Introducing Summer Institute Participants (Batch 2)

by Nicole VanKim

Guest Blogger, Reporting from the Summer Institute 2011

Last week, I introduced six of the Summer Institute participants.

This week, I present to you another five of the Summer Institute participants:

Luis Gutierrez-Mock is the Senior Technology Exchange Specialist at the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, through the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF. In this position he provides national capacity building assistance to organizations adapting HIV prevention interventions for transgender populations. He holds an MA in Sexuality Studies, a second MA in Ethnic Studies, and is currently pursuing an MPH degree.

Ning Hsieh studies demography and sociology at UPenn. She is interested in mental health, social networks and support, population processes, and cross-national comparative studies. Her current research includes perceived HIV risk and mental well-being in Malawi, cross-national comparison of suicide trend, and social networks and subjective well-being in Japan and the US.

Alexa Martin-Storey is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her Ph.D in developmental psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is primarily interested in the association between self concept and environmental context in the prediction of mental health and academic outcomes, focusing in particular on these variables in sexual minority youth.

Larissa McGarrity is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on the mental and physical health effects of discrimination (interpersonal and institutional), prejudice, and felt stigma for sexual minorities. She is also interested in working clinically with LGBTQ populations.

Tonia Poteat is a doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in the Social and Behavioral Interventions Program within the Department of International Health. Tonia graduated from Yale with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master of Medical Science degree from Emory University’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program. Tonia has worked as a health scientist consultant with the Global AIDS Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Come back next week to learn more about the rest of the Summer Institute participants!

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