research at the CCHE
NIH-funded modeling and data analytic projects with the goal of
reducing the incidence of HIV/STIs and other diseases in vulnerable
One set of projects involves studying ways to improve awareness and
uptake of preexposure prophylaxis
among young, Black men who
have sex with men (MSM) in Chicago. Broadly, my projects on this study
involve using social network data from Facebook as a means to study
effective ways of PrEP diffusion, including modeling diffusion using a
variety of algorithms, and predictive modeling of missing friendship
data ("links") on these networks.
Another set of projects involve studing the impact of incarceration
the HIV epidemic among Black MSM in Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles.
Incarceration causes disruption in the social and sexual networks that
people maintain, both inside and outside of correctional facilities. I
am modeling the impact of this disruption, and ways to link people to
appropriate treatment and PrEP regimens to reduce new infections.
I have also
worked on stochastic agent-based
of HIV transmission in several other populations:
migrants, pregnant women, and serodiscordant couples in various regions
of Africa, and MSM in the United States.
the academic community includes a Best Paper Prize from the American College of Epidemiology
, a research
feature at UNAIDS's "HIV this Month
", and an Honorable
Mention in the Student
from the International
Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA).
Additionally, I have received the following grants as Principal
(Lectures on research at the CCHE
. Director John
Schneider speaks first, and
my talk begins in the 25th minute.)