Monthly Seminar Series

June CFAR Seminar: Renee Heffron with ESI Caravella McCuistian

Online Location


Keynote: Renee Heffron, PhD

The path ahead for HIV prevention: delivering what we have while forging ahead with new product development  

Renee A. Heffron, PhD, MPH (she, her) 
Jim Straley Endowed Professor of Medicine, Heersink School of Medicine 
Director, Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) 
University of Alabama Birmingham

Renee Heffron, Professor of Medicine at UAB, is an applied clinical epidemiologist and HIV prevention researcher with experience that incorporates design and execution of clinical trials, implementation science, behavioral science, and qualitative research. She leads numerous research projects focused on biomedical HIV prevention using pre-exposure prophylaxis including studies of novel products and optimizing delivery of efficacious products with close collaborations in Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. She is the Director of the Center for AIDS Research at UAB, a center with a 35-year history of supporting HIV research across disciplines of basic, clinical, implementation, and community sciences. Throughout her career she has been a mentor to dozens of trainees including doctoral students, fellows, and early career investigators at US and African institutions.

ESI Presentation: Caravella McCuistian

HIV Prevention for Black Women Who Use Substances: Cultural Adaptation, Community Engagement, and Technology-Based Interventions

Caravella McCuistian, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Division of Substance Abuse and Addiction Medicine (DSAAM) 
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 
University of California, San Francisco

Caravella McCuistian is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. McCuistian’s research interests include addressing health disparities among underserved populations including substance-using populations, racial/ethnic minorities, women, and individuals living with HIV. She has conducted research that utilizes community-engaged methodology, including community-based participatory research, to develop behavioral interventions to address health inequities such HIV prevention among people accessing substance use disorder treatment. Dr. McCuistian is also interested in addressing health disparities in novel ways such as leveraging technology to provide interventions to underserved communities.