C ENTER for AIDS P REVENTION S TUDIES
A PROGRAM OF THE UCSF AIDS R ESEARCH I NSTITUTE
January 2001 Volume 7, No. 1
Rafael Diaz, Andy Williams, Miguel Casuso, Jorge and self-regulation. He wanted to do a postdoctoral fellowship because
Sanchez, and Andres Paler are leaving CAPS to join San he was “a Latino gay man” and he felt he must do what he could for his
Francisco State University and develop the Center for people. This letter moved me so much that I called him on the spot.
Community Research (CCR). The CCR is the research Of course, we accepted this applicant with the burning desire to
component of the new Institute on Sexuality, Social help his people. It was my privilege to work as his mentor for two years.
Inequality and Health. The CCR is receiving funding One day he came into my office with tears in his eyes and insisted I
from the Ford Foundation and several institutes of NIH. listen to a tape of an interview he’d done. The pain of his interviewee
The CCR will be located in the Mission District. Rafael was clearly his pain. On other occasions he would bounce in, excited
will be the director of the CCR, research director of the about his models, predicting links between oppressive forces such as
new institute, and professor of human sexuality and homophobia and racism and the outcome of sexual risk. The interviews
ethnic studies at SFSU (in his spare time). Andy will be and models eventually became a book, Latino Gay Men and HIV, and a
the senior ethnographer of the CCR, Miguel will be proposal to the NIMH. The proposal was rejected more than once,
office manager, and Andres and Jorge will be research perhaps because the review committee was not ready for some of its
technicians. We wish them well in their new life. revolutionary ideas. I’m proud to say that I pushed Rafael when he was
ready to give up, to submit it yet again. And that proposal became a
Reflections from Barbara Marín ground-breaking study of over 900 Latino gay men in three cities of the
It was March, 1992. For years, I had been thinking how US. Now Rafael has the data that corroborates the vision born from
important it would be to find a Latino gay man who those painful, personal interviews. His next proposal was funded on the
could explore the issues and understand HIV risk in that first review.
community. One day, reading applications for the TAPS Rafael is a deeply spiritual man, a man who is guided by a vision.
fellowship, I found a 3-page letter from a Stanford His vision 8 years ago was to become a researcher who could help his
professor. He’d been working on research with children people. That vision has not changed, just expanded. This move is an
expression of his deepest convictions
about his life and his research. When he
C ONTENTS speaks about a research institute in the
Appointments 2 heart of the Mission, in the midst of his
Project Updates 3 people, his eyes light up. In the deepest
sense, he is called to this work and to this
new phase in his life. My gratitude will
New Grant Awards 4
always be with him, for his friendship, for
New Publications 5 his wisdom, for his passion. All of us will BARBARA AND R AFAEL
FYI 5 feel the loss, but hopefully we also will be
Upcoming Conferences 6 enriched by the vision.
New Faces 6 •
Ex. Com. Meeting Notes 9
Several years ago, I was part of a peer review. Andy was reviewing
Jobs Available 10
Rafael’s work and her insights were striking. She was articulate and clear
in her thinking and had a new perspective on the work we were doing. I
University of California knew she would be a major asset to the center. Since that time, I have
been proven right. Andy Williams has been a key player on several
S major projects here at CAPS. She worked diligently on the QIS,
AIDS Research Institute
Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
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interviewing gay men about incidents in which they had used a O FF TO H ONDURAS !
condom and those in which they hadn’t. The results were used to Charlie Everett will be leaving the AIDS Policy Research
design new campaigns to help gay men stay safe, as well as Center at the end of January to work setting up a clinic in
written up in such papers as “Trips to Fantasy Island.” She has Zamorano College and the Yeguare Region of Honduras, Central
also worked very generously with various investigators, including America. “I look forward to helping implement the PIH
the visiting professors, teaching about qualitative methods and philosophy of a “preferential option” for the poor through direct
consulting on their projects. Andy will be sorely missed. medical service with a social-justice perspective. I expect the
experience to be incredibly challenging. The clinic operates in
the poorest section of what is already the second poorest country
A few months ago, I went back to Rafael’s office after an evening
in the hemisphere. I will be without any of the amenities I am
meeting, to find that Jorge and Andres were both busy at work at
used to, and my Spanish is not what it should be. Indeed, part of
9 p.m. They explained that they were catching up on an impor-
the reason I am committed to this project is to improve my
tant project, and also getting ready to go out and party. Andres’
Spanish, which I believe doctors in this country should know as
feathery pink number was very attractive (it was Halloween).
we move into the 21st century.”
Rafael is a lucky man to have two such dedicated and playful
And of course there’s Miguel. Like most project assistants at APPOINTMENTS
CAPS, Miguel is indispensable. I have seen Rafael talk with pride
A reception for Tom Coates was held on December 7th to
of the beautiful design of the bilingual questionnaire or slide
celebrate his election to the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Lee
presentations that Miguel has developed. Miguel is a mediator,
Goldman, Chair of the Department of Medicine, presented the
quiet, solid. I think of him as a rock with a kite tied to it. Miguel opening remarks. Election to the Institute of Medicine recog-
is the rock, keeping the kite from blowing away or getting nizes major contributions to health, medicine or related fields
tangled in the trees. I know he’ll keep Rafael flying high. such as social and behavioral sciences, law and economics. With
their election, members make a commitment to devote a
Reflections from Rochelle Hartwig and the TAPS program
significant amount of time as volunteers on committees engaged
in a broad range of studies on health policy issues.
The TAPS Program would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to •
Andy for her graciousness in presenting the fellows with several Judy Moskowitz has been chosen as one of 25 participants in
rich, informative seminars offering a much desired introduction the 2001 Summer Training Institute in Positive Psychology
to qualitative research theory and methods. We’ve truly been sponsored by the Positive Psychology Network, chaired by
Martin E.P. Seligman. The goals of the Positive Psychology
spoiled by having such easy access to the wealth of knowledge
Network are to support promising research in positive psychol-
and experience Andy has been willing to share with us.
ogy and to develop a peer network of scholars interested in
positive psychology. As part of the training program, attendees
We also feel tremendously fortunate to have enjoyed Rafael’s receive a small grant to conduct pilot research. Judy’s research
invaluable contributions to the program as a fellow, co-director, for the Training Institute is on the experience of positive
mentor and speaker, allowing several generations of new AIDS emotion in parents of children with chronic illness.
researchers to benefit from the insights gained through his Judy is also now serving on the CAPS Executive Committee
research. His insistence that the program encourage fellows to to fill the spot vacated by Andy Williams who is leaving CAPS
“find their passion” continues to resonate so strongly because of to join Rafael Diaz’s team.
the way his own work vividly illustrates this point. •
George Rutherford has a new position as Chair of the VA
Rafael, Andy, Miguel, Jorge and Andres, we will sorely miss National Research Advisory Council.
having you right down the hall on the 5th floor and we wish you
Kathryn Phillips has been appointed to Editorial Board for
all the best in your new location as your projects continue to
American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
evolve and grow. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and •
your wonderful spirit with us. Mike Shriver’s appointment as the Mayor's new AIDS Policy
••• Advisor was celebrated at CAPS in November.
••• C ONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE ! •••
H EPATITIS C IN C ALIFORNIA P RISONS an important basis for NIMH funding for a new grant (P.I.: J.
P ROJECT Catania) to explore this mediational model of how childhood
Since the award for this study was announced in the September sexual abuse (CSA) influences subsequent sexual behavior. This
2000 issue of the CAPS Newsletter the HCV in California paper, one of a limited number exploring childhood sexual abuse
Prisons study, under the leadership of Dr. Kimberly Page-Shafer, in this population, provides evidence for greatly elevated levels of
has added a new PI. Dr. Michael Busch of the Blood Centers of childhood sexual victimization among MSM (20.6%; 95% C.I.:
the Pacific has joined Drs. Steve Morin and Teresa Wright as Co- 18.8%, 22.5%) in contrast to reported levels among the general
PIs. Under their direction, the project will have three major male population. A high percentage of these forced sexual
arms: epidemiological, clinical, and policy studies. The team has relationships involved extreme coercion (use of physical force/
also added three key staff members: Nancy Moss (Project weapons), and penetrative sex, typically markers of greater
Director), Sue Currie (Field Director), and Alison Canchola associated trauma and distress. Such men who had experienced
(Statistician) and is beginning to fill other slots (see “New Faces childhood sexual abuse (CSA) were more likely to engage in
at CAPS”). high-risk sexual activity than non-abused men. This paper
The initial 20 months, Phase I, began on December 1, explores the possible mediating factors whereby such childhood
2000; Phase II, 28 months, will begin September 1, 2002. experiences may shape a victim’s subsequent sexuality and sexual
Besides finalizing our budget and moving into 5th floor office relationships, resulting in these elevated prevalences of sexual risk
space we are coming to grips with many questions about research behaviors in adulthood. While it was not possible to explore the
design, data collection, and human subjects posed by this study effects of all the variables in the model (the reason for the
of HCV in corrections staff and prisoners. For example, despite subsequent proposal funded by NIMH), we were able to
our plans to collect interview data via CASI, we discovered that examine the effects of other forms of childhood trauma, current
absolutely no electronic devices are permitted in prisons. Yet depression, current alcohol/drug use during sex, frequency of
pencil and paper poses greater risks to confidentiality. And, while “one-night stands,” the likelihood of adult abusive relationships,
an important aspect of the study is to address candidacy for and the potential for adult sexual revictimization.
HCV treatment within Corrections, California’s facilities vary
widely in the quality of health services.
Despite these issues and the many challenges our team faces,
this project will, for the first time ever, provide a more compre-
hensive understanding of the risks, transmission, treatment and
policies relating to hepatitis C in the California Correctional
system – for both inmates and staff. Although our focus remains
within this system, we believe that our research will benefit other Kim Shafer and Moher Downing are presenting at
HCV initiatives. “Bridging the Gap in San Francisco: Harm REduction
Because of the study’s complexity, we will rely heavily on REsearch, Policy and Practice.” A symposum hosted by the
formal and informal advisors, including current or former Department of Public Health in San Francisco, January 12,
offenders and staff. 2001.
In February 2001 we plan to present a Town Hall meeting
on the project — watch for it! Your questions and feedback will Kim Shafer will present “HIV and Hepatitis in young
be very valuable in these early planning phases of the study. injection drug users.” The session title is: Youth and Drug
T HE U RBAN M EN ’ S H EALTH S TUDY Moher Downing will present “Community Acceptance
and Implementation of HIV Prevention Programs for
Paul, J., Catania, J., Pollack, L., & Stall, R. “Understanding
Injection Drug Users.” Co-authors: M, Vernon K, Riess
Childhood Sexual Coercion as a Predictor of Sexual Risk-
Taking Among Men Who Have Sex with Men: The Urban TH, Mulia N, Edlin B, Des Jarlais D, McKnight C. The
Men’s Health Study.” Child Abuse and Neglect, 25:(4), 2001. session title is: Interventions with Active Drug Users
This article is one of the first published reports from the Urban
Men’s Health Study (P.I.: J. Catania), which utilizes a unique
Mike Shriver spoke at National AIDS Forum of Treat-
telephone probability sample of 2881 MSM from 4 major U.S.
ment Advocates on “The Science of AIDS Prevention” and
cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco). The
“The Science and Politics of Substance Abuse and Mental
research and theoretical model presented in this paper has been
Health” on November 11th, 2000.
NEW GRANT AWARDS
I NTERGENERATIONAL HIV P REVENTION investigators have turned to the study of sexual development
I NITIATIVE FOR L ATINA W OMEN including CSA (child/adolescent sexual abuse) histories. Several
Cynthia A. Gómez, PhD (Principal Investigator), Carmen studies suggest that the prevalence of CSA among MSMs is high
Gómez Mandic, MPH (Project Director). Health Care Financ- (19-37%), and is correlated with higher rates of risk behavior
ing Administration, Hispanic Health Services Research Program
and HIV infection. Although research on the antecedents of
(October, 2000 - 2002).
The aims of this pilot study are to: 1) conduct focus groups and these relationships among MSMs is limited, research on hetero-
individual interviews with Latina women in San Francisco and sexual women has shown that CSA is a significant correlate of
Watsonville to assess their perceptions of HIV risk, barriers to cognitive, motivational, and social antecedents of sexual risk
HIV prevention, barriers to access of prevention services, and behavior.
acceptability of an intergenerational HIV prevention interven-
tion; 2) develop an intergenerational intervention which
Guided by social learning theory and preliminary research, the
addresses issues identified through focus groups and interviews as
proposed study will examine differences between men with
well as other sociocultural factors which impact Latina women’s
HIV risk; 3) pilot test the developed curriculum in both urban histories of CSA and non-CSA MSMs with respect to HIV-risk
and rural communities; and 4) evaluate the process and initial appraisal and enactment of HIV-related sexual risk behaviors.
impact of the intervention through pre- and post-intervention MSMs with a history of CSA, relative to other MSMs, are
surveys. expected to have motivations (sexual, affective, interpersonal),
• and coping strategies that predispose to lower risk appraisals for
themselves and their sexual partners, and to have motivations,
F ORMATIVE W ORK ON C LIQUEBASED HIV coping strategies, interpersonal-regulatory abilities, and sexual
I NTERVENTIONS FOR Y OUTH scripts that facilitate high risk sex. A general model is proposed
UARP funded Individual Investigator Grant. This two year study to accommodate the relevant effects of CSA on adult sexuality in
will assess the feasibility and acceptability of recruiting the context of HIV risk reduction. Data on the prevalence of
cliquemates for a half day HIV/STD intervention. The study CSA among MSMs attending social and health venues will be
team consists of Peggy Dolcini (PI), Gary Harper, Cherrie Boyer, collected as an aid to future studies and prevention efforts.
and Susan Watson. The study will be conducted in the Bayview •
Hunters Point District in San Francisco and will integrate
findings from our ongoing longitudinal youth in that neighbor-
hood. D RUG A BUSE T REATMENT FOR M ALE - TO -
• F EMALE T RANSGENDERS OF C OLOR
Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) for a three year project. We will
S EXUAL T RAUMA AND HIV R ISK
outreach the target groups and provide workshops for the
B EHAVIOR OF G AY M EN
prevention of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS. We will collaborate
Joe Catania, PI. Susan Folkman and Jay Paul, co-investigators. with Walden House, which will develop a drug treatment
This study, funded by NIH, will re-interview 2,200 men who program, specific to the target groups. The total budget for the
have sex with men (MSMs) from the Urban Men’s Health Study. first year is $454,859. Tooru Nemoto, PI. Don Operario, Co-
MSMs have, for over a decade, sustained a high incidence of Investigator, and JoAnne Keatley, Project Director.
HIV, and continue to have instances of high-risk sex. In an effort
to better understand the antecedents of high-risk sex, some
Binson, D, Woods, WJ, Pollack, L, Paul, J, Stall, R., and
Catania, JA. “Differential HIV Risk in Bathhouses and
GOOD THINGS TO KNOW
Public Cruising Areas.” American Journal of Public
Health, in press.
Chaix-Couturier C, Holtzer C, Phillips KA, Durand- C OMMUNICATIONS &
Zaleski I, Stansell J. “HIV-1 Drug Resistance P RESS C OVERAGE
Genotyping: A Review of Clinical and Economic
Issues.” Pharmacoeconomics, 18:425-33, 2000. Jeff Sheehy, ARI Deputy Director for Communica-
tions, encourages CAPS scientists to contact him early
Downing M, Mulia N, Vernon K, Knight K, Ferreboeuf on for strategizing about press coverage for upcoming
M, and Carroll A. “Voices From the Field: Providers
journal articles, presentations at major forums, and
Discuss HIV Counseling and Testing Programs for
participant recruitment. He will work with CAPS
Drug Users.” AIDS & Public Policy Journal, 15:(1), in
press. scientists on writing press releases and strategizing for
media coverage. He will consult with Olga and Ellen of
Downing M, Knight K, Riess TH, Vernon K, Mulia N,
the TIE Core. Jeff has a lot of experience with media
Ferreboeuf M, Amy Carroll A, Vu C. “Drug Users Talk
issue management and public relations. He will send
About HIV Testing: Motivating and Deterring Factors.”
AIDS Care, in press. Dave Robb the title of press releases with links to the
full texts for CFAR distribution. It is a goal to have a
Greenwood GL, Woods WJ, Guydish J, Bein E. “Relapse
folder for press releases on the ARI website. Jeff ’s office
Outcomes in a Randomized Trial of Residential and
Day Drug Abuse Treatment.” Journal of Substance Abuse
is located on the 2nd floor, suite 202, Tel: 597-8165.
Treatment, in press. •
Greenwood GL, White E, Page-Shafer K, Bein E, Paul J,
Osmond D, & Stall RD. “Correlates of Heavy Sub- S TAFF A FFINITY G ROUP
stance Use Among Young Gay and Bisexual Men: The
The Staff Affinity Group, created as a result of the Quality
San Francisco Young Men’s Health Study.” Drug and
Alcohol Dependence 61:105-112, 2000. of Work Life Retreat, is planning some exciting events for
2001! We want YOUR feedback on our ideas...and we want
Misegades L, Page-Shafer KA, Halperin D, McFarland W. YOUR ideas too!
“Anal Intercourse Among Young Low-income Women
Possible workshops include project and time manage-
in California: An Overlooked Risk Factor for HIV.”
AIDS, in press. ment, self-assessment, organizational skills, spiritual
awakening. Possible fun events include an ice-cream social
Mulia, N. “Questioning Sex: Drug-Using Women and and a talent show! Please let us know if you have other ideas
Heterosexual Relations.” Journal of Drug Issues; Special
or visions for our future! Currently there are three of us in
Issue on Feminist Perspectives, December 2000.
the core group - Carmen Mandic, Thomas Riess, and Megan
Paul, J., Catania, J., Pollack, L., & Stall, R. “Understand- Gaffigan. We would like to extend a warm invitation to any
ing Childhood Sexual Coercion as a Predictor of Sexual of you who are interested in getting involved.
Risk-Taking Among Men Who Have Sex with Men:
The Urban Men’s Health Study.” Child Abuse and Thanks! The Staff Affinity Group.
Neglect, 25:(4), 2001. •
Phillips KA, Veenstra DL, Sadee W. “Implications of the
Genetics Revolution for Health Services Research:
Pharmacogenomics and Improvements in Drug D ON ’ T F ORGET !
Therapy.” Health Services Research, in press.
PSG holiday party will be held at
Veenstra DL, Higashi MK, Phillips KA. “Assessing the Ruby Skye (www.rubyskye.com)
cost-effectiveness of pharmacogenomics.” Pharmaceuti-
January 24, 2001 from 3-6 pm.
cal-Sciences 2(3):Article 29, 2000.
There's going to be a deejay, a really
Woods WJ, Binson D, Mayne TJ, Gore R, Rebchook G.
“Facilitators and HIV Prevention in Bathhouse and Sex big dance floor and a lot of good
Club Environments.” Journal of Sex Research, in press. schtuff to eat and drink. Please RSVP
••• to Peggy Ghertner, 597-9366.
T HE F IRST A NNUAL CAPS C ONFERENCE : AMFAR 13TH N ATIONAL HIV/AIDS UPDATE CONFERENCE
R ENEWING HIV P REVENTION San Francisco, March 20-23, 20001
• Radisson Miyako Hotel, San Francisco AIDS Treatment and Care: Translating Progress into Practice
• Thursday, April 19, 2001 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm • Reception Register online: www.amfar.org or Tel: 514/874-1998 for form.
• Friday, April 20, 2001 8:00 am - 6:00 pm • Conference
SUMMER INSTITUTE ON SEXUALITY, SOCIETY AND HEALTH
The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) will host our
first conference featuring presentations by CAPS scientists and San Francisco, June 18-July 15, 2001
our community collaborators, as well as poster sessions and an San Francisco State University
abstract book featuring current research conducted at CAPS. The For more information call 415/405-0350 or www.sfsu.edu-
purpose of the conference is to share CAPS’ findings and hmsxdept/
methods with service providers, health departments, community
AIDS IMPACT 2001 BRIGHTON , U.K. 5TH INTERNATIONAL
planning councils, policymakers, researchers, and members of CONFERENCE
affected communities in an environment where we can exchange July 8-11, 2001
ideas about current issues in HIV prevention. www.aidsimpact.com
Our theme “Renewing HIV Prevention” reflects how prevention
science is changing along with the HIV epidemic. At CAPS, we 2001 NATIONAL HIV P REVENTION CONFERENCE
have learned some valuable lessons about HIV risk, what works in Atlanta, Georgia, August 12-15, 2001
HIV prevention, and approaches to developing and evaluating www.2001HIVPrevConf.org
interventions. This conference will combine presentations and Conference Hotline: 404/233-6446.
workshops to help strengthen the role of research in HIV
prevention services. GLOBAL STRATEGIES FOR THE P REVENTION OF HIV
TRANSMISSION FROM MOTHERS TO INFANTS
Featured topics include: Kampala, Uganda, Sept. 9-13, 2001
Model Prevention Programs Registration deadline February 1, 20001
Email: email@example.com Tel: 514/874-1998
Current Research Findings
New Directions in HIV Prevention
Methods: How We Do the Things We Do
Dissemination Strategies: Sharing What You Know
NEW FACES AT CAPS
Maricarmen Arjona: When I came to San Francisco from
We will be contacting CAPS investigators to participate in the Mexico City five years ago, I never thought I would become so
conference by leading workshops, presenting and discussing involved with health and community. However, this is a field
posters, and contributing to the CAPS Research Profile Summary that has revealed wisdom, knowledge, empowerment, fulfillment,
book. Watch for upcoming e-mails. Your job is to say YES! and spirituality to me. During these years, I’ve been collaborating
with non-profit organizations to provide HIV/STD prevention
If you have questions about the conference or would like to and reproductive health education
participate, please contact Ellen Goldstein at 415/597-9396. primarily to the Spanish-speaking
••• population. My academic background is
in Social Communications. I apply this
area of knowledge in terms of “commu-
M ORE C ONFERENCES IN 2001
nication for health and cultural interme-
diation.” Interpretation, translation, and
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS FOR WOMEN OF C OLOR. A
DIALOGUE ON RACE AND GENDER proof reading are also areas of my
professional expertise. Since last
UCSF, Laurel Heights, Garden Room, March 15-16, 2001
November, I have been the TIE Core
To apply for program, must be UCSF employee for at least one
Bilingual Community Liaison in charge of coordinating the
year and commit to attending both days of program.
Spanish Language Initiative. My role is to promote, represent,
Contact: Kathleen Brown 415/502-4125.
and disseminate CAPS findings among the Spanish-speaking
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population involved with HIV prevention, to provide technical Melissa Krone: I started at CAPS in late September as a Senior
assistance in Spanish and to establish and fortify the links Statistician, working with Dr. Jeff Martin and others on the
between CAPS and the Spanish-speaking community. I am also a Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) studies and the Study of the
resource available to CAPS researchers that may require TIE Consequences of the Protease Inhibitor Era (SCOPE). I have
Core services en español. I am really happy to be in this center lived in the Bay Area for about 2 years, after relocating from
and very excited about my assignment. I welcome all of your Seattle, where I worked at the University of Washington Center
insights and am looking forward to promoting whatever you’d for AIDS and STD.
like to share with the Spanish-speaking world. My location is On a personal note, I am interested in greyhound rescue
6CC2, floor 6. and I volunteer for a group called Greyhound Friends for Life. I
• share my home with a very happy and lazy 3-year-old retired ex-
racer. Contact me if you want to learn more about these sweet,
Fred Bentley, a Master’s of Public Policy intern from U.C. gentle, beautiful creatures or the cruel and deadly business of
Berkeley, will be working with Myrna Cozen of the AIDS Policy dog racing.
Research Center throughout the spring analyzing California data •
to determine the cost-effectiveness of various options to expand
MediCal coverage to HIV+ persons. Kenneth H. Lee: I started working for
• HSRU (Health Survey Research Unit) at
CAPS in October 2000. My position is an
Alison Canchola, MS: I am excited to be working at CAPS as assistant statistician and my supervisor is
the Senior Statistician for the Hepatitis C in California Prisons Jesse Canchola. I am also a graduate
project. As such, I will be doing the statistical analysis/number student studied in Cal State Hayward, and
crunching for this very interesting project. I will also be working the degree I am working toward is MS in
with Dr. Kim Page Shafer on various other projects. I received Statistics. I will be graduating in June
my MS in Biostatistics at UCLA in 1992, and then moved to the 2001 only if I complete and pass all my
Bay Area. I have been working at UCSF since then; previously, as comprehensive exams of the degree. I had my Statistics under-
the Senior Statistician and Project Manager for the Oral AIDS graduate degree in CAL POLY, San Luis Obispo. My web site
Center, studying the oral manifestations of HIV infection. My locates at http://hsru.ucsf.edu/hsru/whatidokl.htm.
last name may sound familiar to many of you, since my husband, •
Jesse Canchola, has worked at CAPS for over 8 years. We have
two darling sons, ages 6 and 3-1/2, who keep us busy when we Sonja Mackenzie: I’m back in the Bay Area after a brief
aren’t at CAPS. academic hiatus and am thrilled to be here at CAPS working on
• Cynthia Gomez’ VOICE Study, a multi-site intervention to
decrease HIV transmission and increase HIV health care
Sue Currie, MA: I moved here from Vancouver, Canada in utilization among HIV+ IDUs. My background is in advocacy
October, 2000 - to get out of the cold – but also to be part of and public policy work with HIV-affected women, based at the
Kim Page-Shafer’s Hepatitis C in California Project (HEPCAP – Women’s AIDS Network and AIDS Legal Referral Panel. Prior
do you get it?) team. Despite my Northern Canada upbringing, I to that, I facilitated support groups for children with positive
come to CAPS with a diverse range of experiences in the field of parent/s and through this became particularly interested in the
HIV and hepatitis. These include 5 years coordinating an NIH- use of creative means to facilitate personal coping, HIV preven-
funded multi-year, multi-site investigation of injection drug tion education and social change. If you haven’t already seen the
users, called VIDUS, as well as the development and project youth HIV mural, “We Remember,” in the Mission’s Balmy
management of a DOT program and clinical trial for persons not Alley, go check it out – it’s a powerful testament to the lives of
traditionally able to access ART. In addition to the epidemiologi- young people affected by HIV here in our city. More recently,
cal and treatment research, I have a service background which my academic training at the Harvard School of Public Health
includes pre and post-HIV, hepatitis C and TB counseling, as has – hopefully – prepared me for my work in research — work
well as alcohol and drug counseling and support of street- that, at CAPS, is about as close to the ground as it can be. My
involved youth and sex trade workers. The HCV in California particular work-related interests: the effects of discrimination on
Prisons Project will provide new and exciting challenges for me. I women’s vulnerability to HIV and the health of queer youth;
also look forward to working within the broader CAPS environ- conspiracy theories and their implications for HIV prevention;
ment. When I am not working, I like to hang out with my interdisciplinary approaches to studying health – particularly
husband and our dog Skeena, watch or participate in any sports those that are historically-based and qualitative in method. I
(including triathlons), go to movies and travel whenever I can. look forward to meeting those of you whom I have not yet met
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– we have the best selection of good (real) teas in the building a statistical software consultant at UT’s academic computing
here, I might add, so stop by 427 if you’re a tea snob too. center where I supported graduate student and faculty research-
• ers in a wide variety of academic disciplines,
most frequently in the behavioral sciences.
Marisa McLaughlin joined the AIDS Policy Research Center My statistical interests and expertise include
in October after realizing that backpacking around the world was structural equation modeling and path
not as exciting as the wonderful world on Microsoft Office and analysis, repeated measures and longitudinal
purchase order numbers. Born in Bangkok, Thailand and raised analysis, multilevel and hierarchical linear
in the Castro (except a brief and undesirable stint in Menlo models, and methods for handling missing
Park), Marisa received her Bachelor’s in Biology from Wellesley data. My psychology interests include self-
College in 2000. She took one year off during college to live in esteem formation, maintenance, and enhancement; attitude
France, and another to live in Los Angeles (which she is not change and persuasion, and the psychology of optimal experi-
nearly so proud of ). She loves the insanity and quirky eccentrici- ence, also known as “flow.” In my free time I enjoy working on
ties of her Policy Center colleagues, she loves cookies and reads personal research projects, Iyengar yoga, nature walks, vegan
up on the University’s mental health benefits in her free time. meals and potlucks, conversation one-on-one or in small groups,
• and exercising/working out. I am excited to be working at CAPS
because a number of important people in my life have been
Nancy Moss, PhD: I’m thrilled to be at CAPS as Project touched by HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. Everyone I have met at
Director of the Hepatitis C in California Prisons project. I’ll also CAPS has been very friendly and helpful, and I look forward to
be developing new research studies with Kimberly Page-Shafer. learning and applying new research and analytic methods to an
My acquaintance with CAPS reaches back about 10 years; from important social cause.
1989-94 I was a project officer at the National Institute of Child •
Health and Human Development branch that funds a lot of
CAPS research. After NICHD I spent two years in Demography Hello! I’m Jennifer Pittman, and I just recently joined CAPS as
and Population Epidemiology at the National Institute on Aging. Administrative Assistant to Cynthia Gomez and the BAY MEN
Most of my work at NIH centered around social class and ethnic intervention, a risk-reduction trial with HIV+ gay and bisexual
differences in mortality, socioeconomic measures and data, and men. My degree is in medical anthropology from Bryn Mawr
integrating qualitative and quantitative data (croakers and dugout College, PA and my primary work at that time was with African-
canoes, according to my branch chief ). Having come from American HIV+ women in Philadelphia. Since then I have
California where I was studying risk behaviors in Mexican worked in just about everything - from construction to on-line
adolescents I became the resident expert on Latino health (I serve journalism. My heart and soul, however, are in public health,
on the Board of Trustees for the Pan American Health and primarily lesbian health, women’s reproductive health, and
Education Fund, the foundation arm of PAHO). I returned to LGBT HIV prevention. My latest gig was two years at the Gay
California four years ago to serve as Deputy Director of the and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) as their Lesbian
Northern California Cancer Center and then worked for 2 years Health Fund Program Manager and the Associate to the Public
as a consultant and contractor for the Universitywide AIDS Policy Department. I am deeply impressed with the tenor and
Research Program and the California State Office of AIDS. quality of the staff and programs at CAPS, and I look forward to
Before I went to NIH I was a fellow at the UCSF Institute for a long and challenging stay. Thank you to everyone who has
Health Policy Studies where I worked on the AIDS Cost of Care pitched in and made me feel so welcome!
study and served as Assistant Director of Planning for SFDPH, •
so I’m not a complete newcomer to the San Francisco AIDS
scene. By the time this is published I should be in my new office; Erin Rowley: Greetings CAPers! I came to CAPS in January
stop by and see pictures of my darling dog and cat and my three 2000 with the Fem2Fem study where I interviewed HIV+
sons- the youngest of whom works at SFGH and on the homeless women who have sex with women. Concurrently, I worked at
van. Laurel Heights at the Institute of Health and Aging on a study
• comparing lesbians and heterosexual women on their risks for
breast cancer. As of October, I began my new full-time position
Tor Neilands, PhD: Hello and happy new year! I grew up as an AAII with the VOICE project, a prevention intervention
across the Bay in Berkeley and double-majored in English for HIV+ injection drug users. Having graduated from NYU in
Literature and Psychology at UC Santa Cruz. I then obtained a 1999 (BA Psychology), I am pleased to be back in my native Bay
Ph.D. in social psychology with a minor and extended training in Area. I feel very lucky to be working with such a great team and
quantitative methods and psychometrics at the University of in such an uplifting community! I hope to meet more of you and
Texas at Austin in 1993. After completing my Ph.D., I worked as welcome any advice about graduate study in psychology.
CAPS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING NOTES
NOTES OF SEPTEMBER 25, 2001 CAPS Pilot Studies. It was decided that the CAPS pilot study
Present: Beth Freedman, Susan Folkman, Susan Kegeles, Alan applications will be folded into the NIH modeled ARI external
Lessik, Barbara Marin, Dennis Osmond, Dave Robb, Leslie review process that reviews CFAR, CARC, and other ARI
Roos, George Rutherford, Jeff Sheehy, Scott Stumbo, Andy applications.
NOTES OF OCTOBER 30, 2000
New At-Large Position. Susan Kegeles assumes her own seat on Present: Tom Coates, Susan Folkman, Beth Freedman, Olga
the executive committee in her new role as co-director of TAPS, Grinstead, Susan Kegeles, Alan Lessik, Barbara Marin, Jeff Martin,
opening up an at-large member seat on the committee. Melissa Mazor, Steve Morin, Dennis Osmond, Dave Robb, Leslie
Roos, George Rutherford, Randall Sell, Andy Williams.
Analyst Work Load. Alan Lessik summarized the grant volume
and analyst load for the last year. The analysts’ burden is much Dr. Randall Sell. Dr. Sell met with the committee to discuss his
relieved this year. Columbia University Center for Studies of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/
Transgender (LGBT) Health. He and his colleagues are studying
Diversity. Emily Jarosz is leading focus groups on diversity at LGBT health beyond HIV related issues. The center at Columbia
CAPS as the groundwork for the questionnaire that will be University, using CAPS as a model, is divided into five core areas,
distributed center-wide. Alan is gathering the statistics on and is unlike any other center in the country.
diversity for the entire campus for comparison.
Due Diligence Committee. The goal of the committee is to
Information Management. Scott Stumbo discussed his various explore whether/how to establish a Division of Preventive Medi-
information retrieval and management projects and training cine per Lee Goldman’s recommendation. The committee is
seminars. 50% of the article requests he receives from CAPS seeking recommendations about the mission, scientific organiza-
scientists are not in our PSG library or on-line. These requests tion, administrative organization, and added value of the proposed
are filled by a weekly visit to the campus library, with assistance division.
from Damon Johnson. Other options such as fax back systems
and services that pay $10+ per article for a one-day service were The Diversity Committee met with Emily Jarosz to discuss the
discussed. Scott is working on adding more full-text article links content of the diversity questionnaire that will be based on the
on the Inside CAPS Page. He will be added to the training findings of the focus groups.
program for TAPS fellows. And, will eventually roll out his
services to the ARI; and was also asked to organize a library of Andy Williams announced she will resign her CAPS Executive
PowerPoint slides. Scott reported that the skill level at CAPS is seat representing non-faculty academics. Andy is joining the Rafael
low for article retrieval. He has planned a series of brown bag Diaz team.
training sessions to improve skills.
New Hires: Melissa Mazor, the new CAPS science coordinator
Communications/Press Coverage. Jeff Sheehy discussed his role assistant was introduced. Yolanda Mender recently joined the
as ARI Deputy Director for Communications (see page 5). research analyst team. Tor Neilands, PhD, Senior Systems Analyst
at the University of Texas at Austin, was hired as a Senior Statisti-
CHR Resources. Barbara Marín reminded people about the cian to start January 2, 2001.
CHR website as a resource where standard protocol language for
different procedures can be found. Susan Rubin, Co-PI of the Peer Reviews: Budget peer reviews for all grant submissions
CAPS Ethics Core, is available for CHR consults and is available should be held with Alan Lessik and/or Susan Folkman with
to review and coordinate submissions to the UCSF Committee enough time to incorporate suggested changes prior to deadlines.
on Human Research.
CHR: Barbara Marin mentioned that certification is mandatory
Minority Small Grants. Susan Folkman asked for volunteers for for anyone doing work with human subjects. Certification can be
a committee to review applications for the Minority Small completed through a link on “Inside CAPS” on the CAPS website.
Grants one-year program with $50K in funding from the State..
Susan Kegeles, Andy Williams, Barbara Marin and Olga NOTES OF NOVEMBER 20, 2000
Grinstead volunteered. Susan Folkman will chair the committee Present: Susan Folkman, Beth Freedman, Olga Grinstead, Alan
that will allocate the funds by June 30. Lessik, Melissa Mazor, Judy Moskowitz, Dennis Osmond, Dave
Robb, Leslie Roos, George Rutherford, Andy Williams
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M EETING N OTES CONT .
Judy Moskowitz was welcomed to the committee. Judy replaces P ROGRAMMER /A NALYST III
Andy Williams as the non-faculty academic representative. Candidate will be responsible for data management for a large
clinical trial of a behavioral intervention in Mumbai (Bombay),
Peer Review. Susan Folkman led a discussion on the problem of India (PI: Krysia Lindan, MD). Percent time is negotiable.
finding enough reviewers to meet the high demand for peer Duties: Design, develop, and implement quality control proce-
review. It was agreed that 1) reviewees need to provide one dures and coordinate cleaning of data; communicate with staff
month’s notice to the scheduling team; 2) CAPS scientists will be on data entry/management tasks; travel to Mumbai 1-2 weeks
encouraged to say yes more often than no when asked to review; per year to train site staff in web-based data system; create
and 3) peer review service will be formalized by becoming one of analysis-ready SAS datasets/assist in analysis; install software;
the categories considered by the Promotions and Advancement troubleshoot hardware problems; perform other duties as
Committee. assigned. Contact Debbie Bain, 415/597-9299,
Grant Checklist. Alan Lessik introduced a new one-page
checklist to guide investigators submitting grant proposals. The F IELD C OORDINATOR
list includes statistical/methods, computer/IT, and space/rent This position (50% time) will coordinate field activities and
consultations, etc. provide administrative support for a two-year HIV prevention
pilot study targeted toward Latina women in San Francisco and
Promotions and Appointments. Susan Folkman suggested we Watsonville. The Intergenerational HIV Prevention Initiative for
expand academic and project support position searches in order Latina Women will involve interviews, focus groups, and a pilot
to reach a larger minority community. Those doing hiring are intervention. Coordinate and document field-related activities,
encouraged to use list serves to advertise more widely. develop and implement a recruitment strategy, interface with
other community-based organizations to increase interest and
Community Field Site: Due to recent security problems, the referrals, assist with the supervision and training of intervention-
space shortage, and the large number of participants being ists. Required bilingual Spanish: able to converse, read and write
interviewed on-site, the option of acquiring a CAPS community in Spanish. Please send resume and cover letter to: Carmen
field site was discussed. The option of creating an on-site Gomez-Mandic, MPH, Project Director. Fax 415/597-9290,
participant interviewing suite was also discussed. The results of a firstname.lastname@example.org.
recent survey from all projects interviewing participants at 74
New Montgomery were reviewed. P OLICY A SSISTANT
AIDS Policy Research Center will be interviewing for another
Holiday Party: In past years PSG and EPI shared the holiday Policy Assistant. The job will require excellent editing skills and
party expenses. Since we have grown and party costs have thorough understanding of EndNote and MicroSoft Office
increased, CAPS will need to contribute to the costs if we are to products (especially Word, Excel, and Power Point). The job will
have a party. The committee recommended that CAPS faculty be be posted in the University system within a month check on the
asked to contribute to meet the CAPS portion of the bill. CAPS website for details in the next few weeks or call Jay
Newberry @ 597-9398.
Thanks to Leslie Roos and Melissa Mazor for these meeting notes. •••
UCSF/Center for AIDS Prevention Studies – EOE/AA/MFDV
Editor & Designer: Susan Lausten
S URVEY I NTERVIEWER SLausten@psg.ucsf.edu 415·597·9325
Interviewers to work 50% time (20 hrs/wk) on the Berkeley, •
Alameda & Sonoma Evaluation Study (BASES). A three-year Advisor: Leslie Roos, Deputy Director
for Science Administration
outcome and process evaluation of one-on-one HIV prevention
counseling in the city of Berkeley, and Alameda and Sonoma
counties. The goal of the project is to evaluate multiple interven-
tions designed to reduce HIV risk behavior among people of color
and gay men. Contact Thomas H. Riess, MPH, 415/597-9362,