The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Adherence Connection for Counseling, Education, and Support (ACCESS) - II

Date Funded: 
Aug 18, 2020
Funding Organization: 
National Institutes of Health/New York University

Dr Allison Vorderstrasse, DNSc, APRN, FAAN, Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing, is the Principal Investigator for a subaward on this four-year NIH R01 grant led by Dr Ann-Margaret Dunn-Navarra of New York University. Dr Dunn- Navarra had previously established proof of concept for a peer-led, technology-enabled (WebEx) cognitive behavioral antiretroviral treatment (ART) adherence intervention and this project will expand this promising program of HIV biobehavioral research. The aims of this R01 are to evaluate the effectiveness of Adherence Connection for Counseling, Education, and Support (ACCESS) on the primary outcomes of self-reported ART adherence and HIV viral load and secondary outcomes of self-efficacy, HIV knowledge, HIV stigma, psychological distress, social support, and substance use; and 2) identify which socioecological factors (self-efficacy, HIV knowledge, HIV stigma, psychological distress, social support, and substance use) are associated with ART adherence and HIV viral load outcomes. 

Through this subcontract, Dr. Vorderstrasse will provide expertise for implementation of the web-based education control condition.