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Student & Alumni Achievements

Florida: Doctoral Student Receives NIDA Grant for Study of Pain and Marijuana Use Among People with HIV

Mr. Verlin Joseph, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine, has received a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) F31 Fellowship for a project titled, “Patterns of Marijuana Use for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency virus (AIDS) Pain Management: A Mixed Methods Approach.”

Mr. Joseph’s project seeks to identify biological, social, psychological and substance use predictors of pain severity among people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS; assess predictors of cannabis use disorder among those reporting pain; and conduct thematic open-ended interviews targeting marijuana use for severe pain. The training goals focus on gaining clinical trial experience in measuring pain, enhancing conceptual and practical understanding of how marijuana affects pain in people living with HIV/AIDS, and developing professional skills, including first authored manuscript production, scientific presentations and grant writing.