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Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program (Y-APT)

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2019 T32 Fellows

About Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program

A primary objective of CIRA is to train the next generation of HIV/AIDS scientists. To accomplish this goal, CIRA established the NIMH Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Program in 1999. Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program (Y-APT) fully integrates both Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellows into all aspects of the program, with a unique training focus on professional development, setting clear expectations for scholarly research productivity, the establishment of a program of research, and the creation of professional identity in preparation for an academic career.

Y-APT is open to post-doctoral scholars with PhD, MD, and/or JD degrees who are US Citizens, Non-Citizen Nationals of the United States or Permanent Residents.

Y-APT also supports 3-4 pre-doctoral fellows annually (tuition & stipend). Fellows complete formal coursework, qualifying examinations, and the doctoral dissertation in the Yale School of Public Health. Yale University will award the Ph.D. upon successful completion of the program. Learn more about the PhD program here.

Y-APT Fellows engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and research to improve social justice and health equity in HIV outcomes and research, specifically through biomedical and behavioral approaches to improve: (1) the HIV prevention continuum; (2) HIV-related comorbidities such as substance use, mental health; and (3) violence and health equity of vulnerable and marginalized populations such as sexual and gender minorities, women of color, and incarcerated populations.

We seek to build the Fellows' professional and research network through mentoring, connections with current and former Fellows, integration with other training grants at Yale, and connecting with community partners.

Fellows are trained within CIRA, working closely with a research preceptor from among CIRA's 31 Primary Training Faculty members. Fellows are expected to write articles for publications, present findings of their own research at scientific conferences, prepare a grant application in an HIV-related area, develop and monitor their individual training plan, and be involved in the active research of their Mentors.

Postdoctoral applicants are required to submit:

  • Applicant Statement (maximum 2 pages) describing program of research and goals for the next 5 years;
  • Rationale for selecting the first and second choice mentor applicant considers to be the best match to the applicant’s work;
  • Previous work relevant to the applicant's program of research;
  • Curriculum Vitae, including grants and publications;
  • Two writing samples; and
  • Three academic references.

Learn more about our current mentors. More information about the CIRA fellowship is available here. For more information on Y-APT, please contact Katie Doucet (katie.doucet@yale.edu).

Current Leadership and Fellows


Postdoctoral Fellows

Pre-Doctoral Fellows

Past Fellows


  • Lisa Marie Boyd, Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Medicine
  • Marie Brault, Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Public Health
  • Charles Burton, Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Public Health
  • Melvin Hampton, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Langone Health
  • Skyler Jackson, Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Public Health
  • Johanna Madera, Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Medicine
  • Isabel Martinez, Associate Research Scientist in Public Health, Yale School of Public Health
  • Dharushana Muthulingam, Instructor in Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis
  • Jillian Scheer, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Syracuse University
  • Katelyn Sileo, Assistant Professor, University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Cynthia X. Shi, PhD Candidate, Yale School of Public Health
  • Tamara Taggart, Assistant Professor, George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Melody Tulier, Research Programs Manager, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy
  • Adam Viera, PhD Candidate, Yale School of Public Health
  • Tiara Willie, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Brown University


  • Tashuna Albritton, Assistant Medical Professor, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, CUNY School of Medicine
  • Alexander Bazazi, Psychiatry Resident, University of California, San Francisco
  • Sarah Calabrese, Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, George Washington University
  • Javier Cepeda, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Medicine, University of California, San Diego
  • Valerie Earnshaw, Assistant Professor CEHD Faculty Scholar, University of Delaware
  • Jaclyn White Hughto, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University
  • Erika Montanaro, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • Nicole Overstreet, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Clark University
  • Lesley Park, Instructor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health, Instructor, Health Research & Policy, Stanford University
  • Courtney Peasant, Research Psychologist, Substance Use, Gender, and Applied Research Program, RTI
  • Amy Smoyer, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Katie Wang, Assistant Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Yale School of Public Health


  • Jeannie Annan, Senior Director of Research & Evaluation, International Rescue Committee
  • Leo Beletsky, Professor of Law and Health Sciences and Faculty Director, Health in Justice Action Lab, Northeastern University
  • Katie Brooks Biello, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University
  • Amy Carroll-Scott, Associate Professor, Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University
  • Heather Cole-Lewis, Director of Behavior Science, Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions
  • Lisa Eaton, Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Connecticut
  • Jonathan Garcia, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University
  • Jhumka Gupta, Associate Professor, Global and Community Health, George Mason University
  • Elizabeth King, Assistant Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Allecia Reid McCarthy, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Jaimie Meyer, Assistant Professor of Medicine (AIDS) and Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, Yale School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Reed, Associate Adjunct Professor, Medicine, University of California, San Diego
  • Heather Sipsma, Assistant Professor, Benedictine University
  • Elanah Uretsky, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Brandeis University


  • Toorjo Ghose, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Traci Green, Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University
  • Amy Kapczynski, Professor, Yale Law School
  • Jan Medlock, Associate Professor, Oregon State University
  • Alison Norris, Associate Professor; Joint Appointment, College of Medicine/Infectious Diseases, Ohio State University
  • Rebecca Papas, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University
  • Enrique Pouget, Assistant Professor, Health and Nutrition Sciences, City University of New York
  • Patrick Wilson, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health


  • Nathan Hansen, Health Promotion & Behavior Department Head and Professor of Health Promotion & Behavior, University of Georgia
  • Joseph Hellweg, Associate Professor of Religion, Florida State University
  • Yasmina Katsulis, Associate Professor, Arizona State University
  • Trace Kershaw, Department Chair and Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Yale School of Public Health
  • Stephanie Milan, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut
  • Linda Niccolai, Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), Yale School of Public Health