Kristi E. Gamarel Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)

Kristi E. Gamarel received her graduate training (PhD in 2014) in social psychology at Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with an emphasis on health psychology and relationship science. Upon graduation, she took a position as a postdoctoral research fellow at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital on the Child and Adolescent Biobehavioral HIV training grant (T32MH078788; PI: Brown) where she “cross-trained” at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS). In 2016, Dr. Gamarel was appointed to faculty in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and CAAS at Brown University’s School of Public Health.

Dr. Gamarel's research focuses on how stigma and interpersonal, relationship factors are associated with HIV and substance use outcomes among lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) communities and those disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. She is particularly interested in developing and adapting evidence-based bio-behavioral interventions addressing HIV and substance use for, with, and by LGBTQI communities that empower and draw on the inherent strengths of these communities.

She currently serves as a Statistician on Brown University’s Sexual Minority Populations Core, an NIAAA-funded resource core to extend and enhance the Brown University Alcohol Research Center on HIV by directing research and programmatic activities to meet the needs of racially/ethnically diverse sexual and gender minority populations (U24AA022000; PI: Operario). She is also a Co-Investigator on a five-year R01 from NIDA to examine trajectories of non-prescribed hormone and substance use among transgender people, with a particular focus on the social and contextual influences of substance use behaviors (R01DA039971; PIs: Nemoto & Operario). 

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