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About the HIV Center

Since our founding in 1987, the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies has conducted research on HIV prevention, treatment, and care. In 2013, the HIV Center received its sixth renewal from NIMH to provide support for HIV-related research through six Cores and with the following three primary aims:


1) To advance the science of HIV prevention, treatment, and care by providing the building blocks of new combination prevention strategies with a concentration on the roles of mental health, sexual behavior, gender, and health disparities.

2) To realize the full potential of biomedical HIV prevention and treatment strategies through application of behavioral and social science theory and research.

3) To use principles of implementation science to maximize the public health impact of new HIV prevention and care strategies and close the gaps among research, practice, and policy.


Research associated with the HIV Center comprises approximately 40 individual studies involving more than 100 investigators and staff from disciplines that include psychology, psychiatry, public health, anthropology, sociology, and social work. We work in New York City and State, nationally, and internationally.  In all, the HIV Center is one of the oldest and most productive continuously funded AIDS research centers in the United States.


The HIV Center is a critical component of the work of the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University.


For information specifically about our Division Gender, Sexuality and Health click here.