settings in the US.

Dr. Janet M. Turan is a Professor in the Dept. of Health Care Organization and Policy at the Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Behavioral and Community Sciences Core of the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). Dr. Turan is a social and behavioral scientist with main research interests in maternal and child health (MCH) and HIV prevention in low-resource settings of both developing and developed countries. She completed her doctorate in Population Dynamics at Johns Hopkins, her postdoctoral training at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, and was on the faculty at UCSF for 4 years before moving to UAB.  Her current research includes qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies designed to address HIV-related stigma, as well as intersectional stigma related to poverty, gender, race/ethnicity, and reproductive choices, in settings as diverse as rural Kenya and the Deep South of the U.S.. She is principal investigator of several NIH-funded studies that examine effects, mechanisms of action, and intervention strategies for HIV-related stigma, as they relate to utilization of MCH services, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, HIV medication adherence, and engagement in HIV care. In addition, her current research program includes the study of stigma as it relates to other reproductive health conditions/services, including unintended pregnancy, obstetric fistula, and gender-based violence.

Dr. Bulent Turan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Turan received his doctoral degree in psychology at Stanford University, and completed his postdoctoral training in health psychology at UCSF. His research examines the mechanisms underlying the effects of social and psychological factors on well-being across the life-span. He is interested in understanding how people use (or do not use) supportive relationships effectively at times of stress and how this affects emotional and physical health.  He is studying the constructs of fear of negative evaluation in the context of HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases to examine the effects of HIV-related stigma and discrimination among people living with chronic diseases and psychosocial mediating mechanisms in these effects.

UCSF Division of Prevention Sciences

The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)


February 16, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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