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Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D.

Institute Director, Marie Ward Doty Endowed Chair, Professor of Psychology, and founding Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education. Dr. Fisher is nationally recognized for generating evidence-based research ethics practices.  Among her numerous federally funded research projects are studies conducted on: informed consent for HIV vaccine trials, therapeutic misconception and research mistrust among marginalized populations, participants attitudes toward HIV research confidentiality and disclosure, influence of monetary incentives on research participation, ethical challenges of field researchers conducting drug use and HIV research, parents’ and teens’ attitudes toward risks and benefits of adolescent risk research, and health consequences of racial/ethnic discrimination distress. She is the author of Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists (3rd edition, 2013, Sage Publications); co-editor of eight books, including The Handbook of Ethical Research with Ethnocultural Populations and Communities (2006, Sage Publications) and Research with High-Risk Populations: Balancing Science, Ethics, and Law (2009, APA Publications); She has chaired numerous federal, state and organizational ethics committees include the Environmental Protection Agency's Human Studies Review Board, Children's Research Subcommittee for the DHHS Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, and the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Code Task Force. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection in 2010 and was named a 2012 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Joann Casado, J.D.
Joann Casado is the current Compliance Officer for Urban Health Plan, a federally-qualified health center network based in the Bronx. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Bronx Health Link. She has worked in the non-profit and government sector for over 25 years and spent 13 years working with men and women with HIV and AIDS, first with the Latino Commission on AIDS and then at the Hunter College Center on AIDS, Drugs and Community Health conducting a CDC-funded study on the development of a jail-based health intervention for MSM. She is the Co-PI of an NIH-funded grant to develop and implement a community-based research board in the Bronx.
Sherry Deren, Ph.D.

Sherry Deren, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist and the Director of the NIDA-funded P30 Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, located at the NYU College of Nursing. She is a social psychologist and has been Principal Investigator for many NIDA-funded research projects related to drug use and HIV. Her recent research interests have focused on multi-level influences on HIV risk behaviors among Puerto Rican drug users in Puerto Rico and NYC. She is a co-founder and steering committee member of the New York HIV Research Centers Consortium, has served on numerous NIH research review committees, is vice-chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for amfAR and is the author of many articles on HIV/AIDS prevention among high-risk substance users.
Susan Fish, PharmD
Susan Fish is Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is also the Director of the MA in Clinical Investigation program at Boston University School of Medicine. She has a long history of research in the areas of clinical toxicology and emergency medicine, and has most recently focused on research ethics in general, and application of the federal regulations for waiver of informed consent in certain emergency research circumstances. She has been an active member of many organizations, including PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research) where she serves on the Board of Directors. In addition, she served as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's first Human Studies Review Board.
Timothy Flanigan, M.D.
Dr. Flanigan is the Dean's Professor of Medical Science, Professor of Medicine,  Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice Medicine, and a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals and Brown Medical School. 
He came to Brown Medical School in 1991 to help establish a network of primary care for HIV infected individuals with a particular focus on women, substance abusers and individuals leaving prison. 
Dr. Flanigan developed the HIV Core Program at the State Prison to provide care for HIV infected individuals and link them to community based resources upon release. Over 70% of individuals in Rhode Island who are HIV infected link with primary medical care at The Immunology Center. 
Dr. Flanigan has been the PI on two special projects of national significance funded by HRSA to develop combined therapy for opiate addiction and HIV, as well as a model program of linkage to care for HIV positive person's leaving jail. He is also associate director of The Miriam/Brown Fogarty Program which trains and mentors overseas investigators in HIV/AIDS. 

Lloyd Goldsamt, Ph.D.

Lloyd A. Goldsamt, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of the Institute for International Research on Youth at Risk (IIRYAR) at NDRI, where he has conducted NIH-funded research for the past 18 years. His primary research area is HIV and STI prevention among high-risk youth populations, including men who have sex with men and injection drug users. He is currently the Principal Investigator on a NIDA-funded study developing and implementing a sexual health promotion intervention for young male sex workers in two Vietnamese cities. Dr. Goldsamt has also conducted training and program evaluations locally and nationally, focusing on drug courts and other problem solving courts. He is currently the Evaluator for the Brooklyn Treatment Court and an evaluator on an Office in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention project developing learning collaboratives for juvenile drug courts nationwide. Dr. Goldsamt is also the Evaluator for NDRI's Training Institute, and is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State.

Meredith Hanson, D.S.W.
Meredith Hanson is Director of the Ph.D. in Social Work program and Professor at Fordham University. His research and scholarship focuses on several interrelated areas including social work practice in the addictions. His publications include journal articles and book chapters on social work practice with substance abusers and evidence-based practice and social work with older substance abusers. He is co-editor of Strength and Diversity in Social Work with Groups: Think Group. Dr. Hanson teaches clinical practice courses and substance abuse courses in the MSW program. 

Kaveh Khoshnood, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Kaveh Khoshnood is Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University. Dr. Khoshnood trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and his primary research interests are the epidemiology, prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis among drug users, prisoners and other at risk populations in United States and in resource-poor countries. Dr. Khoshnood's other interests are the examination of the links among health, human rights and violent conflict and ethical dilemmas in research involving vulnerable populations. Dr. Khoshnood conducts research in U.S, China and Middle East and teaches courses on HIV/AIDS, global health and research methods and ethics.
Mark Kinzly
Mark Kinzly is Supervisor of HIV and Harm Reduction Services at Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Care Center, and former drug treatment advocate at AIDS Project Hartford. Mr. Kinzly has also served as a trainer for the National Harm Reduction Training Institute in New York City and a member of the advisory boards for the North American Syringe Exchange Network. He is a former Research Associate at Yale University’s School of Medicine/Public Health, a founding member of the Connecticut Harm Reduction Coalition, and former committee member at Yale's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health, Director of the MS Program, and Director of the Ethics & Policy Core of the HIV Center at Columbia University. He is the author or co-author of over 90 articles exploring ethical issues concerning HIV, research, and other areas, and has written seven books, including: "Being Positive: The Lives of Men and Women with HIV" & "Mortal Secrets: Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS." He has received several awards, including fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, the Aaron Diamond Foundation, the Robert Wood  Johnson Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation; and is a member of the HPTN Ethics Working Group & the US Department of Defense Research Ethics Advisory Panel. 
Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D.

Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D. is Dean of the College of Science and Health Depaul University. Prior to arriving at DePaul, he served as a professor of psychology, health sciences dean and associate provost at Simmons College. He previously served as chief psychologist at Boston Children's Hospital and Judge Baker Children's Center, and as executive director of the Linda Pollin Institute at Harvard Medical School. He remains affiliated as a senior associate in psychology at Boston Children's Hospital and lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He served as president of the American Psychological Association in 2006. Dr. Koocher is nationally and internationally recognized for his contributions to ethical and public policy issues in the science and practice of psychology and for his research in pediatric psychology and the adaptation to chronic medical illness and bereavement.  He is the founding editor of Ethics and Behavior and served as editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist. He has published more than 200 articles and book chapters and authored or edited 12 books including Ethics in Psychology: Professional Standards and Cases (now in its 3rd edition) edition) and volumes on children’s rights, whistleblowing, and ethics in cyberspace. He has served as an expert witness to the courts of 10 states and three federal jurisdictions. Koocher is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also serves on review panels for the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Mental Health. He is the first psychologist to earn five specialty diplomas from the American Boards of Professional Psychology (clinical, clinical child /adolescent, family, forensic and health psychology).

Ruth Macklin is the head of the Division of Biomedical Ethics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health. She is an international and national leader in HIV research ethics who has been an adviser to the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, and a member of the Board of Directors of  the International Association of Bioethics. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, has served as PI on a Fogarty grant on training in research ethics in America, served as co-director of an NIH Fogarty International Center training program in research ethics, and authored 14 books and over 200 publications.

Tina Maschi is an associate professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in New York City. She is the principal investigator for the research project, "Trauma, coping resources, and well-being among older adults in prison" and has presented on psychosocial factors in . She also has received intramural research grants and fellowships for her research. Dr. Maschi also has over 15 years of clinical social work and research experience in juvenile and criminal justice settings and community mental health settings. Dr. Maschi is the founding  director of the Be the Evidence Project, which aims to create awareness of human rights and social justice issues through research, advocacy, and education and recently co-sponsored the interdisciplinary conference "Aging Well with HIV: Challenges and Opportunities".  She is currently coordinator of the Human Rights and Social Justice Course Sequence and teaches research, practice, and the foundation human rights and social justice courses at the Lincoln Center and Westchester Campuses at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.

Lisa A.Marsch, Ph.D.

Lisa Marsch is the Director of the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center at Dartmouth College and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth College. She conducts research in the areas of substance abuse treatment with both adults and adolescents, substance abuse prevention with youth, and HIV prevention with various drug-using populations, including opioid-dependent adolescents.  She has also directed several projects focused on developing and evaluating computer-based preventive interventions for HIV and drug use.

E. Doyle McCarthy, Ph.D.

Doyle McCarthy is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University. She is the former chair of Fordham University's Institutional Review Board and currently serves as an IRB member. She is a nationally recognized expert on sociology and the culture of emotions, and an award winner for her work on LGBT identity and moral discourse.

Monica Rivera Mindt is the Director of Clinical Training and Professor of Psychology at Fordham University and Mount Sinai Medical Center. She conducts research on the neurocognitive and functional consequences of HIV/AIDS and health disparities among U.S. Latinos, and specifically on the neurocognitive and sociocultural aspects of antiretroviral adherence among HIV+ Latino/a adults and the neurocognitive effects of opiate replacement therapies among HIV+ and HIV- opiate users. 

Claudia Moreno, Ph.D.

Claudia Moreno is the Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program at Dominican College and a lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She conducts research on HIV prevention among Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Mexican women and couples, and is theprimary investigator for the CDC adaptation of Sisters Informing Sisters on Topics about AIDS (SISTA) for Latinas.
Brian Mustanski, Ph.D.

Brian Mustanski, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and directs the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program.  A central focus of his research is on the clustering of psychological, behavioral, and physical health, particularly as they relate to HIV in vulnerable populations. Dr. Mustanski received his doctorate in Psychology from Indiana University, where he trained extensively at the Kinsey Institute. 

Manoj Pardasani, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Manoj Pardasani is an Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of SocialService. He conducts research on HIV/AIDS prevention among sex workers in India and on community-based interventions among HIV-positive individuals, including the chronically homeless. His interests include healthcare disparities, cultural competence in HIV/AIDS research, and prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among at-risk populations.

Sean Philpott, Ph.D.

Sean Philpott is the Acting Director, Director of Research Ethics, and Assistant Professor of Bioethics in the Union-Mt. Sinai Bioethics Program, where he develops courses in research ethics and also coordinates Union Graduate College’s Fogarty-funded Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics for Central and Eastern Europe. In addition, he is currently Chair of the EPA's Human Studies Review Board. Before joining Union Graduate College he was Science and Ethics Officer for the Global Campaign for Microbicides (GCM), He also was previously Deputy Director of the Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI), Executive Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics and a long-term member of the New York State Department of Health Institutional Review Board.

Joseph G. Ponterotto, Ph.D.

Joseph Ponterotto is Professor of Counseling Psychology at Fordham University and a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor in New York State.  Dr. Ponterotto is a nationally recognized leader in education for multicultural competence in national and international research, counseling and education. 

Robert Quiles

Robert Quiles is a Community Research Worker and self taught "Street Ethnographer," specializing in street recruitment and interviewing hard to reach populations.
Michele Shedlin is a Professor at the NYU College of Nursing and formerly held the Charles H. and Shirley T. Leavell Endowed Chair in Nursing & Health Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso where she was Co-Director of the NIH Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center. She is a medical anthropologist with extensive experience in reproductive health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS research in Latin America and the U.S. Dr. Shedlin is currently involved in NIH-funded research on HIV risk for Colombian refugees in Ecuador, ARV adherence among US-Mexico border populations, acculturation and HIV risk for MSM populations and post-Katrina Latino migrant workers in New Orleans. She serves on a number of NIH study sections, and is a reviewer for various public health journals. 
Janie Simmons is an ethnographer at the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., who specializes in HIV prevention among poor women and drug users, and has worked extensively with urban, minority drug-using populations in the Northeast. She is primary investigator for NIDA-funded HIV prevention study on interpersonal and structural dynamics shaping HIV risk and drug treatment among IDU couples, and has published on ethical issues encountered by ethnographers studying street drug users in violent areas.
Jeremy Sugarman is the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine, professor of medicine, professor of Health Policy and Management, and deputy director for medicine of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins University. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of biomedical ethics with particular expertise in the application of empirical methods and evidence-based standards for the evaluation and analysis of bioethical issues. He has authored over 200 articles, reviews and book chapters, is an associate editor of Clinical Trials, a contributing editor for IRB, and is on the editorial boards of several academic journals.
Scyatta Wallace is Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology at St. John’s University. She has conducted NIH and CDC supported research focusing on the influence of neighborhood context and socio-cultural norms on HIV risk among urban Black youth, and the design and implementation of gender specific and culturally-tailored interventions to promote health and health care utilization among Black youth.  In addition, she is interested in the promotion of community consultation as a tool for addressing ethical concerns in behavioral and mental health research with vulnerable populations.  Her expertise includes qualitative and quantitative method and community based participatory research (CBPR).

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