Next Generation Nurse Scientists Ending the HIV Epidemic

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The overarching goal of this T32 program is to train a diverse cadre of nurse scientists in research methods to lead efforts to end the HIV epidemic.

This program will: 

1. Increase the number of nurse scholars, especially from underrepresented groups (e.g. race, ethnicity, sexual and gender minority, and first generation to college), who are prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • a. design and conduct research that advances the science on HIV, HIV interventions, and HIV implementation strategies; 
  • b. design and test intervention strategies with populations experiencing intersecting stigmas, including sexual and gender minorities, people of color, populations with multiple co-morbidities, and people who use drugs; and 
  • c. employ implementation science methods for studying translation of HIV interventions into real-world clinical and community settings, including in the context of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic 

2. Mentor trainees to identify a specific area of HIV research that will allow them to establish a program of research that outlines their content and methods expertise; 

3. Prepare trainees with grantsmanship and leadership skills to conceptualize, write, conduct, administer, and disseminate results for an extramural grant-funded study, and 

4. Conduct an evaluation of the program to determine process and outcome successes.

This training program is delivered within the UCSF research-intensive academic setting, with extensive opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration with entities such as the AIDS Research Institute, the Center for AIDS Research, and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, along with clinical settings that include the original San Francisco Model clinic, Ward 86 at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. 

The “Next Generation Nurse Scientists Ending the HIV Epidemic” program will include training opportunities for four predoctoral and two postdoctoral nurse scholars each year. Our goal is to train the next generation of scientists in nursing research approaches to end the HIV epidemic.

Program Support:

  • Tuition each year of appointment
  • Stipend paid monthly 
  • Travel funds to support attendance at conferences to present papers and/or posters 
  • Childcare costs 

Program Requirements:

Trainees are expected to participate actively in all aspects of the training program. These include:

  • Engaging in quarterly seminars
  • Completion of research residencies with program mentors
  • Development of conference presentations and manuscripts

Application Instructions:

Appointments are made for one year and are renewable for up to three years based on a review of trainee program. To apply, please submit the following:

  • Predoc and Postdoc Applicants: Current CV, including any publications
  • Postdoc Applicants: Statement of intent (interest and experience in HIV, potential mentor, expected outcome of participation)
  • Postdoc Applicants: Letter of recommendation
  • Application materials should be submitted to Yvette Cuca at [email protected].

UCSF Faculty

Carol Dawson-Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor - Program Co-Director
Glenn-Milo Santos, PhD, MPH, professor - Program Co-Director
Stella Bialous, DrPH, RN, FAAN, professor
Jose Gutierrez, PhD, assistant professor
Sarah Gutin, PhD, assistant professor
Orlando Harris, PhD, MPH, FAAN, associate professor
Thomas Hoffmann, PhD, professor

Annesa Flentje, PhD, associate professor
Jennifer Jain, PhD, assistant professor
Mallory O. Johnson, PhD, professor
Heather Leutwyler, PhD, RN, NP, professor
Jerry John Nutor, PhD, RN, assistant professor
Sandra Weiss, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor
Natalie Wilson, PhD, DNP, MPH, associate professor

Affiliated Faculty: 

Brian Anderson, MD, assistant professor
Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD, MAS, professor
Craig Cohen, MD, MPH, professor
Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, professor
Peter Hunt, MD, professor
Kimberly Koester, PhD, assistant professor
Albert Liu, MD, clinical research director, SFDPH
Paula Lum, MD, MPH, professor
Edward Machtinger, MD, professor

Willi McFarland, MD, PhD, MPH, professor
Janet Myers, PhD, MPH, professor
Jesus Ramirez-Valles, PhD, MPH, professor
Elise Riley, PhD, MPH, professor
George Rutherford, MD, professor
Parya Saberi, PharmD, MAS, associate professor
Martha Shumway, PhD, professor
Erin Wilson, DrPH, MPH, associate professor

Frequently Asked Questions:

How is the program funded? 

The program is funded through a grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research (T32 NR020776) to Carol Dawson-Rose and Glenn-Milo Santos (MPI). 

Are their additional eligibility requirements? 

  • Applicants must be nurses. 
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a valid green card. 

How long is the training program?

Trainees are appointed for one year, renewable based on their progress. Most predoctoral trainees will be supported for two to three years, and are expected to submit an F31 or similar grant application to secure additional funding for future years. Most postdoctoral trainees will be supported for two years, and are expected to submit a K or similar grant application to support their development as a scholar.

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