The University of South Carolina’s 28th President Harris Pastides, joined by Vice Provost P. Allen Miller, Dean G. Thomas Chandler, and the South Carolina Smartstate Center for Healthcare Quality (CHQ) faculty and staff, celebrated the NIH funded project titled, “Big Data Analytics of HIV Treatment Gaps in South Carolina: Identification and Prediction” funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) secured by Dr. Xiaoming Li (PI) and Dr. Bankole Olatosi (PI), in collaboration with Dr. Jianjun Hu, Dr. Sharon Weissman, and Dr. Jiajia Zhang. The celebration also included new team members that recently joined CHQ. (September 1, 2017)
Crystal Stafford, DrPH
Dr. Stafford received her Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Texas (UT) School Of Public Health, Houston. She has experience as a public health practitioner in communities (rural and metropolitan), the nonprofit sector and working with veteran populations. Her research interests include, community based health services for HIV and STI treatment and prevention, chronic disease management among disadvantaged and vulnerable populations and developing interventions to improve health care outcomes.
Michelle Deming, Ph.D.
Dr. Michelle Deming earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of South Carolina, and her Master’s Degree in Public Sociology at the University of North Carolina (Wilmington). Her primary research interest lies in addressing HIV-related stigma as it intersects with other stigmatized identities. During her time at the CHQ, she will focus on the development of interventions and measurement related to HIV stigma.
Amir Bhochhibhoya, Ph.D.
Dr. Amir Bhochhibhoya completed his Ph.D. in Health and Exercise Science and M.S. in Health Promotion from the University of Oklahoma. He also received his Masters of Business Administration from the Oklahoma State University. His area of interest is in designing and evaluating theory-based health education and health promotion programs. His current research focuses on developing and implementing a mindfulness based intervention for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Joi Anderson, Ph.D., LMSW
Dr. Joi Anderson earned her Ph.D. in Social Work research at the University of South Carolina, and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Youngstown State University. Her research interest is in the area of trauma-related cognitions and discontinuity of self as a response to trauma; and, how these factors influence future oriented behavior. Her current research interest is in development, implementation and evaluation of resilience based interventions to address trauma in populations living with HIV/AIDS and made vulnerable by parental HIV/AIDS.