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Watt Selected as Scholar in the HA-STTP Program

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The UCLA HIV-AIDS, Substance Abuse, and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP) is a collaboration between UCLA’s Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities, the UCLA AIDS Institute, and the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services. This two-year fellowship program aims to provide training to early career investigators to enhance their capacity to submit and receive NIMH grant funding.

HA-STTP will host its Fall Institute on October 20-22, 2014 on the campus of UCLA. During this meeting, institute faculty will present workshops to HA-STTP scholars related to current research in HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and traumatic stress; methods for studying associations between substance abuse, HIV, and traumatic stress; strategies for conducting culturally congruent research; and strategies to improve scientific writing and grant proposals.

Dr. Melissa Watt, Assistant Research Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute, will participate in the Fall Institute as one of seventeen HA-STTP scholars. Dr. Watt’s research interests include traumatic exposure and mental health distress among women in South Africa; how substance use impacts HIV risk behaviors and engagement in HIV care; interventions that address coping behaviors; and supporting women during the pregnancy period and post-partum periods on substance use cessation and HIV care engagement. She looks forward to applying the information and training she receives through the HA-STTP fellowship program to develop competitive proposals for NIMH funding in the future.