Iván C. Balán, Ph.D.
Investigator, Intervention Science Core
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
Iván C. Balán, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and investigator at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where he splits his time between the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies and the Anxiety Disorders Clinic. As a researcher, he brings to his work extensive clinical experience, primarily with ethnic minority inner-city populations. Dr. Balan is also an Investigator with the HIV Center's Intervention Science Core.
At the HIV Center, Dr. Balán has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on a number of studies exploring sexual risk behavior among men who have sex with men (MSM). Currently, he is Principal Investigator of a study exploring potential targets of HIV prevention interventions in high-risk alcohol venues frequented by MSM in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is also a Co-Investigator of a study assessing predictors of HIV risk behavior among MSM in Buenos Aires, and on studies exploring the use of rapid HIV home testing among MSM, and the practice of “barebacking.” His research interests lie in understanding the relationship between mental health and HIV risk behavior, particularly among ethnic minority MSM.
At the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Dr. Balán's work has focused on developing culturally appropriate assessment instruments and interventions for Latinos, and more recently, the development of manualized interventions for the treatment of pathological gambling. He has also written numerous Motivational Interviewing-based treatment manuals for NIH-funded research studies. Dr. Balán is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and provides consultation and training in organizations around cross-cultural competence.