Our Board

Claude Ann Mellins
Claude Ann Mellins, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with research and clinical expertise in psychosocial aspects of HIV disease, substance use, and stress and trauma in children, adolescents, young adults and families in the US and globally. She is a Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Sociomedical Sciences) at Columbia University, as well as a research scientist and co-director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies in the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. She is also Co-Director of the Office of Clinical Psychology for psychologists functioning in clinical roles throughout Columbia University Medical Center. Over the past 26 years, Dr. Mellins he has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of a large number of foundation and federally-funded research projects based in the US and internationally examining neurodevelopment, mental health, and sexual and drug risk behavior in vulnerable population of children, adolescents, and young adults, particularly those affected by HIV, poverty and substance abuse. Her projects have also examined factors influencing medical adherence, sexual and drug risk behavior, and psychiatric functioning in HIV-infected and HIV-affected women and youth. In addition to her research, Dr. Mellins co-founded and co-directed the Special Needs Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital, one of the first and largest mental health clinics for women, children, adolescents and families affected by HIV, poverty and substance use.

Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling
Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling, PhD has 25 years as a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has amassed over 120 peer reviewed publications in her role as a scientist and professor. The majority of these publications focus on her longstanding interests in relationship and family violence (e.g., stalking, rape, physical abuse, and the intergenerational transmission of relationship behaviors), and adolescent risky, unhealthy, suicidal, and/or life-diminishing behaviors. Her most recent research is community-based, focused on under-served and disadvantaged populations, and occurs while integrating mental and behavioral health care into primary care and school settings. In particular, implementing, evaluating, and educating others to provide evidence-based, solution-focused and resiliency-enhancing interventions is a priority for Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling.

Prior to Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling initiating and establishing the Gulf Coast Behavioral Health and Resiliency Center which she currently directs, Dr Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling, served as the Head of USA’s Youth Violence Prevention Program. She is an active member of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program which was funded by a class action lawsuit resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Dr Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling also participates on the Health Disparities Research Group-Community Based Participatory Research Dissemination Team which is located in USA’s Center for Healthy Communities.

Laura M. Bogart
Laura M. Bogart, PhD, is a Senior Behavior Scientist at the RAND Corporation. She is a social psychologist with expertise in HIV disparities, including psychosocial factors in HIV prevention and adherence, and development and testing of behavioral HIV interventions. Her primary research impact has been in the areas of stigma and medical mistrust, especially among Black/African Americans and Latinos. She conducts behavioral HIV research in the U.S., as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, South Africa, and Uganda). She is a Fellow in both the American Psychological Association and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. In 2014, she was awarded the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 (LGBT Psychology) Award for Distinguished Contribution to Ethnic Minority Issues.

Dr. Robert Garofalo
Dr. Robert Garofalo is a Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He is also an attending physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he serves as the Director of the Research Center of Excellence for Gender, Sexuality, and HIV Prevention and as the Division Chief of Adolescent Medicine. He co-directs the gender and sexual development clinical program at Lurie Children’s Hospital — the first comprehensive program providing multidisciplinary care to transgender/gender-nonconforming children and adolescents in the Midwest. His research focuses on HIV prevention, mostly targeting either young men who have sex with men (MSM) or transgender individuals. He has more than 25 years of research experience in this field and is a national authority on LGBT health issues, adolescent sexuality, and HIV clinical care and prevention. In 2010, he was appointed to the National Academy of Science/ Institute of Medicine on LGBT Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities. Dr. Garofalo’s research has been generously funded by the National Institutes of Health. He is or has been the Principal Investigator on 13 NIH-funded Investigator initiated research grants and a Co-Investigator on an additional 14 other NIH-funded research projects. He is currently a member of a number of professional organizations and scientific associations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the American Medical Association, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Dr. Garofalo is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Transgender Health. He has over 150 publications in scholarly journals. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Garofalo is founder of Fred Says (named after his dog), a 501©3 non-profit charity that since 2013 has raised and donated back to the community over $300.000 to support care and services for HIV+ youth.

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