People

GWADZ
Marya Gwadz, PhD
CDUHR - Director, Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing - Senior Research Scientist
Education
PhD, Clinical Psychology, New York University
MA, Psychology, New York University
BA, Psychology, University of Rochester
Research Interests
HIV/AIDS health disparities, Social/behavioral interventions, Interventions to improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum (Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain studies), The Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST), Adaptive interventions, Vulnerable adolescent and adult populations
BIO
Marya Gwadz is a licensed clinical psychologist and Senior Research Scientist at the New York University College of Nursing. Dr. Gwadz is the 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 targeted interventions to address racial/ethnic disparities in HIV/AIDS. Her work with vulnerable populations spans over two decades and has focused on vulnerable 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, 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, Leonard NR, Honig S, Freeman R, Kutnick A, Ritchie AS (2018).
Doing battle with “the monster:” How high-risk heterosexuals experience and successfully manage HIV stigma as a barrier to HIV testing
International Journal of Equity Health, 17 (1), 46. doi: 10.1186/s12939-018-0761-9.

Gwadz M, Freeman RM, Kutnick AH, Silverman E, Ritchie AS, Cleland CM, Leonard NR, Srinagesh A, Powlovich J, Bolas J (2018).
Do programs for runaway and homeless youth work? A qualitative exploration from the perspectives of youth clients in diverse settings
Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 112. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00112.

Matsuzaki M, Vu QM, Gwadz M, Delaney JAC, Kuo I, Trejo MEP, Cunningham WE, Cunningham CO, Christopoulos K (2018).
Perceived access and barriers to care among illicit drug users and hazardous drinkers: Findings from the Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain data harmonization initiative (STTR)
BMC Public Health, 18 (1), 366. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5291-2. PMCID: PMC5859651.

Leonard NR, Casarjian B, Fletcher RR, Prata C, Sherpa D, Rajan S, Salaam R, Cleland CM, Gwadz MV (2018).
Theoretically-based emotion regulation strategies using a mobile app and wearable sensor among homeless adolescent mothers: Acceptability and feasibility study
JMIIR Pediatrics and Parenting, 1 (1), e1. doi: 10.2196/pediatrics.9037.

Dunn Navarra AM, Gwadz MV, Whittemore R, Bakken SR, Cleland CM, Burleson W, Jacobs SK, Melkus GD (2017).
Health technology-enabled interventions for adherence support and retention in care among US HIV-infected adolescents and young adults: An integrative review
AIDS and Behavior, 21 (11), 3154-3171. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1867-6. PMCID: PMC5731637.


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