The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington is continuing its historical role as a highly-regarded hub for social and behavioral science research on human sexuality and HIV/AIDS. Dr. LaDonna BlueEye and Dr. Brian Dodge, both of the department of applied health science, have been selected as fellow and mentor in the HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Underrepresented New Investigators (HISTP) at Columbia University. The HISTP is a highly prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded training program that aims to promote the growth of scientists from underrepresented groups conducting HIV dissemination and implementation research.
The HISTP is based on an innovative set of multidisciplinary mentored training activities, aimed at facilitating the development of a new generation of faculty from underrepresented groups who will conduct dissemination and implementation research to ensure that effective and culturally-congruent HIV prevention and treatment interventions reach underserved HIV vulnerable populations. The fellowship includes two years of support via innovative dual mentorship structure (at both Columbia University and the fellow’s home institution, monthly training seminars and workshops, support to attend conferences, biannual week-long intensive training institutes for fellows and mentors, grant writing assistance including peer review and production support, and access to the HISTP’s library of NIH-funded grants, protocols, instruments, articles, and presentations.
In addition to programmatic activities, Dr. BlueEye will receive a $20,000 pilot research grant from NIH, for which she has proposed an exploratory study of American Indian bisexual men. Dr. Dodge, who is a nationally recognized expert on bisexuality, will serve as her local mentor throughout the duration of the fellowship. In addition to having an impact on a dramatically understudied and underserved population, both Drs. Dodge and BlueEye are grateful for the opportunity to represent Indiana University in the Ivy League.