Current Research

Shelli Feder

Feder, S. (Principal Investigator). Improving the Delivery of Specialist Palliative Care to Veterans with Heart Failure. Funded by NIH/NHLB (K12HL138037).

Research Areas/Methodology: To identify, disseminate and implement best practices in palliative and end-of-life care; medical informatics, quality improvement, health services research, and patient-centered outcomes of care

M. Tish Knobf

Knobf, M.T. (Co-investigator).  The Collaboration Linking Opioid Use Disorder and Sleep (“CLOUDS”) Study. Funded by NIH/NHLBI. (U01HL150596).

Research Areas/Methodology: Interventions to improve health outcomes for breast cancer survivors and reduce risks of co-morbid illness due to overweight, obesity and organ system treatment toxicity.

Soohyun Nam

Research Areas/Methodology: Chronic disease self-management; type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease; lifestyle; racial discrimination and microaggression, stress, social networks/ health disparities research; community-engaged research; ecological momentary assessment; social network analysis

LaRon E. Nelson

Nelson, L. (Principal Investigator). Multi-Level Intervention Addressing Intersectional Stigma to Improve HIV Testing in MSM. Funded by NIH/NINR (R01NR019009). 

Nelson, L. (Principal Investigator). HIV Prevention Trials Network 096 Leadership. Funded by Family Health International (FHI 360), NIH/NIAID (UM1 AI068619).

Nelson, L. (mPI, with J. Bernstein [SUNY]). Leveraging Family-Based Assets for Black MSM in House Ball Communities. Funded by NIH/NIMHD (R34MH124082).

Nelson, L. (mPI with T. Kershaw). Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS). Funded by NIH/NIMH (R25MH087217).

Research Areas/Methodology: Symptom science; implementation science; global health; health equity; interventions; vulnerable populations; HIV; sexual/reproductive health

Monica Ordway

Research Areas/Methodology:  Relationship between sleep, stress and health among racially/ethnically diverse and economically marginalized children; toxic stress in children; multilevel interventions to promote sleep health in early childhood, and community-engaged programs aimed to support families living with adversity.

David Vlahov

Vlahov, D. (Co-Director). Evidence for Action. Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (subcontract with University of  California, San Francisco).

Vlahov, D. (Chair, External Scientific Advisory Board). Collaborating Consortium of Cohorts Producing NIDA Opportunities (C3PNO). Funded by NIH/NIDA. (subcontract with University of California, Los Angeles).

Research Areas/Methodology: Social determinants of health for marginalized populations in urban settings; HIV and other infections; mental health; substance use 

Julie Womack

Research Areas/Methodology: HIV and aging: focus on conditions that disproportionally affect women including falls and frailty; other patient-centered outcomes; use of electronic health records for clinical research; informatics