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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, Advancing Knowledge on Factors that Promote or Impede Engagement Along the HIV Care Continuum Over Time: A Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study of Black and Latinx Youth/Emerging Adults Living with HIV. Active
Principal Investigator, Using MOST to Optimize an HIV Care Continuum Intervention for Vulnerable Populations. Active
Principal Investigator, Using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) to Optimize an Intervention to Increase COVID-19 Testing for Black and Latino/Hispanic Frontline Essential Workers. 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

He N, Cleland CM, Gwadz M, Sherpa D, Ritchie AS, Martinez BY, Collins LM (2021).
Understanding medical distrust among African American/Black and Latino persons living with HIV with sub-optimal engagement along the HIV care continuum: A machine learning approach
SAGE Open, 11 (4). doi: 10.1177/21582440211061314.

Freeman R, Gwadz M, Francis K, Hoffeld E (2021).
Forgetting to take HIV antiretroviral therapy: A qualitative exploration of medication adherence in the third decade of the HIV epidemic in the United States
SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS, 18 (1), 113-130. doi: 10.1080/17290376.2021.1989021. PMCID: PMC8525920.

Beharie N, Leonard NR, Gwadz M (2021).
“No brokers to move out of here”: A mixed method analysis of the impact of homelessness policy and shelter governance on families residing in NYC shelters
Journal of Social Distress and Homelessness, 30 (2), 141-154. doi: 10.1080/10530789.2020.1774846. PMCID: PMC8654341.

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, 11 (8), 1596-1605. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibab032. PMCID: PMC8367018.

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, 25 (8), 2501-2516. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03212-0. PMCID: PMC7937776.


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