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, Supporting Treatment Adherence for Resilience and Thriving (START): A mHealth Intervention to Improve ART Adherence for HIV-Positive Stimulant-Using Men. Active
Principal Investigator, A Tailored Approach to Promoting Engagement in Public Health. Completed


Walsh JL, Quinn KG, Hirshfield S, John SA, Algiers O, Al-Shalby K, Giuca AM, McCarthy C, Petroll AE (2024).
Acceptability, feasibility, and preliminary impact of 4 remotely-delivered interventions for rural older adults living with HIV
AIDS and Behavior, 28 (4), 1401-1414. doi: 10.1007/s10461-023-04227-5.

Guo Y, Westmoreland DA, D'Angelo AB, Mirzayi C, Dearolf M, Ray M, Carneiro PB, Pantalone DW, Carrico AW, Patel VV, Golub SA, Hirshfield S, Hoover DR, Nash D, Grov C (2024).
PrEP uptake and methamphetamine use patterns in a 4-year U.S. national prospective cohort study of sexual and gender minority people, 2017-2022
AIDS and Behavior [Epub 2024 Mar 4]. doi: 10.1007/s10461-024-04306-1.

Guo Y, Westmoreland DA, D'Angelo A, Mirzayi C, Dearolf M, Carneiro PB, Ray M, Pantalone DW, Carrico AW, Patel VV, Golub SA, Hirshfield S, Hoover D, Nash D, Grov C (2024).
PrEP discontinuation in a US national cohort of sexual and gender minority populations, 2017-22
Health Affairs, 43 (3), 443-451. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2023.00867.

Dorshimer M, Hirshfield S, Mayer J, Aidala AA (2024).
Examining concordance between self-report and biomedical HIV viral load data: A scoping review
AIDS and Behavior, 28 (1), 93-104. doi: 10.1007/s10461-023-04136-7.

Diaz JE, Preciado E, Chiasson MA, Hirshfield S (2023).
Association between age of anal sex debut and adult health behaviors among sexual minoritized men living with HIV
Archives of Sexual Behavior, 52 (8), 3565-3575. doi: 10.1007/s10508-023-02642-2.


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.

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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