Louis Graham, assistant professor of community health education in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has been accepted into the Visiting Professor program for the summer at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California, San Francisco.
The CAPS Visiting Professor program, also known as the Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities, is designed to assist investigators already conducting HIV-prevention research with minority communities to improve their programs of research and obtain additional funding for their work.
Participants in the summer residency program will receive mentoring from UCSF faculty researchers to help develop increasing clarity about their long-term programs of research. Visiting professors are expected to design a pilot study and prepare a research protocol, for which they will receive up to $20,000 in funding to conduct.
Graham plans to use the funding for a pilot study that will draw from critical race theory scholarship and build on a minority stress model to develop a deeper understanding of the intersectional identity development of black sexually marginalized men and its relationship to HIV and mental disorder vulnerabilities.
“I have been mentored by many researchers who have gone through the Visiting Professor program and know how impactful participation can be and what an honor it is to join the CAPS family,” said Graham.
Graham currently is the co-principal investigator of “Detroit Youth Passages,” a five-year, Ford Foundation-funded ethnographic research project that seeks to examine and positively transform structural conditions that contribute to sexual vulnerabilities.
Funding for the CAPS Visiting Professor program is provided by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.