This proposal requests continued funding for a unique and highly successful predoctoral research training program situated in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. This program aims to prepare students for research and teaching careers focused on the historical, social, and culture dimensions of gender and sexuality as they impact on reproductive and sexual health both nationally and globally. The size of our highly qualified applicant pool and the success of our trainees in obtaining alternative funding for their dissertation research lead us to request an increase from the current four to five funded training slots. Nationally, sexual and reproductive health indicators continue to lag behind those of other developed countries. Globally, the burden of disease and death associated with HIV, sexually transmitted infections, maternal and infant mortality represents an urgent problem. Trainees in this multidisciplinary program follow a theoretically and methodologically rigorous curriculum consisting of (1) rigorous disciplinary training in anthropology, sociology, psychology, history or political science comparable to that received by Ph.D. candidates in Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences;(2) a two-semester specially-designed course in the major traditions in social theory that undergird contemporary practice in the sociomedical sciences and its application to health-related research;(3) training in epidemiology and biostatistics;(4) a course in the biological bases of sexual and reproductive health;(5) a minimum of two additional courses specifically focused on contemporary theoretical approaches and substantive topics in gender, sexuality, and health;(6) an ongoing faculty-trainee seminar in gender, sexuality, and health;(7) a required course in research ethics;8) a research apprenticeship supervised by program faculty;(9) doctoral research focused on a topic in gender, sexuality, and health. This program's core and resource faculty are drawn from the disciplines listed above plus medicine, epidemiology, social work, and public policy.

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This is a research training program aimed to prepare predoctoral students for careers that will contribute to the advancement of knowledge concerning how societal, cultural, and historical influences shape sexual and reproductive health. Students completing this program will be prepared to conduct research that addresses the burden of death and disease associated with sexuality and reproduction and to inspire the next generation of scholars to work in this field.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Institutional National Research Service Award (T32)
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Day, Jack K; Perez-Brumer, Amaya; Russell, Stephen T (2018) Safe Schools? Transgender Youth's School Experiences and Perceptions of School Climate. J Youth Adolesc 47:1731-1742
Oldenburg, Catherine E; Perez-Brumer, Amaya G; Reisner, Sari L et al. (2018) Human rights protections and HIV prevalence among MSM who sell sex: Cross-country comparisons from a systematic review and meta-analysis. Glob Public Health 13:414-425
Abu-Odeh, Desiree; Martos, Alexander J; Sheffer, Christine E (2017) Teaching population health to medical students through the community health assessment. Educ Prim Care 28:237-242
Oldenburg, Catherine E; Biello, Katie B; Perez-Brumer, Amaya G et al. (2017) HIV testing practices and the potential role of HIV self-testing among men who have sex with men in Mexico. Int J STD AIDS 28:242-249
Kitayama, Ken; Segura, Eddy R; Lake, Jordan E et al. (2017) Syphilis in the Americas: a protocol for a systematic review of syphilis prevalence and incidence in four high-risk groups, 1980-2016. Syst Rev 6:195
Reisner, Sari L; Perez-Brumer, Amaya G; McLean, Sarah A et al. (2017) Perceived Barriers and Facilitators to Integrating HIV Prevention and Treatment with Cross-Sex Hormone Therapy for Transgender Women in Lima, Peru. AIDS Behav 21:3299-3311
Perez-Brumer, Amaya; Day, Jack K; Russell, Stephen T et al. (2017) Prevalence and Correlates of Suicidal Ideation Among Transgender Youth in California: Findings From a Representative, Population-Based Sample of High School Students. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 56:739-746
Chanda, Michael M; Perez-Brumer, Amaya G; Ortblad, Katrina F et al. (2017) Barriers and Facilitators to HIV Testing Among Zambian Female Sex Workers in Three Transit Hubs. AIDS Patient Care STDS 31:290-296
Clark, Jesse L; Segura, Eddy R; Oldenburg, Catherine E et al. (2017) Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) increases the frequency of partner notification among MSM in Lima, Peru: a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Med 15:94
Perez-Brumer, Amaya G; Oldenburg, Catherine E; Biello, Katie B et al. (2016) HIV prevalence, sexual behaviours and engagement in HIV medical care among an online sample of sexually active MSM in Venezuela. Int J STD AIDS 27:790-7

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