Psychology Student Receives $150K Grant to Research HIV Infection Rates

Ph.D. student Raymond Moody (Psychology) has been awarded a $155,000 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to support his dissertation research on syndemics, or interconnected epidemics associated with increased risk for HIV transmission.

Moody, a fourth-year student in the GC’s Health Psychology and Clinical Science training program and a graduate student researcher at Hunter College’s Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST), studies the health and well-being of LGBTQ individuals.

The grant will support two distinct studies of HIV-negative gay and bisexual men. Through his research, Moody says he intends to help develop preventative measures to decrease HIV risk within these groups.

“I am interested in identifying factors that could be targeted through intervention to reduce the impact of multiple epidemics on HIV transmission risk,” Moody says. “This grant will help me begin to examine some of these factors and my hope is that the findings will inform the development of a future intervention.”

Moody’s research team includes mentorship from Distinguished Professor Jeffrey Parsons (GC/Hunter, Psychology), director of CHEST; Assistant Professor Tyrel Starks (GC/Hunter, Psychology), and Assistant Professor H. Jonathon Redina (GC/Hunter, Psychology). The project will also involve a number of students and interns from the Hunter College CHEST.

 

Submitted on: MAR 20, 2017

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