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2015 Spring Training Institute

What We Do

Each year, HISTP selects four scholars as trainees to receive intensive and specialized mentorship. The program also includes pilot funding and access to a multitude of resources and expert consultation.

Racial and ethnic minority (REM) populations are disproportionately represented amongst those living with HIV/AIDS, yet REM scientists trained as HIV/AIDS researchers are vastly under-represented. HISTP’s mission is to facilitate the growth and development of a cadre of REM scientists who will focus their research on HIV-related health disparities in HIV/AIDS and co-occurring mental health disorders. HISTP promotes scientists from underrepresented groups to increase contributions to the empirical knowledge base on the design of contextually and culturally congruent interventions, through training, mentoring, and networking with a collective of senior REM scientists.

HISTP is funded through a 5-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to establish a training program aimed at advancing the career and skills of promising new investigators from underrepresented groups who intend to build programs of research focusing on the dissemination and implementation (D&I) of prevention and treatment interventions for HIV and HIV-affected populations.

HISTP is located at Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW) within the Social Intervention Group (SIG), and collaborates with other prominent Columbia Centers, including the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia Center for Homelessness Prevention Studies, and Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.

In addition to Drs. Nabila El-Bassel and Elwin Wu and colleagues at Columbia University, HISTP is supported by a network of leading HIV scientific advisors and mentors across the country. The advisors and mentors are actively involved in the development of the program and in the direct training and support of the trainees.