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Matthew J. Mimiaga

Matthew J. Mimiaga is tenured Professor of Epidemiology at UCLA and Senior Research Scientist at The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health. He is also Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Behavioral & Social Sciences at Brown University.

Warren Scott Comulada

W. Scott Comulada, DrPH, is an associate professor-in-residence in the UCLA Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Health Policy and Management. He is also a Methods Core Co-Director for the Center for HIV Prevention, Identification, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) and an Analytic Core Project Lead for an Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) U19. His roles on CHIPTS and the ATN have supported the development of electronic data collection systems and evaluations of large-scale intervention trials for HIV prevention and treatment. Dr.

Marissa Seamans

Marissa Seamans, PhD, MSPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Seamans’ research focuses on the intersection of social epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology to address substance use and mental health. Her work explores the use of large healthcare databases to examine prescription drug use in families and the effectiveness of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Methodologically, Dr.

Dvora Joseph Davey

Dr. Joseph Davey's research focuses on how best to prevent and treat HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in peri-conception, pregnant women and couples, as well as other vulnerable populations. She has expertise in study design and use of epidemiological methods to inform interventions aimed at reducing the burden of HIV and related diseases on women, children, and families.

Rulin Hechter

Dr. Rulin Hechter received her PhD training in the Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program of the UCLA Department of Epidemiology. She is a Research Scientist at the Epidemiologic Research Division of the Research and Evaluation Department at Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC). She serves on the regional HIV/AIDS management committee and HIV patient registry of KPSC. Dr.

Li Li

Li Li, Ph.D., is Professor-in-Residence at Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Semel Institute Center for Community Health, and Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health. She has been the Director of Methods Core, Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) since 2004. Dr. Li specializes in research design, intervention development, data collection and assessment strategies. She conducts research on HIV and drug abuse prevention and treatment, social and cultural aspects of health promotion and services.

Elizabeth D'Amico

Elizabeth D'Amico is an adjunct professor in the Department of Community Health Science.  She is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a licensed clinical psychologist. D'Amico is nationally recognized for her work developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions for adolescents. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and the interventions she has developed all utilize motivational interviewing (MI).

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