Mission Hall - 3rd Floor - Room 3700

CAPS I&I Town Hall presents: William Brown III, PhD, DrPH, MA - Mixed-Method Evaluation of Social Media-Based Tools and Traditional Strategies to Recruit High-Risk and Hard-to-Reach Populations into an HIV Prevention Intervention Study

Men who have sex with men and transgender women are hard-to-reach populations for research. Social media-based tools may overcome certain barriers in accessing these groups and are being tested in an ongoing study exploring HIV home-test kit use to reduce risk behavior. We analyzed pre-screening responses about how volunteers learned about the study (n = 896) and demographic data from eligible participants who came for an initial study visit (n = 216) to determine the strengths and weaknesses of recruitment strategies.

CAPS Methods Core presents: Maya Petersen, MD, PhD, Assoc. Prof. of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Dr. Petersen's research focuses on the development and application of novel causal inference methods to problems in health, with a focus on the treatment and prevention of HIV. She has a strong interest in and has published on the interface between biostatistics, epidemiology, and clinical medicine.

CAPS Town Hall presents: Jae Sevelius, PhD Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy and Research

Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy involves the ingestion of a psychedelic drug, such as LSD, psilocybin (the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms”), or MDMA (the active ingredient in “ecstasy”) in a safe and controlled environment with trained clinicians. Investigation into the therapeutic benefit of psychedelic substances began in the 1950s and ‘60s but since this research was terminated, most psychedelic substances have been classified as “drugs of abuse” with no recognized medical value.

CAPS Town Hall presents: Janet Myers, PhD -- Evaluating the US investment in Malaria Prevention

Janet Myers, PhD, MPH is a medical sociologist whose research focuses on evaluation of HIV care and treatment interventions delivered in clinical settings. Janet has served as principal investigator on several large multi-site demonstration projects aiming to optimize linkage, engagement and retention in Ryan White Program-funded care. Her work also focuses on implementation research in correctional settings including jails and prisons. She also teaches program evaluation in the UCSF implementation science certificate program.

CAPS Community Town Hall: Joe Hawkins, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Oakland LGBTQ Community Center

Joe Hawkins is co-founder of the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, and is its first Executive Director. He is also a noted Oakland-based community organizer who has been at the forefront of LGBTQ advocacy in the Bay Area for almost 30 years. Joe is a seasoned non-profit executive, event producer and social entrepreneur. He first came to national prominence as a gay activist and one of the first out gay men to appear as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show defending his right to parent his then 6-year-old son.