CAPS/PRC Town Hall presents: Amy Conroy, PhD -- Leveraging the Couple Relationship to Improve HIV Treatment Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa
Zoom registration link: https://ucsf.zoom.us/j/97506900524?pwd=NEEra3ZIa0RyQWV5MHZ4SzJyTzQ5Zz09
Description: Primary partners provide an essential source of support for people living with HIV in rural, resource-poor settings in sub-Saharan Africa, and are a key point of intervention. There is a critical need to move beyond individual-level interventions for HIV towards improving couple-level health and building stronger families from the ground up. This talk will present on the science behind couple relationships and HIV care engagement, and will describe several ongoing projects using couple-based approaches to impact a wide range of health behaviors including hazardous alcohol use, intimate partner violence, and risk behaviors for chronic disease in southern Africa.
Bio: Dr. Amy Conroy is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Prevention Science and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF. She is a behavioral scientist with multidisciplinary training from the fields of psychology, relationship science, and public health. Over the past decade, her research has focused on dyadic approaches to understand and intervene upon health behaviors among couples living with HIV in southern Africa, including heavy alcohol use, intimate partner violence, and engagement in HIV care and treatment. Dr. Conroy recently completed a career development award examining relationship dynamics and HIV treatment outcomes among couples in Malawi, and is currently the Principal Investigator of two follow-up studies. The first is an NHLBI-funded R01 observational cohort study on couples with HIV and cardiometabolic conditions to inform a model of multimorbidity management. The second is an NIAAA-funded R34 pilot study to evaluate an economic and relationship-strengthening intervention to reduce heavy alcohol use. In 2021, Dr. Conroy was awarded the CFAR Early Career Excellence Award in Socio-Behavioral Research at UCSF for her contributions.