Sabina Hirshfield
Sabina Hirshfield, PhD
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University - Principal Research Scientist & Visiting Associate Professor
PhD, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
MA, Sociology, St. John’s University
BA, Sociology, SUNY Binghamton
Research Interests
eHealth and mHealth HIV prevention interventions, Health disparities among sexual, gender, and racial/ethnic minorities, Stimulant and other substance use
Sabina Hirshfield is a Principal Research Scientist and Visiting Associate Professor at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, School of Medicine. Since 2018, she has been Chair of the Community Health Advisory & Information Network (CHAIN) Project, an ongoing study of persons living with HIV in the New York City and tri-county areas. For nearly two decades, Dr. Hirshfield has been conducting video-based eHealth and mHealth HIV prevention research and interventions, reaching thousands of individuals living with, or at-risk for, HIV, including those who inject drugs. Her current focus is on biomedical HIV prevention strategies, including home collection of dried blood spots for lab-quantified viral load, through a health disparities lens. A continual goal of Dr. Hirshfield’s research is to improve inclusion and engagement of racial and ethnic minority populations, with a particular focus on sexual minority men.
Principal Investigator, A Tailored Approach to Promoting Engagement in Public Health. Active
Principal Investigator, Supporting Treatment Adherence for Resilience and Thriving (START): A mHealth Intervention to Improve ART Adherence for HIV-Positive Stimulant-Using Men. Active


Hirshfield S, Lewis KE, Silver M, Gordon RJ (2021).
Interpersonal stigma, mental health, and sexual compulsivity among an online U.S. sample of men who have sex with men living with HIV
AIDS and Behavior [Epub 2021 Oct 26]. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03489-1.

Meyers-Pantele SA, Sullivan P, Mansergh G, Hirshfield S, Stephenson R, Horvath KJ (2021).
Race-based medical mistrust, HIV-related stigma, and ART adherence in a diverse sample of men who have sex with men with HIV
AIDS and Behavior [Epub 2021 Oct 20]. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03500-9.

Cordoba E, Idnay B, Garofalo R, Kuhns LM, Pearson C, Bruce J, Batey DS, Radix A, Belkind U, Hidalgo MA, Hirshfield S, Rodriguez RG, Schnall R (2021).
Examining the Information Systems Success (ISS) of a mobile sexual health app (MyPEEPS Mobile) from the perspective of very young men who have sex with men (YMSM)
International Journal of Medical Informatics, 153, 104529. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2021.104529. PMCID: PMC8487398.

Eastwood EA, Nace AJ, Hirshfield S, Birnbaum JM (2021).
Young transgender women of color: Homelessness, poverty, childhood sexual abuse and implications for HIV care
AIDS and Behavior, 25 (Suppl 1), 96-106. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02753-9.

Teran RA, Sobieszczyk ME, Chiasson MA, Uhlemann AC, Weidler J, Shah JG, Chang JY, Otto C, Hirshfield S (2021).
Longitudinal viral load monitoring using home-collected dried blood spot specimens of MSM living with HIV: Results from a feasibility pilot study
AIDS and Behavior, 25 (3), 661-666. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-03030-w. PMCID: PMC7480630.


Hirshfield S, Downing MJ, Chiasson MA, Yoon IS, Houang ST, Teran RA, Grov C, Sullivan PS, Gordon RJ, Hoover DR, Parsons JT (2019).
Evaluation of Sex Positive! a video eHealth intervention for men living with HIV
AIDS and Behavior, 23 (11), 3103-3118. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02498-5. PMCID: PMC6803061.

Hirshfield S, Teran RA, Downing MJ, Chiasson MA, Tieu HV, Dize L, Gaydos CA (2018).
Quantification of HIV-1 RNA among men who have sex with men using an at-home self-collected dried blood spot specimen: Feasibility study
JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 4 (4), e10847. doi: 10.2196/10847. PMCID: PMC6238105.

Yu G, Wall MM, Chiasson MA, Hirshfield S (2015).
Complex drug use patterns and associated HIV transmission risk behaviors in an internet sample of U.S. men who have sex with men
Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44 (2), 421-428. doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0337-8. PMCID: PMC4381804.

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