Training Programs: Overview
The Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health sponsors a wide range of training and educational programs.
Since 1989,the HIV Center's NIMH-supported Behavioral Sciences Research Training Program in HIV Infection has provided postdoctoral training for approximately 60 fellows, with an emphasis on the recruitment of minority trainees. Recognizing the increasing need for HIV behavioral researchers with expertise in the science of sexuality and gender, the program provides state-of-the-art, intensive theoretical and methodological training in human sexuality research with an emphasis on applied problems in HIV prevention.
The Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health is also home to a multi-site training program, the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC). Previously focused solely on New York and New Jersey, the AETC expanded both in scope and territory in the fall of 2015 to include Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It conducts targeted, multi-disciplinary education and training programs and capacity building assistance for healthcare providers and systems treating persons living with HIV/AIDS.
Within the Division, the Program for the Study of LGBT Health sponsors a fellowship program to provide a training experience in the mental health aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health. The LGBT Health Fellowship integrates training, clinical service, and research, and provides mentorship and supervision by senior academic practitioners.
In addition, the HIV Center has also been a training site for Fogarty International Center fellows from South Africa, Minority Investigators supported by NIMH supplements, Aaron Diamond Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows, Social Science Research Council Sexuality Research Fellows, and Visiting Scientists from around the world. Division investigagtors also provide training for psychology interns, medical students, graduate students, psychiatry residents, and other fellows from the Columbia University Health Sciences Campus.