People

Marya Gwadz
Marya Gwadz, PhD
CDUHR - Associate Director, Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core
NYU Silver School of Social Work - Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Education
PhD, Clinical Psychology, New York University
MA, Psychology, New York University
BA, Psychology, University of Rochester
Research Interests
Health inequity, Social/behavioral interventions, Culturally salient interventions, Interventions to improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum (Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain studies), Peer-driven interventions, The Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST), Adaptive interventions, Adolescent and adult populations in high-risk contexts, HIV, Substance use, Poverty
BIO
Marya Gwadz is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Dean for Research and Professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Gwadz is an Associate Director of the Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core of the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, in which she has played a leadership role since 2005. The main focus of Dr. Gwadz’s research is the development and evaluation of potent, innovative, multi-level culturally salient interventions to address racial/ethnic and socio-economic disparities in HIV. Her work with populations in high-risk contexts spans over two decades and has focused on sub-groups such as runaway/homeless youth, young men who have sex with men (YMSM), heterosexuals at high risk for HIV, substance-using populations, low socioeconomic status populations, and persons of color living with HIV/AIDS.
Projects
Principal Investigator, Using MOST to Optimize an HIV Care Continuum Intervention for Vulnerable Populations. Active
Principal Investigator, Adaption to High School among Affluent Youth: Stress and Effective Coping Strategies. Completed
Principal Investigator, Addressing Health Disparities in HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials (ACT Project). Completed
Principal Investigator, Advancing Research on Youth Settings by Exploring Program Quality and Outcomes for Runaway/Homeless Youth. Completed
Principal Investigator, Development of Intervention Components to Increase Engagement in Care among Youth with HIV. Completed
Principal Investigator, Integrating Behavioral Skills with a Mobile Biosensor for At-Risk Teen Mothers. Completed
Principal Investigator, Intervention to Increase Timely Initiation of HAART among Those who Delay/Decline. Completed
Principal Investigator, Interventions for HIV-Positive Mothers with Drinking Problems (The Family First Intervention). Completed
Principal Investigator, Peer-Driven Intervention to Enroll Minorities/Women in HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials (ACT2). Completed
Principal Investigator, Peer-Driven Intervention to Seek, Test & Treat Heterosexuals at High Risk for HIV. Completed
Principal Investigator, Recent Changes in HIV Testing Recommendations: Impact on Youth at Risk. Completed
Principal Investigator, Wellness Wise: Unpacking and Understanding the Management of Co-Morbidities among Persons of Color Living with HIV. Completed
Publications

Recent

Gwadz M, Campos S, Freeman R, Cleland CM, Wilton L, Sherpa D, Ritchie AS, Hawkins RL, Allen JY, Martinez BY, Dorsen C, Collins LM, Hroncich T, Cluesman SR, Leonard NR (2021).
Black and Latino persons living with HIV evidence risk and resilience in the context of COVID-19: A mixed-methods study of the early phase of the pandemic
AIDS and Behavior, 25 (5), 1340-1360. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03177-0. PMCID: PMC7873114.

Windsor LC, Benoit E, Pinto RM, Gwadz M, Thompson W (2021).
Enhancing behavioral intervention science: Using community-based participatory research principles with the multiphase optimization strategy
Translational Behavioral Medicine [Epub 2021 Apr 10]. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibab032.

Katz IT, Bogart LM, Fitzmaurice GM, Staggs VS, Gwadz MV, Bassett IV, Cross A, Courtney I, Tsolekile L, Panda R, Steck S, Bangsberg DR, Orrell C, Goggin K (2021).
The Treatment Ambassador Program: A highly acceptable and feasible community-based peer intervention for South Africans living with HIV who delay or discontinue antiretroviral therapy
AIDS and Behavior, 25 (4), 1129-1143. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-03063-1. PMCID: PMC7979476.

Frye V, Nandi V, Paige MQ, McCrossin J, Lucy D, Gwadz M, Sullivan PS, Hoover DR, Wilton L (2021).
TRUST: Assessing the efficacy of an intervention to increase HIV self-testing among young Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and transwomen
AIDS and Behavior, 25 (4), 1219-1235. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-03091-x. PMCID: PMC7666714.

Cleland CM, Gwadz M, Collins LM, Wilton L, Sherpa D, Dorsen C, Leonard NR, Cluesman SR, Martinez BY, Ritchie AS, Ayvazyan M (2021).
African American/Black and Latino adults with detectable HIV viral load evidence substantial risk for polysubstance substance use and co-occurring problems: A latent class analysis
AIDS and Behavior [Epub 2021 Mar 8]. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03212-0.


Notable

Gwadz M, Cleland CM, Applegate E, Belkin M, Gandhi M, Salomon N, Banfield A, Leonard N, Riedel M, Wolfe H, Pickens I, Bolger K, Bowens D, Perlman D, Mildvan D (2015).
Behavioral intervention improves treatment outcomes among HIV-infected individuals who have delayed, declined, or discontinued antiretroviral therapy: A randomized controlled trial of a novel intervention
AIDS and Behavior, 19 (10), 1801-1807. doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1054-6. PMCID: PMC4567451.

Gwadz M, Cleland CM, Belkin M, Ritchie A, Leonard N, Riedel M, Banfield A, Colon P, Elharrar V, Kagan J, Mildvan D (2014).
ACT2 peer-driven intervention increases enrollment into HIV/AIDS medical studies among African Americans/Blacks and Hispanics: A cluster randomized controlled trial
AIDS and Behavior, 18 (12), 2409-2422. doi: 10.1007/s10461-014-0829-5. PMCID: PMC4451823.

Gwadz MV, Gostnell K, Smolenski C, Willis B, Nish D, Nolan TC, Tharaken M, Ritchie AS (2009).
The initiation of homeless youth into the street economy
Journal of Adolescence, 32 (2), 357-377. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2008.01.004.

Dr. Gwadz's MyBibliography Profile
Selected Press