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Team Represent is led by Principal Investigator Lisa Bowleg, Ph.D., Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the George Washington University (GW). We are comprised of the following researchers, staff, and students:


 

Riko Boone, MSW, MPH

RBoone

Doctoral  Student

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Education

BA, Community Health, Maternal and Child Health, Brown University; MPH, Sociomedical Sciences, School of Social Work and the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; MSW, Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with a focus on Health, Mental Health and Disabilities, Columbia University

Bio

Riko A. Boone is a doctoral student in the GW Applied Social Psychology Program, under the mentorship of Dr. Bowleg. Riko is also a Fellow of the ASPH/CDC Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership. Riko has over 16 years of experience serving youth and families, providing family support, permanency planning and youth development services to families and youth affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.  He has also implemented several health promotion and HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives, including CDC Effective Behavioral Interventions targeting young Black gay men ("D-Up") and young women of color ("SISTA"). Riko's research interests include racial and ethnic disparities in mental and physical health; resilience among LGBT youth and older people; and factors that impact participation in clinical trials, and facilitate equitable access to emerging biomedical interventions for the prevention, treatment, and cure of HIV and viral hepatitis. Outside of school, Riko is a caregiver to an adorable and incredibly spoiled 5-pound Miniature Pinscher named Amber.

Publications

Ompad, D. C., Giobazolia, T. T., Barton, S. C., Halkitis, S. N., Boone, C. A., Halkitis, P. N., ... & Urbina, A. (2016). Drug use among HIV+ adults aged 50 and older: findings from the GOLD II study. AIDS care, 1-5.

 


Ana Maria del Rio-Gonzalez, PhDAna

Research Scientist, MENHOOD

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Education

Psychology, 1999, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia); Master in Psychology - Emphasis in psychology and health, 2005, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá, Colombia); Master in Methodology of the behavioral and health sciences, 2010, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid, Spain); Ph.D. Applied Social Psychology, 2015, George Washington University

Bio

Dr. Ana Maria del Rio-Gonzalez’s research interests and experience focus on psychosocial factors associated with the adoption of healthy and risky behaviors, and the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions to promote health and well-being and to decrease health disparities. She has worked on several research projects, most of them focusing on sexual and reproductive health (e.g., HIV, STI and teen pregnancy prevention), among  different populations—including adolescents, Latino men who have sex with men, Black men, and people with a history of involvement with the criminal justice system (i.e., incarceration, parole and probation). She is interested in understanding factors that can shape health behaviors and outcomes, including those arising from social-structural conditions (e.g., discrimination, incarceration), as well as those related to individual characteristics (e.g., depression, time perspective).  She is also interested in the use of diverse methodological approaches (i.e., quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods) to the study of health issues. In addition to her participation on Team Represent, Dr. del Rio-Gonzalez is also a member of the Latino Health Research Center (Department of Psychology, GW) and the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the DC CFAR.

Research Interests

Health behavior

Sexual and reproductive health

Health disparities

Research methods

Measurement development

 


Sidney Holt, MAS Holt

Doctoral Candidate

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Education

BS, Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MA, Psychology, The George Washington University

Bio

Sidney Holt is a doctoral candidate in the Applied Social Psychology program.  Sidney's research is informed by social psychological theories, social ecological theories, and an intersectionality theoretical framework, and she is interested in understanding how individual and social-structural factors influence the physical and mental health of historically oppressed or marginalized populations. Sidney's dissertation research is on the differential effects of overt racial discrimination vs. racial microaggressions on Black men's mental and physical health. Sidney is currently working on two first-author publications: one on the psychosocial effects of gentrification on Black men in Washington, DC, and the other on the relationship between racial discrimination and obesity among Black men living in DC.  Sidney also consults for RTI International where she works on national and local campaigns aimed at health promotion and/or risk reduction. For fun, Sidney enjoys traveling, running, exploring DC neighborhoods, and cuddling with her pug Peppermint.

Research Interests

Health Inequity

Qualitative Research

Intersectionality

HIV/AIDS Prevention among Black Heterosexual Men

Community-Based Intervention and Prevention Programs

Program Evaluation 

 


Jenné Massie, Dr PH, MSMassie

Project Director, MEN Count & Menhood

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Education

BA,  Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BA, Exercise and Sport Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MS, Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology, Temple University; DrPH, Community Health and Prevention, School of Public Health, Drexel University

Bio

Jenné Massie is the Project Director for the MEN Count Study and former Recruitment Coordinator and Project Director for the Represent Study.  Dr. Massie is a member of the DC Department of Health HIV/AIDS Prevention Planning Group. She was awarded the 2011 the American Public Health Association excellence in Abstract Submission among New Investigators Award. Dr. Massie’s dissertation was a photovoice project focused on experiences with housing among women living with HIV/AIDS in DC.  During her spare time, Dr. Massie plays professional women’s tackle football for the DC Divas; a team that she has helped win two national championship titles in the Women’s Football Alliance.

Research Interests

HIV/AIDS Prevention within the African American Community

Community-Based Research

Photovoice Research

Qualitative Research

Structural Violence

Social Determinants of Health

Health Disparities

Exercise Interventions/Sports

Program Evaluation

 


Mary Mbaba, MPHMbaba

Doctoral Student

mvmmbaba@gwu.edu

Education

MPH, Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Bio

Mary Mbaba is a mixed methods public health researcher examining community and psychosocial determinants of HIV transmission among Black men. She is a current doctoral candidate in Applied Social Psychology at the George Washington University. Mary completed her MPH at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health where her master's thesis investigated correlates of suicide among jail detainees. Her hobbies include photography, travel, and yoga.

Research Interests

Community and psychosocial determinants of HIV transmission 

 

 

 

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