Global Community Health (GCH) Lab

We create, implement, and act on interdisciplinary behavioral science that broadens our understanding of the context of illness and well-being in global communities – with an emphasis on persons living with HIV/ AIDS. In 2020-21, we will focus on exploring new questions:

  • Does the anticipation of being rejected or negatively labeled based on one’s HIV-serostatus and sexuality (layered stigma) affect cardiovascular reactivity (heart rate variability) among Black men living with HIV (collaborate with Dr. Jules Harrell)?
  • How do Black-American adults living with perinatal HIV historically frame and ascribe meanings to their past and current life circumstances, and their future expectations?
  • Is it feasible to develop and evaluate a family intervention aimed to strengthen communication in households of survivors and perpetrators in post-genocide Rwanda (collaborate with Christophe Mbonyingabo)?
  • How do we tailor PAR (participatory action research) informed interventions to address guardian barriers to child mental health care in Ibadan, Nigeria? This will be Phase 2 of our NIH grant In partnership with the University of Ibadan, Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (C-CAMH)
  • Do single spikes of historical violence have a “snowball” effect, persisting long beyond the actual surge in violence, on migration from indigenous communities in Guatemala (Lead by Dr. Jack Lesniewski)?   

Congratulations to Sade who is currently an intern at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in Villanova, PA, after successfully defending her dissertation, Sociocultural Influences of Courtesy Stigma Among Family Members of Nigerians Living with Mental Challenges: A Multinational Study (Committee: D. Roberts, G. Mance, & K. Johnson).

This is how great teams do meetings in Ibadan, DC, and the UK.