Ben is currently a medical student at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. He served nine years in the U.S. Army as a Chinese and French linguist. He then spent three years as a U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer in Mali and China. He graduated with an A.A. in Mandarin Chinese from the Defense Language Institute in 2002, magna cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from Hawaii Pacific University in 2006, and a pre-medical certificate from Goucher College in 2016. He worked for two years with President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) across Mali to expand HIV testing and treatment on military bases, and he worked with the Chinese Aibai NGO in Sichuan to destigmatize HIV infection in Southwest China and advocate for progressive government policy regarding HIV/AIDS. With Dr John Schneider and in partnership with several Greek physicians and NGOs, Ben’s is working on a research project that explores the network characteristics of Athenian MSM especially in regards to assortativity of risk-behaviors. He is originally from Colorado and lives in Chicago with his partner who works at the Israeli consulate and their dog, Osiris. Ben is interested in a career as an Infectious Disease physician and global health.
Yen-Tyng Chen is a postdoctoral scholar and a trained behavioral scientist. She completed her PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University in 2016. She was an ORISE postdoctoral fellow at Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before she joins CCHE. Her research interests and areas of expertise include HIV risk and prevention, substance use, and place-based multilevel research. Yen-Tyng’s doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between place-based characteristics and underage drinking in Taiwan using a mixed methods approach. Currently, She manages a project that examines how neighborhoods and network determinants influence PrEP adherence among young Black MSM in Chicago as well as participating in analyses on other cohort projects at CCHE.
Jared is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago studying Biology and Chinese. He is interested in working in public health and is excited to be involved in a few different projects at CCHE, including "StepUp TestUp" and "Your Voice! Your Health!".
Shirish is a Pritzker School of Medicine student interested in global health. He is currently working on a project examining how skin color is related to network positions among a group of Indian men who have sex with men in South India.
Santhoshini is an undergraduate at the University of Chicago who is studying biology and is interested in public health and community based research. Santhoshini had been working as the HIV FOCUS project intern conducting post-test counseling with HIV negative patients, and is currently transitioning to helping out with a few different projects at CCHE including the PrEP Chicago project.
Kellie is a medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She is currently working on a project assessing the impact of social network attitudes and experiences of stigma on PrEP awareness and use in men who have sex with men. Her previous experience includes HIV-related research and program implementation work for the US Office of Rural Health Policy, as well as instrument development and semi-structured interviews to investigate the sexual and reproductive health needs of young HIV+ women in South Africa. She is particularly interested in prevention science focusing on HIV in an international context, as well as the clinical practice of HIV care. Kellie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University.
Travis Walker is a temporary Research Assistant for CCHE with a primary focus on the LBGT Families of Chicago. Being the FOC Intern (Families of Chicago) he helps with getting the message out to the community about safe sex, PrEP and HIV prevention, and different events and services that "The Village" has to offer. Travis attended Moraine Valley Community College and Columbia College to study Theatre and Dance. Since landing the position at The Village, he plans to further his career in Public Health. He has taken on an interest in making a difference in the lives of young adults within the LGBT community and also educating others about safe sex and HIV prevention.
Tim is a medical student at Florida State University College of Medicine. As an undergraduate at University of Chicago, Tim first met Dr. Schneider in 2009. During this time, Tim began work as a volunteer on a pilot study that explored patterns of HIV prevention service utilization and went on to write his senior honor’s thesis on this project with Dr. Schneider as his mentor. After graduating from the University of Chicago in 2011, Tim taught 9th grade Biology at Johnson College Prep on Chicago’s south side for two years with Teach For America. Tim then returned to CCHE where he worked on a variety of projects including Project nGage, the Transmission Reduction Intervention Project, and PrEP Chicago. As a medical student, funding from the HIVMA Medical Student Program enable Tim to explore goal-setting in PrEP Chicago. Tim is interested in a career as an Infectious Disease physician and is thrilled to continue to be a part of the team at the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination.
Lindsay is a Postdoctoral Scholar. Her work examines the roles played by communication networks in bringing attention to and solving important social problems, particularly within marginalized and hard to reach communities. Specifically, Lindsay’s research underscores three crucial roles that communication networks play toward affecting social and behavioral changes: (1) networks as diffusion mechanisms through which innovative ideas and practices spread, (2) networks as systems of social and emotional support to be leveraged during the change process, and (3) networks as means and outcomes of mobilization strategies to affect change at the institutional level. Other relevant research interests include civil society organizations, community development and well-being, social capital, and collective action dynamics. Prior to joining the CCHE research team, Lindsay was a doctoral student at Northwestern University in the Media, Technology, and Society Program, where she was a member of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Lab. There, she managed two projects that explored the network contexts of collective action around environmental sustainability issues. She completed her Doctoral degree in August 2014.