Marya Gwadz
Marya Gwadz, PhD
CDUHR - Associate Director, Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core
NYU Silver School of Social Work - Professor and Associate Dean for Research
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
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.
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 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, Using MOST to Optimize an HIV Care Continuum Intervention for Vulnerable Populations. Completed
Principal Investigator, Wellness Wise: Unpacking and Understanding the Management of Co-Morbidities among Persons of Color Living with HIV. Completed


Dunn Navarra AM, Rosenberg MG, Gormley M, Bakken S, Fletcher J, Whittemore R, Gwadz M, Cleland C, Melkus GD (2023).
Feasibility and acceptability of the Adherence Connection Counseling, Education, and Support (ACCESS) Proof of Concept: A peer-led, mobile health (mHealth) cognitive behavioral antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence intervention for HIV-infected (HIV+) adolescents and young adults (AYA)
AIDS and Behavior, 27 (6), 1807-1823. doi: 10.1007/s10461-022-03913-0. PMCID: PMC9792943 .

Jennings L, West RL, Halim N, Kaiser JL, Gwadz M, MacLeod WB, Gifford AL, Haberer JE, Orrell C, Sabin LL (2023).
Protocol for an evaluation of adherence monitoring and support interventions among people initiating antiretroviral therapy in Cape Town, South Africa -a multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) approach using a fractional factorial design
Trials, 24 (1), 310. doi: 10.1186/s13063-023-07322-z. PMCID: PMC10163747 .

Ssewamala FM, Sauceda JA, Brathwaite R, Neilands TB, Nabunya P, Brown D, Sensoy Bahar O, Namuwonge F, Nakasujja N, Mugarura A, Mwebembezi A, Nartey P, Mukasa B, Gwadz M (2023).
Suubi + Adherence4Youth: A study protocol to optimize the Suubi Intervention for Adherence to HIV treatment for youth living with HIV in Uganda
BMC Public Health, 23 (1), 717. doi: 10.1186/s12889-023-15564-4. PMCID: PMC10116736.

Doran KM, Welch AE, Jeffers A, Kepler KL, Chambless D, Cowan E, Wittman I, Regina A, Chang TE, Parraga S, Tapia J, Diaz C, Gwadz M, Cleland CM, McNeely J (2023).
Study protocol for a multisite randomized controlled trial of a peer navigator intervention for emergency department patients with nonfatal opioid overdose
Contemporary Clinical Trials, 126, 107111. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2023.107111.

Sauceda JA, Lechuga J, Ramos ME, Puentes J, Ludwig-Barron N, Salazar J, Christopoulos KA, Johnson MO, Gomez D, Covarrubias R, Hernandez J, Montelongo D, Ortiz A, Rojas J, Ramos L, Avila I, Gwadz MV, Neilands TB (2023).
A factorial experiment grounded in the multiphase optimization strategy to promote viral suppression among people who inject drugs on the Texas-Mexico border: A study protocol
BMC Public Health, 23 (1), 307. doi: 10.1186/s12889-023-15172-2. PMCID: PMC9921633.


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.

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