Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY Center for AIDS Research

Behavioral Sciences Core

The Behavioral Sciences Core (BSC) supports the development and implementation of rigorous, inter-disciplinary, theory-driven behavioral and social science research to prevent new HIV infections and improve HIV care.

We provide technical assistance to ERC-CFAR investigators, offer mentorship to early stage investigators, and enhance collaborative research efforts among scientists, clinicians, departments of health, and communities.

Integration of bench and behavioral research is a key goal of the BSC. Efforts include identification and development of biomarkers of behavior, and research on acceptability and adherence within clinical trials, early in the design process of devices and medications.

The BSC emphasizes strong community partnerships between ERC-CFAR investigators and community partners in New York City to maximize innovative research and overall impact. 


The Behavioral Sciences Core offers a broad range of services that can be customized to your needs. We welcome your inquiries! Please contact us to initiate a consultation. Your initial consult is free of charge, as are some other services to ERC-CFAR members. ERC-CFAR members benefit from a preferential fee structure for Core services, but the Core can provide services to those who are not ERC-CFAR members as well.

  • Mentoring and Networking 
    • Individual mentoring in behavioral research methods and community collaboration
    • Peer Consultation Roundtables to obtain feedback on early study ideas, a proposal or manuscript, or to solicit advice regarding a study implementation problem
    • Build a study team using our directory of social and behavioral researchers at Einstein, Rockefeller and CUNY
    • Networking events to facilitate collaborative work between community members and ERC-CFAR investigators
  • Proposal Development
    • Grant proposal development and review
    • Study design, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods
  • Intervention and Evaluation
    • Theoretical models
    • Evaluation designs
    • Program development
    • Implementation science
    • Intervention protocols and review
    • Strategies for assuring fidelity
  • Data Collection and Analysis
    1. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research 
    2. We provide technical assistance and support including:

      • Interview and focus group guide development
      • Sampling issues and strategies for participant recruitment
      • Data collection (interviewing, focus group facilitation, survey administration)
      • Data management/management support
      • Development of the analysis plan
    3. Quantitative Research 

      We provide technical assistance and support including:
      • Cognitive interviewing
      • Survey design
      • Computer-assisted survey programming (qualtrics, RedCAP)
      • Data management/management support
  • Training
    • Quantitative and qualitative data collection methods
    • Online and personal survey administration
    • Interviewer training
    • Focus group facilitation
    • Qualitative data analysis
  • Biomarker Development
    • Advice on existing and assistance on developing new biomarkers for behavioral outcomes
    • With the Biomarker and Advanced Technologies Core, provide guidance on “combination measurement,” by developing new, and advising on existing, biomarkers for behavioral outcomes including condomless sex and adherence
  • Youth and Adolescent Studies
    • Recruitment and retention of youth and adolescent populations
    • Access to recruitment sources, datasets (quantitative and qualitative) and advisory groups related to young people and HIV
  • Manuscript Preparation
    • Preparation, feedback and revisions of manuscript drafts (authorship is negotiated)
    • Guidance on journal selection and submissions


  • The Qualitative Method Resource provides comprehensive technical assistance on study design in qualitative and mixed methods, as well as data collection and analysis.
  • The Cognitive Interview Lab provides advice to investigators interested in using cognitive interviewing to improve measurement. Consults include assistance in determining research goals, advice on how cognitive interviewing can help test existing and new measures, and the methodology of cognitive interviewing. Experienced cognitive interviewers are on staff and available through the Core.
  • The Community Participatory Partnership, composed of CBO leaders, government officials, outside researchers and ERC-CFAR researchers, shapes the evolving ERC-CFAR research agenda, develops opportunities to collaborate on studies, and assures sustainability and dissemination of research results.

For further information or to access the Behavioral Science Core services, please contact dana.watnick@einstein.yu.edu


Core Leadership

Dr. Laurie Bauman
Director, ERC-CFAR Behavioral Science Core
Professor, Pediatrics, Einstein
Director, Preventive Intervention Research Center

Dr. Bruce Rapkin
Associate Director, ERC-CFAR Behavioral Sciences Core
Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health / Family and Social Medicine, Einstein 


Dr. Sarit Golub
Associate Director, ERC-CFAR Behavioral Sciences Core
Professor, Psychology, Hunter 
Chair/Area Head, Basic and Applied Social Psychology Doctoral Program, CUNY Graduate Center


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ERC-CFAR at a Glance

Partner Institutions 

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Rockefeller University
  • The City University of New York (CUNY)


Total ERC-CFAR members

  • 183 Full members
  • 10 Affiliate members

CFAR member trainees funded by NIH K awards

  • 15 Full members

NIH Funding 

FY2015 OAR NIH AIDS FRB grants

$34,084,840 Total costs


New NIH AIDS grants awarded in FY2016

$7,345,645 Total annual costs


FY2014 non-AIDS NIH grants

$34,745,334 Total costs

Publications (first 6 months of 2016) 

Total Publications: 240

Publications multi-authored
by ERC-CFAR members: 91



Director: Dr. H. Goldstein



Directors: Dr. V. Prasad & Dr. C. Cunningham


Biomarkers & Advanced Technologies 

Directors: Dr. J. Berman & Dr. S. Almo


Behavioral Science 

Director: Dr. L. Bauman


Clinical Translational Implementation Science 

Director: Dr. K. Anastos


Scientific Working Groups 

HIV and Eradication 

Directors: Dr. G. Kalpana & Dr. M. Caskey


Patient and Population Health Outcomes Research 

Directors: Dr. D. Nash & Dr. J. Arnsten  

New 2016 NIH Grants Awards 

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