Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY Center for AIDS Research

Behavioral Sciences Core

The Behavioral Science Core (BSC) facilitates the development and implementation of interdisciplinary, theory-driven, rigorous behavioral and social science research that aligns bench, bedside and community to prevent new HIV infections and improve HIV care. It provides technical assistance on study design, qualitative and mixed methods through a new Qualitative Method Resource, access to the Cognitive Interview Lab, a new resource staffed by trained interviewers who can test new measures and evaluate whether existing measures fit new populations or purposes and advises on existing, and guides the development of new, biomarkers for behavioral outcomes including ART and PrEP adherence. It also leads the ERC-CFAR Community Participatory Partnership to partner with the community in the ERC-CFAR research program and to mentor ESI, community and clinical researchers in behavioral research methods and the engagement of the community in research studies.

  • Supports development of new and innovative behavioral research through providing comprehensive technical assistance on study design; measurement; and qualitative, and mixed methods through the new Qualitative Methods Resource
  • Provides access to the Cognitive Interview Lab, a new resource staffed by trained interviewers who can test new measures and evaluate whether existing measures fit new populations or purposes.
  • Leads the ERC-CFAR Community Participatory Partnership (CPP) to shape the evolving ERC-CFAR research agenda, with the goal of reducing new HIV infections, collaborating on future studies in the community, and with the community, assuring sustainability and dissemination of research results.
  • With the Biomarker and Advanced Technologies Core, provides guidance on “combination measurement,” by developing new, and advising on existing, biomarkers for behavioral outcomes including RSID (a measure of semenogelin) in vaginal swabs and SPERM HI-LITER (immunofluorescence assay that detects sperm) for rectal swabs; and biomarkers of ART and PrEP adherence from blood and hair drug anabolite assays.
  • With the Development Core, mentors ESI, community and clinical researchers in behavioral research methods and community collaboration, and support collaboration through CFAR catalytic microgrants.
  • For further information or to access the Behavioral Science Core services, please contact Drs. Bauman, Rapkin or Golub. 

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)
 

Investigators 

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

Cores 

Administrative 

Director: Dr. H. Goldstein

 

Developmental 

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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In the Media

Vice interviews Harris Goldstein, M.D., about the difficulty of developing a vaccine for HIV. Dr. Goldstein is professor of pediatrics and of microbiology & immunology at Einstein and director of the Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY Center for AIDS Research. (Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017)

Crain’s Health Pulse interviews Dr. Laurie Bauman regarding a collaborative study aimed at controlling the spread of HIV using PrEP, a drug proven to reduce risk. Dr. Bauman is a principal investigator on the study, which includes Einstein, Montefiore and Columbia. She also is director of the Preventive Intervention Research Center and professor of pediatrics. (Friday, Jul 29, 2016)

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