Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)


Dr. Tarantino is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and a Sr. Research Scientist at Rhode Island Hospital in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He received his PhD in clinical and community psychology from Georgia State University in 2016. His research is centered on the development of HIV-focused biobehavioral interventions for  young people in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. He also has clinical and research interests in adolescent risk behavior, substance use, suicidality, and family-based prevention interventions. He is a licensed psychologist who currently works with adult patients living with HIV and court-involved adolescents. In addition, Dr. Tarantino is an active member of his department's Diversity Committee. 

Currently, Dr. Tarantino serves as the Principal Investigator of a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (K23MH114632). The five-year project involves the creation and evaluation of a game-based, text message-delivered intervention to promote adherence to HIV care among older adolescents and young adults living with HIV in the West African country of Ghana. 

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