Theresa Exner, Ph.D.
Investigator, Intervention Science Core
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
Theresa Exner, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, where she teaches human sexuality to psychiatric residents and medical students. She also teaches in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia and is a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. As an investigator with the HIV Center's Intervention Science Core, Dr. Exner provides consultation to a variety of researchers and community organizations on project and intervention development, training staff on sexuality related issues, and assessment of sexual behavior.
Dr. Exner has been involved in HIV prevention work since 1988. Previous federally funded initiatives include HIV/STI prevention efforts with women accessing contraceptive care in medically under-served areas of NYC; evaluation of a school-based, peer- and teacher-delivered prevention program for youth in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa; and development and piloting of an HIV prevention program targeting Nigerian men. Recently, in partnership with the NYSDOH AIDS Institute, she completed a state-wide structural intervention to promote female condom use. With Joanne Mantell, Ph.D., (Principal InvestigatorI), she is developing and will pilot-test an intervention to promote reproductive health among HIV-positive women and men entering primary HIV Care in Cape Town, South Africa, and, with Susie Hoffman, Dr. P.H. (Principal Investigator) is working on a study to understand health care trajectories of newly-diagnosed HIV+ women and men in Durban, South Africa.