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


Cordoba E, Garofalo R, Kuhns LM, Pearson CR, Batey DS, Bruce J, Radix A, Belkind U, Hidalgo MA, Hirshfield S, Schnall R (2023).
A cross-sectional study of perceived stress and racial discrimination among a national sample of young men who have sex with men
Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 34 (3), 226-237. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000407.

Patel SN, Chavez PR, Borkowf CB, Sullivan PS, Sharma A, Teplinskiy I, Delaney KP, Hirshfield S, Wesolowski LG, McNaghten AD, MacGowan RJ (2023).
Distribution of HIV self-tests by men who have sex with men (MSM) to social network associates
AIDS and Behavior, 27 (5), 1716-1725. doi: 10.1007/s10461-022-03903-2. PMCID: PMC9628448.

Hirshfield S, Birnbaum JM, Turner D, Roberson M, Bailey MM, Smith MDR, Nelson LE (2023).
An innovative adaptation of an HIV status-neutral, community-informed, socioemotional asset-building intervention with the House Ball Community
Health Promotion Practice, 24 (3), 398-400. doi: 10.1177/15248399221140794.

Hong C, Huh D, Schnall R, Garofalo R, Kuhns LM, Bruce J, Batey DS, Radix A, Belkind U, Hidalgo MA, Hirshfield S, Pearson CR (2023).
Changes in high-risk sexual behavior, HIV and other STI testing, and PrEP use during the COVID-19 pandemic in a longitudinal cohort of adolescent men who have sex with men 13 to 18 years old in the United States
AIDS and Behavior, 27 (4), 1133-1139. doi: 10.1007/s10461-022-03850-y. PMCID: PMC9511439.

Walsh JL, John SA, Quinn KG, Hirshfield S, O'Neil A, Petroll AE (2023).
Factors associated with quality of life, depressive symptoms, and perceived stress among rural older adults living with HIV in the United States
Journal of Rural Health, 39 (2), 488-498. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12730. PMCID: PMC10038895.


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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