The Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network (SBSRN) is a collaborative network that links investigators from 21 CFARs. The SBSRN meets annually to foster cross CFAR collaborations between behavioral and social scientists.
The 2014 meeting will be hosted by University of California at Los Angeles CFAR on October 22-24, 2014, on the campus of UCLA. The theme of the meeting is “Disparities in Research, Clinical Treatment, Prevention and Policies: A Call to Action.”
As part of the annual meeting activities, the SBSRN network holds a mentoring day to provide translational and early career investigators with the opportunity to engage with NIH representatives and senior SBSRN investigators regarding career development and grant writing.
Dr. Kristen Sullivan, Research Scholar at the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research in the Duke Global Health Institute, will participate in the mentoring day. Dr. Sullivan will be mentored to develop an R34 proposal to develop and pilot test a telephone delivered cognitive behavioral therapy intervention for HIV infected women with traumatic stress in North Carolina, with the goal of reducing adverse mental health outcomes and improving antiretroviral adherence and engagement in HIV care in this population.
Following the mentoring day, SBS Core staff, Dr. Melissa Watt and Ms. Alexis Dennis will join Dr. Sullivan in attending the general meeting activities. Speakers and panels will cover important issues such as multi-level conceptualizations of HIV; policy and structural approaches to HIV; and vulnerability, marginalization, and inequality. Round tables will provide opportunities to discuss social and behavioral sciences perspectives on the treatment cascade.