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Congratulations to Psychology Professor, Dr. Lisa Bowleg, on her new position as the Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the District of Colombia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR)

The DC CFAR is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Bowleg has joined the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Core as Director, beginning in January 2018. Dr. Bowleg is a professor of applied social psychology at the George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences whose research focuses on the effects of individual-level and social-structural factors and resilience on Black men's HIV sexual risk and protective behaviors. She is the PI/joint PI of two ongoing NIH/NIMH funded R01 studies in Washington, DC. Men Count is an intervention with unemployed and/or unstably housed Black heterosexual men. Menhood examines the effects of neighborhood and individual-level stressors and resilience on Black men's sexual risk. She is also a leading scholar of the application of intersectionality to social and behavioral science research.

As SBS Core Director, Dr. Bowleg will join the DC CFAR Executive Committee and will help shape the future of the DC CFAR's work. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bowleg to the DC CFAR leadership team!


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced $157 million in grant awards to launch a seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The ECHO program will investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development—from conception through early childhood—influences the health of children and adolescents. The NIH funding includes grants to support and extend existing longitudinal studies of children and families that examine environmental influences on children’s health outcomes. Among the grant awards is $3.2 million in funding over a two-year period to a pediatric cohort led Jody Ganiban, professor of clinical psychology in the Columbian College, Jenae Neiderhiser, professor of psychology at Penn State, and Leslie Leve, professor and associate dean for research and faculty development at the University of Oregon. This award includes the possibility of annual grant extensions through the life of the ECHO initiative.

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