HPTN Scholars Program

The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) is proud to offer a scholarship program for early-career U.S. minority investigators funded through a supplement from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The program seeks to increase opportunities for scientists from groups under-represented in HIV prevention research. Successful applicants will be Investigators who have received their terminal degree (MD, PhD, etc.) and want to work with a mentor scientist in the Network to complete a research project based upon an existing HPTN research study.

The HPTN Scholars Program seeks to provide scholar recipients with the knowledge, skills and abilities to further their careers as independent investigators in the HIV prevention research field. Scholars will:

  • Develop a research project using data from a completed or ongoing HPTN HIV prevention study and complete their scholarship project within the program cycle
  • Present the findings of their project at a scientific meeting and submit a manuscript at the end of the scholarship cycle
  • Acquire knowledge of HPTN research, providing an opportunity to continue in the HPTN after the scholarship as members of a protocol team or by proposing new science

Scholars are provided funding to cover a portion of their time (typically ~ 25%) and expenses including travel to two HPTN annual meetings, one other professional or scientific meeting, a mid-year skills building workshop, as well as materials and supplies. Successful applicants will be funded for 18 months, subject to certain restrictions.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement for Cohort 6 cycle is expected August 2014 (funding period will be 18 months beginning June 2015).

If you have questions or need more information contact Erica Hamilton at Ehamilton@fhi360.org.

Cohort 5 Scholars

    Scholar and Institution Mentor(s)/Institution   Project Title or Description

 

Dr. Laramie Smith 
 

Dr. Laramie Smith

University of California San Diego



Dr. Carl Latkin

Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg SPH

Dr. Steffanie Strathdee
University of California San Diego

 



HPTN 037
:  Evaluation of factors through which a peer-delivered intervention facilitate HIV risk behavior change.

         

 

Dr. Nicole Salazar-Austin

 



Dr. Nicole Salazar-Austin

Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine



Dr. Tom Coates

UCLA School of Medicine

Dr. David Celentano
Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg SPH

 

NIMH Project Accept (HPTN 043): Social norms and the effects of sociodemographic factors on HIV testing in youth age 18-24.

 

Dr. Tiarney Ritchwood

 



Dr. Tiarney Ritchwood

University of NC at Chapel Hill



Dr. Audrey Pettifor
UNC Chapel Hill

 



HPTN 068
: The relationship between partner age and sexual risk among South African adolescent girls and the impact of partnership status on risk.

HPTN 062: Understanding individual motivations to reduce risky sexual behaviors after HIV diagnosis and the impact of depression, coping, and social support on perceived infectiousness and risk behaviors.


Dr. Bisola Ojikutu

 
Dr. Bisola Ojikutu

Brigham and Women's Hospital


Dr. Steven Safren

Harvard Medical School
Mass Gen Hospital

Dr. Ken Mayer
Harvard Medical School
The Fenway Institute

 
HPTN 063
: Community Level Cultural Beliefs and Sexual Transmission Risk Behaviors in HIV Infected Women Enrolled

 

HPTN Scholars and Mentors

Cohort 4 and Mentors
Tandrea Carter - Carol Golin
Grace "Chela" Hall - Beryl Koblin
DeMarc Hickson - Ken Mayer
Malika Roman Isler - Carol Golin
Larissa Jennings - Anne Rompalo
Brooke Montgomery - Sally Hodder
Jennifer Stewart - Ada Adimora

Cohort 3 and Mentors
C. Andres Bedoya - Ken Mayer and Steve Safren
Oni Blackstock - Sharon Mannheimer
Grace "Chela" Hall - Beryl Koblin
Sophia Hussen - Carlos del Rio and Robert Stephenson
Malika Roman Isler - Carol Golin
Brooke Montgomery - Sally Hodder
Chevette Williams - David Metzger

Cohort 2 and Mentors

Russell Brewer - Darrell Wheeler
Yvonne Carter - Ada Adimora
Risha Irvin - Susan Buchbinder
LaRon Nelson - Ken Mayer
Typhanye Penniman Dyer - Steven Shoptaw

Cohort 1 and Mentors

Russell Brewer - Darrell Wheeler
Yvonne Carter - Ada Adimora
Risha Irvin - Susan Buchbinder
LaRon Nelson - Ken Mayer
Typhanye Penniman Dyer - Steven Shoptaw
Zandretta Tims-Cook - Carlos del Rio and Paula Frew

 

HPTN Scholars with Tom Fleming

2013-2014 HPTN Scholars in Seattle with Dr. Tom Fleming (center): DeMarc Hickson, Grace (Chela) Hall, Tandrea Carter, Larissa Jennings, Brooke Montgomery, Malika Roman Isler.  Absent: Jennifer Stewart

 

Scholar Activities, Publications and Posters

Scholar
(Mentors)

Project
 
Product
HPTN Study

Risha Irvin

(Susan Buchbinder)

A Study of Perceived Discrimination in Black MSM and its Association with Healthcare Utilization and HIV Testing

  Poster Presentation
at AIDS 2012
HPTN 061

Chevette Williams

(David Metzger)

Racial disparities and associated risk behaviors among HIV uninfected injection drug users and members of their risk networks (abstract)

  Manuscript
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013;63(Suppl 1):S90-4.
HPTN 037

Sophia Hussen

(Carlos del Rio and Robert Stephenson)

A Qualitative Analysis of HIV Testing Patterns among Black Men who have Sex with Men in Atlanta, GA, USA

HIV Testing Patterns among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Qualitative Typology

 

Oral Poster Presentation at IAS 2013

Manuscript published PLoS One. 2013;8(9):e75382.

HPTN 061

Malika Roman Isler

(Carol Golin)

Venues for Meeting Sex Partners and Partner HIV Risk Characteristics: HPTN064 Women's HIV SeroIncidence Study (ISIS)

  Poster Presentation
at IAS 2013
HPTN 064

Brooke Montgomery

(Sally Hodder)

Prevalence and HIV Risk-Related Correlates of Emotional, Physical, and Sexual Violence among Women at Risk for HIV in the United States: Data from HPTN 064 (ISIS)

  Poster Presentation
at IAS 2013
HPTN 064

Russell Brewer

(Ken Mayer & Manya Magnus)

High prevalence of incarceration history among Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) in the US: Associations and Implications

Exploring the relationship between incarceration and HIV among Black men who have sex with men in the United States (abstract)

 

Poster Presentation at AIDS 2012 and
Manuscript in press with Am J Public Health

Manuscript published by J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr (Epub ahead of print).

HPTN 061
Typhanye Penniman Dyer
(Steven Shoptaw)

Differences in substance use, psychosocial characteristics and sexual risk behavior between Black Men Who Have Sex with Men Only (BMSMO) and Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women (BMSMW) in 6 US Cities

 

Poster Presentation at AIDS 2012

 

HPTN 061
  Differences in Substance Use, Psychosocial Characteristics and HIV-Related Sexual Risk Behavior Between Black Men Who Have Sex with Men Only (BMSMO) and Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women (BMSMW) in Six US Cities. (abstract)   Manuscript published by J Urban Health (Epub ahead of print).