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, and the development of trauma related cognitions associated with the discontinuity of self (self-fragmentation) that may occur in response to a traumatic life event. Her current research interest is in development, implementation and evaluation of resilience based interventions to improve self-efficacy and medical adherence, and to address psychological symptoms associated with Health Distress and its effect on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in populations living with HIV/AIDS.

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.

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.

LaDrea Ingram, Ed.D., CHES 
Dr. LaDrea Ingram is a social behavioral scientist and community health educator. She earned her doctoral degree in Health Education & Behavioral Studies from Columbia University, Teachers College. She received a Master of Arts in Government with a concentration in social policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science in Health and Medical Policy from George Mason University. Her primary research interests include psychosocial determinates to health and health disparities research.While at CHQ, LaDrea will focus her research on the cultural and social manifestations of HIV stigma in the Deep South.

Yuchen Mao, Ph.D.
Dr. Yuchen Mao earned his doctoral degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and his Master’s degree in statistics from North Carolina State University. During his studies at NCSU, he gained the expertise in biostatistics and geographic information systems, which have applications in public health. His current research focuses on longitudinal studies of people living with HIV/AIDS in both China and the United States.

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.


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