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John Schneider, MD, MPH

Director

Dr. John Schneider MD, MPH is an infectious disease specialist and network epidemiologist in the Departments of Medicine and Health Studies. His NIH funded research focuses on how social networks can be leveraged to improve the health of at risk populations in resource restricted settings. Clinically, he specializes in adolescent and adult HIV primary care and has a specific interest in provision of high-quality care to LGBT community members. He has extensive experience with advancing the physician patient relationship in resource restricted settings, including his current clinic at a Federally Qualified Health Center on the South Side of Chicago and during his time working in Southern India.

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Dr. Schneider’s research employs social and sexual network analysis to accelerate prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Sexually Transmitted Infections among high-risk male adolescents and younger adults in resource restricted settings. This research program was fostered by a unique co-mentorship structure with Ken Mayer and Ed Laumann (internationally recognized leaders in HIV prevention science and sexual network analysis respectively) during his post-doctoral fellowship and career development awards. With support from a Lancet international fellowship, his HIV research program started in South India where he lived and worked focusing upon community-based HIV prevention among mobile high-risk men including long-distance truck-drivers and men who have sex with men. His work now operationalizes novel prevention intervention strategies in resource restricted settings through: 1) rigorous social network assessment; and 2) leveraging social network structures as human interventions integrated with biomedical prevention. He has expertise in using technology-supported network approaches, such as cell phones and Facebook, to recruit and retain difficult to reach populations into HIV prevention studies both in the United States and India. Using these methods, he has completed some of the first formal network analyses of Black MSM as part of an interdisciplinary team at CCHE. He also has experience assessing the acceptability, willingness to use and modeled efficacy of most prevention methods proposed for high-risk men. This work is continuously informed and improved by his clinical work in a major epicenter of the domestic HIV epidemic. Dr. Schneider also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, including biking, birdwatching and trekking. Learn more.

Alida Bouris, PhD, MSW

Co-Director

Alida M. Bouris is an Associate Professor in the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Her primary research area is in the development of family-based interventions to prevent HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and unplanned pregnancies among Latino and African American adolescents and young adults. She also is working on the development of family-based interventions to support the health and well-being of sexual minority youth. Within these areas of research, Professor Bouris is primarily working with African American and Latino young men who have sex with men and with Latino adolescents and young adults.

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At SSA, Professor Bouris teaches courses on social work practice and cognitive-behavioral therapy. She has published extensively in the field of adolescent health and HIV prevention and is Co-Principal Investigator of the newly developed STI and HIV Intervention Network (SHINE) at SSA. Professor Bouris’s research has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Her current research is examining the role of families in supporting the sexual and mental health of young MSM.  Learn more.

Jahari Stamps

Jahari Stamps

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JUMP! Intern

Jahari Stamps (he/him/his) is an active member in the LGBT community since he was 15 years old. Jahari started off dancing in pageants because of his background as a dancer under the tutelage and guidance of Tiffany Monique (RIP), Indigo Blue (RIP), and Victoria LePeige. After a few years of dancing in pageants and becoming of age, Jahari entered into the ballroom and is currently the Mother of the House of Moskow. Aside from being an active member in the community, (Sitting member of SHARP, Community Participant of CASHIC, Former Creative Director, Choreographer, and Dance Instructor of VOICES South Side Safe Space), he is also a Unit Secretary at Roseland Community Hospital where he is also a Union Steward with SEIU.

Pharoh Swain

Pharoh Swain

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Pharoh Swain is a HIV/STI testing intern with CCHE. Pharoh will be doing testing for walk-in clients and research participants at The Village. Pharoh started with the center this past month and will be with us for a year.  

Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor

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Clinical Social Worker, Infectious Diseases Clinic

Michelle has been the social worker for the Section of Infectious Diseases and the HIV clinic at the University of Chicago for fourteen years. She is also the lead linkage to care coordinator for the Expanded HIV Testing and Linkage to Care Initiative (xTLC) and is often the first contact for new patients. Michelle received her Master’s in Social Work from Tulane University. 

Ziggy Uvin

Ziggy Uvin

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Research Assistant

Ziggy Uvin is a Research Assistant for Dr. Moira McNulty’s projects. Here is a little bit about Ziggy: I go by my middle name: Ziggy. My parents chose to name me Ziggy because my father is a huge fan of David Bowie’s alter ego: Ziggy Stardust. I grew up in the suburbs of Boston and then went to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD for college. At Hopkins, I studied Neuroscience and I graduated in May of 2019. My hobbies include reading, cooking, and photography.